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A Burger Challenge from Whole Foods and the Goodwill Grill

July 15th, 2015 by Richard Chudy

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A couple of weeks ago, I was challenged on Instagram by the Whole Foods in Melrose. They had caught wind of American Burger Revival and wondered if I could create a burger out of any random collection of ingredients. Of course I am not one to back down from a challenge, especially a delicious beefy burger challenge, so I happily accepted. Off I went to the Melrose store, where I was given a basket of ingredients in which I was tasked to take them home and make a burger out of. Now, I’m not sure I would have sought out grass fed beef, plums, squid, challah bread, pomegranate molasses, ginger and a wedge of Nuvola di Pecora cheese, but I’m glad I did. I created my take on a surf and turf Patty Melt by making a burger topped with mustard fried calamari, plum-harissa cocktail sauce, grilled plums and crispy ginger with melted Nuvola di Pecora. I especially loved the way the cocktail sauce came out, as I incorporated a couple of the plums, harissa, pomegranate molasses and horseradish for a new twist on the old standby.

Now the fun part. On July 25th I will be at the Whole Foods in Melrose as part of their week long 2nd year anniversary party!  You’ll have the chance to taste a delicious burger creation (a new burger to be determined, squid optional) for $5 which includes chips and a soda and all the proceeds will go to the Melrose Veterans Memory Project. Copies of American Burger Revival will also be available for purchase so come on down and say hi!

Let’s talk about food!

September 23rd, 2014 by Richard Chudy

The 3rd annual Let’s Talk About Food Festival—the region’s largest outdoor food celebration event returns to Copley Sq. this weekend. The free festival, which was founded by local journalist Louisa Kasdon, features discussions with experts on current food issues such as sustainability and GMOs, live interactive cooking demonstrations with local and celebrity chefs, kid friendly activities, healthy food sampling—all designed to change how we eat, grow, cook, buy, and sell food in the community.

I am completely humbled and honored to be judging the “Earth and Turf” burger competition among some of the top chefs in Boston. The chefs will be challenged to create their version of the “Earth and Turf” burger— a burger that has a lighter carbon footprint by using 20% less ground beef, but still satisfies even the most self-proclaimed meat lovers. This is not your average burger competition. Participants include: Tony Maws, Craigie On Main and Kirkland Tap and Trotter; Chris Coombs, Deuxave, Boston Chops and dbar; and Tony Rosenfeld, B.Good;. The burger recipes will go on the menus of each participating chef and will also be published on Boston.Com.  This is going to be a great event and hope to see you all there!

Battle of the Burger 2014

September 4th, 2014 by Richard Chudy
Judges with the winner, Mike O'Connell

Judges with the winner, Mike O’Connell

If I had my pick of what to do on any given day, I’d say wolfing down a burger might be at the top of my list. Now, throw in an extra twenty burgers and we might be in business. Or, I might be in over my head. And welcome to Boston Magazine’s Battle of the Burger, 2014 addition. I had the privilege of being a judge for the home griller’s portion of the program, where three super talented home cooks duked it out to see who made the best burger. They were all fantastic, and the winner, Mike O’Connell, created a duck burger unlike anything I’ve ever had before. Despite my preference and being more of a beef purist with my burgers, the duck was lush, elegant and insanely delicious and he was a well deserved winner. It was quite an honor being on the panel with fellow judges Leah Mennies (food editor of Boston Magazine), Kelly Olynyk (Celtic player, and admittedly the person I was most excited to meet) and Ron Savenor of the famed Savenor’s. The evening was mc’d by my good friend, Jason Rossi, of Radio 92.9 fame. The rest of the night was a thrill as I sampled burgers from all the participating restaurants, a bunch of which I hadn’t had before. Many were very classically prepared, and a few were completely original for the event and I certainly had an amazing (albeit a very full) time. My personal favorite was the burger from Zebra’s Bistro, who served up a smaller version of their house burger, arriving on a challah bun and topped with miso aioli, Vermont cheddar, bacon and pickled red onions. The winner, for the second year in a row, was the popular Blue Ox in Lynn, and I clearly need a re-visit since many people claim this to be the best burger in the area. All in all it was a fantastic night with great food and great friends and I can’t wait to come back again next year.

