NEWPORT — The Newport Burger Bender continues by way of Feb. 23 in tandem with the Newport Winter Pageant with a report 39 burgers competing for the “finest burger” crown.
Many of the parts of the competitors stay the identical in its fourth yr, nonetheless for the primary time eating places are capable of submit a second non-beef burger.
As such, the vote-driven Individuals’s Alternative Award will likely be given to burgers in every of the 2 classes: beef and plant-based/non-beef.
Restaurant winners in every class will obtain a $500 prize, free registration within the 2020 Fall Newport Restaurant Week ($300 worth), a complimentary featured itemizing for 12 months on DiscoverNewport.org ($1,200 worth), and the coveted Newport Burger Bender trophy.
“Whether or not messy, meatless or monumental; goopy, grass-fed or with grilled onions; tangy, tart or triple-pattied, we’re anticipating our native cooks to be each calculated and artistic in the case of this yr’s Burger Bender entries,” Julie Grant, Uncover Digital Advertising Supervisor and the competition’s organizer, stated in an announcement.
Diners can go to the Newport Burger Bender web page on DiscoverNewport.org to see the entries and descriptions and plan their burger tasting journey accordingly.
Voting will likely be activated on the web page Feb. 14 by way of Feb. 23. Individuals will even be capable of vote onsite at taking part eating places by tagging their burgers on social media with the burger’s customized hashtag. Those that vote on-line utilizing the burger’s hashtag will likely be additionally entered into every day giveaways from Uncover Newport.
Each the meat and plant-based/non-beef burgers with probably the most votes on the finish of the competition will likely be topped winners. Native media will even be naming their “Critic’s Alternative” winners.
Diners merely trying to seize and share their meals can accomplish that on social media with the hashtag #NewportBurgerBender.
This yr’s entries may have a troublesome act to comply with.
LaForge On line casino Restaurant gained high honors of the competition for the second yr operating with its Winterburger in 2019. The eight oz. floor brisket mix patty topped with signature slow-braised quick rib, child arugula, cheddar and smoked bacon-cranberry jam on a toasted brioche bun acquired greater than 1 / 4 of the votes forged.
In 2019 the Critic’s Alternative went to The Mooring’s “Candy N’ Spicy” burger, a Brandt Farms beef patty topped with pepper jack cheese, pineapple jalapeño marmalade, Cajun bacon and fried onion strings.
The Artistic Champion when to the “Towering Inferno” burger at Chomp Kitchen & Drinks in Warren.
“Not solely have been the toppings nostalgic and over-the-top (Andy Capp Sizzling Fries and deep-fried jalapeño and cheddar cream cheese bomb), however the patties themselves have been unmatched,” stated Jamie Coelho, affiliate editor at Rhode Island Month-to-month in a press launch on the time.
“The mortadella pork patty had such a wealthy taste and high quality texture, and the dollop of guacamole gave me simply sufficient reassurance that it was only a tiny bit wholesome. Even the dimensions of the burger was spectacular with double patties and a steak knife protruding of the highest to assist reduce it all the way down to a extra manageable, burger-to-face measurement.”