It’s time to settle the question that has plagued Chattanooga for years: Who makes the best burger?
Six opponents (area chefs) will square off on Patten Parkway this Saturday, Sept. 7 to settle the score once and for all.
The inaugural Chattanooga Burger Battle was created by a group of friends who, like many of us, really enjoy noshing down on a tasty burger.
"We were sitting at The Terminal," said Daniel Bryan, an organizer of the event. "And we said, ‘This is a good burger,’ but then we started thinking about other burgers and realized there are so many chefs that we should do a contest."
But Bryan, a firefighter, didn’t want to just have a hamburger contest. He wanted to make a difference.
What: Chattanooga Burger Battle
When: Saturday, Sept. 7, 5-9 p.m.
Where: Patten Parkway
How much: $23 in advance, $28 at the gate
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All proceeds from the event will go toward the Forgotten Child Fund, which benefits needy families and their children at Christmas. Without funds and donations, these "forgotten" children would not receive toys or nutrition during the holidays.
"My wife is a 911 dispatcher," Bryan said. "A lot of co-workers we highly respect have helped the fund, so we came up with the battle as a way to help, too."
And a battle it will be. Six chefs from local restaurants will try to impress three judges: Erik Niel of Easy Bistro, chef Charlie Loomis and Cowboy Kyle from US101.
Participants are the best of the best: Blacksmith’s, The Honest Pint, Armando’s, Hair of the Dog, Southern Burger Company and Tremont Tavern.
"Tremont Tavern is the sleeper," Bryan said. "There’s a lot of competition."
Guests will be able to sample each burger
Double-Cola and US101 are also sponsoring the event, as well as providing cornhole and games. Double-Cola will also offer a loaded french fry bar and soft drinks. Cadence Coffee will provide coffee. A cash bar from On the List Catering will be available.
Tickets are $23 in advance, $28 at the gate.
May the best burger win.
Updated @ 4:05 p.m. on 9/3/13 to correct a factual error: The original story said that Charlie Loomis was with Elemental, based on information we received, but the chef is actually no longer with the restaurant, as originally reported.
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