Boca Burger Battle 2013 Contenders!


Photo of Bite Gastrotruck accepting the award for
Judge's Pick for "Best Grill Master" 2013

Burger Battle Winner Bite Gastrotruck

Our Chefs will be serving a variety of burgers; beef, turkey, vegan, and fish varieties...

Bite Gastrotruck Chef Ron Kerr

2013 CHAMPION for Judges's Pick for "Best Grill Master"! Chef Ron Kerr developed an affinity for the kitchen at a young age, as he prepared dinner for his family nightly to help his working parents. His first job at a restaurant was by the time he was 13 starting out as a busboy. After attending the Florida Culinary Institute for chef school he has been executive chef at some notable restaurants; Marker 88 in the Keys, Georgie's Alibi in Wilton Manors, Sunset Beach in the Hamptons, all places that expanded an honed Ron's talents in the kitchen. His latest endeavor is the Bite Gastrotruck, with a menu of gourmet burgers, hand-cut fries and addicting milkshakes. This menu makes perfect sense as his burgers won the Riverwalk Burger Battle winner in 2010 and 2011 and grabbed a spot in the top 100 burgers in America.

Bite Gastrotruck | 3964 NE 5th Ave Oakland Park, FL 334 | 305.394.3575 | Web

Morton's Steak House Boca Raton Mortons Burger Bites

2013 CHAMPION for People's Choice for "Best Boca Burger"! Joe Renta, Executive Chef – has worked in the restaurant industry for years, having served as for other Morton’s locations. In his position as Executive Chef, Joe oversees the daily operations of the kitchen, the integrity of the preparation of all Morton’s Recipes, made fresh daily from scratch. Morton's actually exists today because of...hamburgers! Years ago, before co-founders Arnie Morton and Klaus Fritsch really knew one other, they both worked at the Playboy Club in Montreal. The club was changing the menu, and Klaus cooked a hamburger that was sent out for Arnie to try. Arnie burst into the kitchen, demanding to know "Who cooked that hamburger?" When Klaus stepped forward, he wasn't sure if Arnie was going to be pleased or not but was relieved to hear him say that it was the best he'd ever tasted. From that day forward, they called it the "Million-Dollar Hamburger"! Since day one, Morton's has used the same suppliers for our aged prime beef and other meat. They select the best of their inventory for us–and if it doesn't meet Morton's standards, it doesn't get cut for their steaks. Prime Beef at Morton's is aged for 23-28 days and then portion cut by highly experienced Chicago meat cutters. Their meat arrives fresh to your locations ready to partake in the ultimate dining experience!

Morton's Steak House | 5050 Town Center Circle | Boca Raton, FL 33486 | 561.392.7724 | Web

4th Generation Collin Cook

2013 CHAMPION for Judge's Pick for "Best Alternative Grill Master"! A talented and creative chef, Collin has been with 4th Generation since it’s inception in 2009. Originally a pre-med student, Collin worked as a line cook. When he realized the healing power of a raw and vegan lifestyle, he knew this was what he wanted to pursue. He felt that healing people through food would be more rewarding and raw/vegan cooking became his passion and career. The rest is history! In addition, Collin has been the Guest Lecture Speaker for the National Health Convention in 2010 and 2011. He also gives raw food prep classes at 4th Generation. Collin is recently married, a musician, history buff and loves animals.

4th Generation Market | 75 SE 3rd Street | Boca Raton, FL | 561.338.9920 | Web

Potions In Motion Dane Iacangelo

2013 2nd Place for Judge's pick for "Best Grill Master" and 3rd Place for People's Choice for "Best Boca Burger"! Meet Executive Chef, Dane Iacangelo. Chef Dane has over 12 years of cooking experience. Chef Dane ran the Hampton Clambake and Catering company in the Hamptons for 7 years along with 5 seasons in Palm Beach. Chef Dane came aboard to Potions in Motion's food division about 2 years ago and has totally revamped and revitalized the food catering aspect of the company. Chef Dane has incorporated all types of cuisine to prepare exquisite food and amazing presentation that will surely excite even the pickiest of pallets.

