Not to dwell on tragedy, but last year for a number of reasons you can Google if you care to, Taste of the Wasatch, a fund-raising food event, collapsed. That means the entities it raised funds for, like Utahns Against Hunger, lost thousands in funding.
The good news is, last year, and this year, some heroes in the food and beverage industry have stepped up to try to help fill the gap and hungry people’s stomachs.
Thanks to Caymus (caymus.com), Sugar House Distillery (sugarhousedistillery.com), the Garage (garageonbeck.com)and all the restaurants listed below, all you have to do is eat a burger to help the hungry.
Seven different burgers. Manoli’s, Copper Onion, Oquirrh, Avenues Proper, Spencer’s and SLC Eatery each presented a burger. Each burger was paired with a different beverage. You want to know who won, right?
Well, first you have to join in the judging: Go eat these contested burgers and vote for the one you think is best.
The Beatdown ends on September 1, 2019. The winner will be announced at the Garage on Beck along with a concert by legendary Utah blues man (yes, we have one) Joe McQueen. The money goes to help feed those who can’t afford the burger you’re eating. And certainly not the drink that goes with it. Look, eating a burger and a half a day isn’t too much to ask to help such a good cause.
Manoli’s Burger manolison9th.com 8 oz. grilled garlic beef patty, red pepper feta spread, fennel cucumber slaw, garlic aioli, artisan bun Pair with: Kokkino: Sugar House vodka, house gazpacho, Lustau rojo vermouth, lemon
Spencer’s www3.hilton.com Smoked bacon, cambazola cheese, roasted garlic aioli, lettuce, sliced tomato on a ciabatta bun. Pair with: Sugar House rye, ransom sweet vermouth, benedictine and a dash ango bitters
Avenues Proper avenuesproper.com Strawberry Fields Burger : Strawberry guajillo BBQ sauce, caramelized onions, pickled pineapple, Muenster, Scarlett frill Pair with: Conundrum White Table Wine
Copper Onion thecopperonion.com Beer-battered cheese curds, ranch mayo, caramelized onions. Pair with: Conundrum White Table Wine
SLC Eatery slceatery.com Spicy smoked cheddar aioli, bordelaise onions. Pair with: Sugar House rye with lemon, ginger, habanero bitters
Oquirrh oquirrhslc.com Oquirrh chicken pot-pie-burger with sharp cheddar. Pair with: Conundrum Red
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