Me and Vegas Burger Blog, burger brothers for life..

Me and Vegas Burger Blog, burger brothers for life..

Boston Magazine’s The Cookout and two giveaways

July 31st, 2014 by Richard Chudy

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For the past couple of years Boston Magazine has held the Battle of the Burger, a fun night where chefs and restaurants compete for burger supremacy. This year I’m back for the second time as a judge for the home griller competition, where home cooks create their best burger and the winner gets all sorts of prizes and bragging rights. I’m thrilled to be back participating again this year in what they are now calling The Cookout. New this year is the addition of The Cue, a competition to see who has the best BBQ in the area plus ten local bartenders will be slinging some cocktails in their own competition. It’s two nights that are sure to be incredible, and I’m lucky enough to be able to do a giveaway for two general admission tickets each to both The Cue (which includes the mixologist portion) on August 12th and the Battle of the Burger on August 13th. So which one do you want to go to? Just comment below (only once please) telling me which event you’d rather go to and why and choose wisely. I will choose one winner for The Cue and one winner for the Battle of the Burger. For an extra chance to win please visit my Facebook page and Twitter account (with the hashtag #BigCue or #burgerbattle) and tell me which event you prefer. I’ll announce two winners on Tuesday, August 4th at random. Good luck and I hope to see you in August!!

White Horse Tavern 1,000 free burger challenge

July 24th, 2014 by Richard Chudy

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The folks behind White Horse Tavern in Allston (also of The Avenue, Harry’s Bar and Grill and Shanghai Social Club, to name a few) invited me in yesterday to chat burgers, of course. Lucky for me (and for all of you) it’s a pretty damn good time to be invested in the burger business, as places seem to be popping up left and right these days, but I for one always think there is room for more. I’m proud to be be the first to report that White Horse Tavern is going to be a lot more burger-centric on their menu in the coming days and weeks. I sampled a bunch and was incredibly impressed with the quality of beef (ground in-house from Pineland Farms), house-made pickles and freshly baked house buns. The 4 ounce chuck roll patties are cooked on a massive flat-top and some of the burgers include a brunch burger with hash browns, a fried egg and bacon, and a ballpark burger made with a sausage patty, peppers, onions and fresh mozzarella. The menu is a la carte but the basic burger starts at $4, with sides (Sea Salt Fries, Parmesan Truffle Fries) starting at $1.50. I also wanted to share that on Tuesday, August 5th beginning at 11:30am, White Horse Tavern will be giving away 1,000 burgers until they run out or at midnight, whichever comes first. You will receive a 4 ounce griddled fresh ground Pineland Farms beef burger, on a freshly baked house bun, homemade pickles, and choice of cheese.  1 per customer, no additional purchase needed.  Additional toppings and fries are menu price. Over 21 after 7pm. Chef Josh Davis says he dares the Allston community to eat 1,000 free burgers on August 5th. I’m definitely not one to blow smoke, but I was very impressed with the burgers I tried, and have long been a proponent of the burgers at The Avenue for years. The new menu officially rolls out on July 29th, so do yourself a favor and check it out sometime soon.

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A giveaway!!

June 8th, 2014 by Richard Chudy

Happy Sunday!!

I’m doing a giveaway with the good folks at Kayem as part of their new line of artisan sausages. Want some free Kayem swag including a sample of the new sausages? Just drop a comment below telling me what your favorite thing to grill in the summer is. Contest ends tomorrow at noon, and then one lucky winner will be announced. For an extra chance to win, leave an additional comment on my Facebook page or via Twitter. Good luck!!