Potions in Motion | Boca Raton, FL | 877.727.8964 or 561.989.8879 | Web

Shake Shack Shake Shack Burger

2013 3rd Place for Judge's pick for "Best Grill Master"! On April 22, 2013, our third Florida Shack opened in Boca Raton’s University Commons shopping center. Boca’s thriving business scene, academic community and world-class resorts make it the perfect spot for our all-natural burgers, flat-top dogs, frozen custard, beer, wine and more. Located on Glades Road directly across from Florida Atlantic University, this is a true “roadside” Shack with an expansive outdoor patio for alfresco dining.

Shake Shack | 1400 Glades Road | Boca Raton, FL 33431 | 561.923.0847 | Web

Rebel House Boca Raton Rebel House

2013 2nd Place for People's Choice for Best Boca Burger and 2012 CHAMPION for Judges's Pick for Best Grill Master and People's Choice for Best Boca Burger! Another E&M Munchies Grub Inspired Joint! The Rebel House is a 'NEW' full service "Renegade" restaurant & bar that opened its doors in downtown Boca Raton. With the great success of Charm City Burger in Deerfield Beach, we look forward to servicing Boca Raton and South Florida with another great restaurant! The Rebel House was built to give the common folk a place to imbide, indgest, and indulge. We will be keeping it pure with Classic Cocktails, Craft Beer, & Gourmet food without all the fancy and coin.

Rebel House | 299 East Palmetto Park Road | Boca Raton, FL 33432 | 561.431.3373 | Web

Gimme A Burger Gimme A Burger Deerfield Beach

2012 2nd Place Judges's Pick for Best Grill Master! Gimme a Burger, based in South Florida, is the collaborative effort of a group of close friends with a lifetime of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry. The idea was to create a fast food dining experience based on high quality food served in an upscale environment rather than the common cafeteria type atmosphere.

Our promise is to serve great food, fast and fresh. We use only the finest ingredients from the finest purveyors in the industry. Unlike others we don't just use any old meat or fillers for our burgers. Our burgers are 100% Prime Certified Angus Beef® that give them a distinctive taste and flavor, even without any toppings. This beef is produced under strict sanitary conditions inspected by the USDA. We don't cut corners or quality. We deliver the best at a value price. We won't serve anything we wouldn't be proud to serve to our family and friends.

Come taste the difference and don't forget; If you're hungry all you have to say is Gimme A Burger.

Our head cook and bottle washer is Craig Marcy. He has spent a lifetime in food industry working at all levels from the kitchen to management. He's worked in mom and pop operations all the way up to corporate multi-chain operations in a managerial role. He has a true passion for food and creative flair. Since the opening of Gimme A Burger, Craig has decided he likes the title of self taught burger engineer. Craig and his team of burger engineers, Dave Erbe and Randy Johnson can build your ultimate burger.

Gimme A Burger | 1200 East Hillsboro Blvd. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 | 954.708.2553 | Web

Red's Backwoods BBQ Boca Raton Chef Red's Backwoods BBQ

Award-Winning BBQ featuring South Florida’s best BBQ Ribs and catering services. We provide dine in, take out and catering services. A family owned and operated business proudly celebrating our 10th Anniversary. We opened our first restaurant, located in Boca Raton, in 1998. Opened every day for lunch and dinner. We are famous for “fallen’ off the bone” St. Louis Style Ribs and North Carolina pulled pork. Red’s wings are lightly seasoned with our secret rub. Brunswick stew and soups are all homemade. We also offer salads, steaks, chicken, fish, and of course, desserts. Red’s is a family friendly restaurant with a sizeable children’s menu that includes free drinks for the kids.

Red's Backwoods BBQ | 1345 W Palmetto Park Rd Boca Raton, FL 33486 | 561.417.0797 | Web

Red Brick Grille Frank Theatres

NEWLY OPENED in the Delray Market Place. Red Brick Grille is located inside the Frank Theatres. Serving delicious chef created Americana classics. Guests will be treated to home-style cooking including the house specialty BBQ, gourmet pizzas & pastas, mouth-watering burgers, hand-crafted sandwiches and fresh salads. This is an entertainment venue that includes VIP bowling lanes for private parties and over 35 games in our video and prize game arcade and 12 movie auditoriums including an IMAX, entertainment for all!

