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!!
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.
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!!