Rob Wasserman, owner of Rouge, 500 Degrees and The Saint James, announces plans for the Third Annual Philadelphia Burger Brawl. The event will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2013, from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at the Fleisher Art Memorial, located on 719 Catherine Street in South Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Burger Brawl was founded in 2011 by Rob and his wife Maggie as a fundraiser to benefit the construction of computer labs in public elementary schools in the City of Philadelphia. Twenty-four of the city’s top burger chefs compete to see which burger is the best. The event sells out annually and more than 700 attendees are expected. Marc Summers will emcee the event.
Participants for 2013 include: 500 Degrees, Alla Spina, Barbuzzo, Butcher and Singer, The Capital Grille, The Corner, The Dandelion, Ela, Good Dog Bar, The Industry, Kennett, London Grill, Lucky’s Last Chance, Misconduct Tavern, Morgan's Pier, Percy Street Barbecue, Rouge, Saint James, Shake Shack, Silk City, South Philadelphia Tap Room, Spencer ETA Burger and Table 31. Wasserman’s restaurants 500 Degrees, Rouge and Saint James will offer burgers, but do not take part in the competition. Past winners include Jen Carroll from Ten Arts and Michael McNally from London Grill in 2011 and David Wiederholt from The Capital Grille and Bobby Flay from Bobby’s Burger Palace in 2012. Prizes are awarded for Judges’ and People’s Choice.