Red Brick Grille | 14775 Lyons Road Delray Beach, FL 33446 | 561.454.8002 | Web

English Tap & Beer Garden English Tap and Beer Garden Boca Raton

Welcome to The English Tap & Beer Garden restaurant. We serve 25 beers on tap and have over 60 bottled beers from around the world, and has created an ample menu of delicious, reasonably-priced casual fare, perfect for lunch, dinner and happy hour with daily happy hour specials. The large space has inviting outdoor seating areas, under shade and overlooking the tranquil fountain in the middle of Boca Center, surrounded by lush greenery and flowers. Experience our inviting pub favorites along with other tasty selections including burgers and sliders, organic chicken, short ribs, brisket, Bangers & Mash, Wasabi Tuna, English Tap Asian Chicken Salad, English Tap Skirt Steak, an assortment of flat breads and Panini's, a daily fresh raw bar, and much more.

The English Tap & Beer Garden | 5050 Town Center Cir. | Boca Raton, FL 33486 | 561.544.8000 | Web

Boca Miller's Ale House Boca Ale House Burger

Can’t decide between a steak, fresh seafood or Buffalo wings? Our restaurant menu has it all – from New York Strip to lobster, original pastas to fresh salads, and favorites like Zingers® boneless wings and homemade desserts. Our full-service bar features more than 75 beers, as well as wine and liquor.

Boca Ale House is your casual neighborhood tavern. Bring the family, watch the game with friends, lunch with co-workers – however you come to relax, you will have a good time and great food at the Boca Ale House.

East Boca Ale House | 1200 Yamato Road | Boca Raton, FL 33431 | 561.988.9142 | Web
West Boca Ale House | 9244 West Glades Rd | Boca Raton, FL 33434 | 561.487.2989 | Web

NYY Steak Seminole Casino Coconut Creek

Walter Apfelbaum is our head butcher at NYY Steak. Walter is a ground breaking butcher that meticulously ages our prime beef and hand cuts each steak served at NYY Steak and Legends Lounge. Walter has spent several years coming up with his signature blend of burger. Walter uses USDA Dry aged prime beef to make the Legend Burger patty. Walter has paired his signature burger with NYY’s famous house made bacon and extra sharp aged white cheddar cheese. All of this is put on top of a fresh baked brioche bun that acts as the perfect vehicle to carry the prime dry aged Legend burger to your wanting taste buds. We know of no other burger blend in this world that combines the quality of prime with the expertise of dry aging to create a true culinary prime burger experience. All willing participants should be prepared to take their mind, body and taste buds on an overindulgent culinary voyage to PRIMEBURGERTOPIA. Beware you may never be able to eat another so called hamburger again!!!

NYY Steak | Seminole Casino Coconut Creek | 954.935.6NYY (6699) | Web

Darbster Darbster Burger Vegan Veggie Burger Contender

John Lenhard a vegetarian for 24 years and a 30-year veteran of the hospitality industry, John specializes in fine-dining preparation and presentation. But his love for cooking started at an early age when his grandmother taught him how to create the perfect meal. Today, John enjoys reinventing those childhood favorites with all vegan ingredients. Since reading John Robbin's Diet for a New America, John has chosen a vegetarian lifestyle to benefit his health and to reduce animal suffering and environmental damage. As a culinary team, John works closely with Brian Bottge Chef in our West Palm Beach location, and they are the creative force behind Drabster, where we change the world one meal at a time. John Lenhard and Drabster have been included in the 2013 Best Chefs America: a consolidated reference guide of the best chefs in the country based on anonymous ratings.

Darbster | 6299 N Federal Hwy | Boca Raton, Florida 33487 | 561.586.2622 | Web

Sybarite Pig Daniel Naumko Sybarite Pig

Foremost Purveyor of Craft Beer and Grub - Peter from Boca Raton posted on "Wow, I'm so happy I've found this place in the middle of a whole lot of nothing. Their food is unlike anything else I've had around here, takes me back to trips to Seattle, San Francisco, and NY. Craft Beer selection is awesome! About 60 or so bottles and 8 rotating taps. I had Black Xantus and Tocobaca with my Hellswine Sausage and Tritip Burger, heavenly!! I see other reviewers saying it's overpriced for portion sizes... I strongly disagree, I was perfectly satisfied and happy with the price. This place is what every small community dreams about, local, small, personal, cool. I will definitely be coming back on a regular basis."

Sybarite Pig | 20642 State Road 7 Boca Raton, FL | 561.883.3200 | Web

Experience Catering Darrin Beni

Darrin Beni has been in the food service industry for over 20 years. He apprenticed in Pittsburgh, Penn under former American Culinary Federation president, Jack Braun. He went on to run three hotel restaurants and two full service restaurants at a very young age. His training eventually led him to open his own catering business "The Experience", allowing him to show off his creative menus and "outside the box" presentations. This inventive thinking helped him win Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals in various ACF competitions. Darrin’s imagination and insight has help him co-create Diced Chef Gear, a line of graphic chef coats inspired by the punk rock / tattoo culture. Together with his partners and creative team, they have a developed a unique fashion that is attracting a wide variety of customers. Darrin’s passion and imagination is evident in everything he does.

Experience Catering | Coconut Creek, FL | 954.643.0705 | Web

Florida Fresh Meat Company Florida Fresh Meat Company Chef Jan

Florida Fresh Meat Company produces organically raised, 100% gourmet grass fed Angus beef, grass fed lamb and goat, and natural pastured pork. Also available through our network of local ranches and farms is 100% pastured duck and chicken as well as farm raised, phosphate and preservative free Florida farm raised gator. Our beef carcasses, once processed, are hung in an air ventilated refrigerated locker for up to 28 days for our “old school” dry-aging process. This process naturally tenderizes the meat and enhances its taste. The beef is then cut into gourmet roasts, steaks and Angus Burger. Florida Fresh Meat Company and its sister company, Florida Glatt Kosher Meat is a locally owned family business, established in 2008. We are proud to be the first company in almost 20 years to produce fresh local meat to the public under USDA inspection.

Florida Fresh Meat Company | 352.566.8586 | Web

Kapow Kapow Noodle Bar

Kapow Noodle Bar! is the latest endeavor from South Florida restaurateurs Scott Frielich, Vaughan Lazar & Rodney Mayo located in Boca Raton’s Mizner Park. Kapow Noodle Bar aims to be one of the most exciting new restaurants in the area with a blend of unique Asian cuisine with a fun French Vietnamese flair. With fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, Kapow is an industry innovator led by Executive Chef Caleb Holman (formerly of DaDa) and his hand-picked team committed to making Kapow’s signature dishes impeccable, totally fun and gastronomically addictive. Dishes like Beef Yuke with Truffle Cream, Pork Ramen, Korean Sliders and Duck Confit Steamed Buns are bound to make taste buds dance. Modern takes on classic main dishes include a pan-seared scallops with lychee and coconut milk, remarkably tender marinated skirt steak with a blend of Asian mushrooms and his personal twist on pad thai and Vietnamese wings.

Kapow Noodle Bar | 431 Plaza Real Mizner Park | Boca Raton, FL 33432 | 561.347.7322 | Web

Butcher and the Burger Butcher and Burger

By now, you might get the idea that Butcher & the Burger isn’t just another burger shop. While the love of burgers brought us together, our vision is to bring the neighborhood a truly special place where foodies and the uninitiated alike can stop in and always find outstandingly fresh product, unique and exciting retail items, and the country’s best burger menu!

Butcher & The Burger | 6000 Glades Rd, Food Court | Boca Raton, FL | 773.697.3735 | Web

Additional BITES! provided by:

Big Green Egg Big Green Egg The Perfect Steak

This year's battle will introduce the ultimate cooking experience featuring the Big Green Egg, a ceramic kamando-style barbecue grill coming down from Atlanta Georgia. This is the most versatile outdoor cooking product on the market. An additional "eggstavaganza" at the Boca Burger Battle, is the Big Green Egg Cooking Academy will host the interactive Cooking Alley teaching guests all the tips and tricks to cooking pulled pork, brisket, ribs and chicken. And yes, there will be plenty of delicious samplings to go around for everyone.

Big Green Egg | 770.938.9394 | Web

Tucci's Pizza Tucci's Pizza Boca Raton

Tucci's will be serving tasty Wings!
It's all about the crust at Tucci's Pizza. We deliver a thin, crispy crust that's never bogged down with toppings. The house specialty is a decent Margherita (tomato sauce, imported buffalo mozzarella and fresh basil and imported cheese.

Tucci's Fire N Coal Pizza | 50 NE 1st Avenue Boca Raton, FL 33432 | 561.620.2930 | Web

GFS French Fries

GFS will be serving French Fries and Beer Battered Onion Rings!
Gordon Food Service is North America's largest family-owned broadline foodservice distributor. Our purpose is to serve our customers with the highest-quality foodservice products and services. We achieve this purpose through innovative systems and the spirit and integrity of our people.

GFS - Gordon Food Service | 3260 N. Federal Hwy Lighthouse Point, FL 33064 | 954.783.5200 | Web

Belle Amour Catering Belle Amour Catering Hall

Belle Amour will be serving a Ritz Salad and a Macaroni Salad!
Belle Amour Banquet Hall is a family own and operated banquet hall and catering business, with over 20 years of experiences in the food and hospitality management industry. We’ve own multiple restaurants, we are a license wedding/event planner, we experienced in domestic and destination weddings and other events.

Belle Amour Banquet Hall | 7111 W. Commercial Blvd Tamarac, FL 33319 | 954.366.4490 | Web

Snobar SnoBar-Cosmopolitan-Ice-Pop.JPG

They will be serving an assortment of Flavored Ice Pops! The SnöBar idea came to Eddie Masjedi one night at home while he was trying to create a special dessert for his wife Shannon. He started mixing alcohol into his ice cream to give it a little kick and voila! — an idea was born! Eddie is no stranger to divine inspiration. It is that creativity matched with his unbridled drive that has made him into the success story he is today. “Entrepreneurism definitely has an element of luck, but it mostly requires passion and a stalwart belief in your business or product.” Masjedi’s track record only proves his words true. From acquiring distressed businesses and turning them around into hugely profitable ones, to manufacturing, distribution and sales, Masjedi is well-versed in all aspects of the game. Clearly SnöBar, alcohol infused ice-pops and ice cream, was born out of inspiration, but it is Masjedi’s singular focus and diverse experience that is going to put it on the map. Soon after his homemade trials, Eddie teamed up with mixologists, chefs and food scientists to perfect the taste, texture and alcohol content. Made with natural ingredients and premium alcohol, there’s a full cocktail in every serving, the alcohol infused desserts are guaranteed to stimulate and please even the most sophisticated palate. SnöBar’s two types of ice-pops, Margarita and Cosmopolitan, replicate the distinct flavor and experience of the traditional cocktails. The Margarita ice-pop is made with premium tequila, lime and triple sec; the Cosmopolitan ice-pop is made with premium vodka, triple sec and cranberry. The superior-quality ice cream is available in the following flavors: Grasshopper, Pink Squirrel, Brandy Alexander Chocolate Chip. With a pure alcohol content range of 3.59 to 6.41 percent (8.22 to 14.67 alc/vol), each serving of SnöBar ice-pops and ice cream has the equivalent alcohol percentage of a full cocktail.

SnoBar Frozen Cocktails | 310.392.5606 | Web

Pretzel Crisps Pretzel Crisps Garlic Parmesan

A Better-For-You Snack & Wholesome Appetizer All-In-One Pretzel Crisps® are a modern twist on an old favorite. They combine the best part of the pretzel – all the flavor and crunch – but lighter, crispier and more versatile than ever before. Since 2004, Pretzel Crisps® have reinvented the pretzel category winning over the hearts and taste buds of snackers everywhere as the world’s first spreadable pretzel-shaped cracker. With its thin, crunchy, high-quality ingredients and sweet and savory flavors, it’s no wonder Pretzel Crisps® are the go-to, better-for-you snack choice. Available in a variety of low fat, baked varieties at only 110 calories per serving, Pretzel Crisps® are made without any trans fat, saturated fat or cholesterol. The exceptionally thin, flat-baked pretzel crackers have multiple uses in snacking. Whether eaten straight out of the bag, paired with other foods like meat, cheese, fruit and veggies or “skinny” dipped in your favorite low fat dip or spread, Pretzel Crisps® are the perfect snack to share with family and friends. So, bag the chips and reach for Pretzel Crisps®! One bite and you’ll rethink your pretzel!

Pretzel Crisps | Web

Homemade FLA Homemade Florida Truck

They will be serving an assortment of Cupcakes, Sweet Potato Keyline Pie and Baked Bean Cupcakes! Homemade is a sweet treats company specializing in gourmet cupcakes, specialty cakes, and premium ice creams! We are a part of South Florida's food truck scene; providing hundreds of people the elevated nostalgia of curbside comforts every week. We love special events, private parties, birthdays, festivals, fairs, and community service! One of the things that sets Homemade apart from the rest is our coined ability to incorporate healthy vegetables in our cakes. That's right, you can eat your daily serving of vegetables in many of our cupcakes each and every day! At least one flavor from our featured Garden Fresh(R) Cupcake Line can be enjoyed from our truck daily. Our soft serve mixes are made fresh daily with the richest of ingredients. For a lighter treat, we also serve Dole fruit blends, the official fruit flavor of Disney! And for private affairs, we can customize our flavors to fit your needs or health constraints, which can include frozen yogurt. You can follow our mobile truck on twitter or send us an email for a special request.

Homemade | South Florida | 754.777.9707 | Web

Spadini's Zeppoles

They will be serving Zeppoles Spadini's Mizner Pizzeria is a classic ‘pizza place’ al fresco style. Spadini's is located on the South Side of Mizner Park in Mizner Plaza on NE 2nd Street. The dough is shipped in from up North a few times a week making the dough a perfect New York taste! With sauce made fresh daily and over 20 toppings to offer, Spadini’s has specialty pizza pies (or by the slice, too) like Lasagna, Spinach and Cream Sauce, BBQ Chicken, Buffalo Chicken, Margarita, Grandma's (Sicilian with Sauce on the top) and Crostino Pizza (sliced tomato with homemade mozzarella on a Sicilian dough with a drizzle of balsamic oil & basil). Spadini's has a special made to order Stromboli recipe. The Stromboli recipe is made with Boars Head meats. The classic Rice Balls served up with freshly made sauce and ricotta have been a fan favorite too. Spadini's also offer's spinach and pepperoni pinwheels, Boars Head Italian heroes, Meatball Parm heroes and classic Italian dishes like Chicken Francese, Veal Parmesan and Veal Spadini's (hence the name). For Dessert and always a New York favorite, is Spadini's fresh made Zeppole’s. The Zeppole is an Italian pastry consisting of a deep-fried dough ball and as tradition should have it, at Spadini's the Zeppole's are shaken in a white paper bag with extra powdered sugar.

Spadini's | 134 NE 2nd Street Boca Raton, FL 33432 | 561.826.7123 | Web

Carters Island Delite Carters Chutney Sauces

They will be serving a variety of Hot Sauces Carter's Island Delite Hot Sauce - is a variety of Spicy sauces made with Hot peppers mainly ScotchBonnet and Habanero. Throught the caribbean, a variety of versions exsists , our Uncle Jer Habaero Sauce comes from a recipe that has been in the Carter family for over 70 years, while our Island Delite ScotchBonnet Sauceis a variation of a Barbadian recipe that we have come to love.

Carter's Island Delite | 954.347.4611 | Web

Oceans 234 Victor Franco

Born and raised in South Florida, Chef Victor Franco has worked for some of South Florida’s finest Chefs. After graduating from The Art Institute in Fort Lauderdale, Victor went to work for Chef Mark Militello on Las Olas Boulevard. After Marks Victor moved on to The Riverhouse, one of Fort Lauderdale’s most historic landmarks. There he learned the importance of using the finest ingredients, as well as sharpening his skills preparing veal, seafood and produce. Since then, Chef Victor has apprenticed in Maryland as a Pastry Chef, as well as a Personal Chef for foreign dignitaries and Local Politicians. After two and a half years in Maryland, Chef Victor returned to South Florida. Recently Victor has become the new Executive Chef at Oceans 234, Deerfield Beach’s premier oceanfront restaurant. By combining all his experience and adding his personal touch, Chef Franco has elevated the Oceans 234 menu far beyond anyone’s expectations!

Oceans 234 | 234 North Ocean Blvd. | Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 | 954.428.2539 | Web