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| Posted by Megan for Sutter Home
The votes are in! I am pleased to annouce that Susan Scarborough is $10,000 richer!!! Special congrats to our 1st runner up: Sharyn Hill from region 5 and our 2nd runner up: Lisa Huff from region 3! Learn more about Build a Better Burger
| Posted by Megan for Sutter Home
The audience weighed in in our Great Burger Debate of 2008 and the results are in. Hooray for People's Choice Beef Burger winner: Kristine Snyder and the Hawaii Da Kine Burgers with Sweet-Chili Glaze, Ginger-Goat Cheese Spread, and Hot Watercress Salad ! Learn more about Build a Better Burger
| Posted by Megan for Sutter Home
And we have the results of the People's Choice for the Alternative Category! Congrats go out to: Valerie Szlatenyi for her Ocean State Swordfish Burgers with Tangy Apple Tartar Sauce ! Learn more about Build a Better Burger
| Posted by Megan for Sutter Home
Um. So much for me being sneaky. I got booted out. But not before I got this pic. Learn more about Build a Better Burger
| Posted by Megan for Sutter Home
Kristine Snyder is rounding out hte beef finalists with her recipe and all of the judges were absolutely wow-ed by it. The number of ingredients was also a hot topic today and since Kristine used the same ingredients mulitple times, I'm sure she'll get bonus points for that. The ingredients are all...
| Posted by Megan for Sutter Home
Region 4 beef finalist, George Graham, the sole male in this year's contest, is bringing up his Bluesiana Burger and the judges are agreeing that his use of region ingredients (root beer glaze, Mardi Gras slaw) is rockin' the burger world. The judges are all very interested in his mix of regional...
| Posted by Megan for Sutter Home
I know many of you may not think of using apples in a beef burger contest but Jamie Miller did it up right with her apple slaw! They were a little unsure of her use of celery but once they tasted it, the judges like the crunch! And not to quote rapper Nelly, but "It's Hot in Herre." We have brought...
| Posted by Megan for Sutter Home
Mary Thompson has presented her Palmetto Pride Pimetno Cheese Burger and the judges have all commented on the use of pimento (pronouced "pimenna", if you're LuLu Buffet!) cheese, something that we can all get on board with! Judge Art Smith has dubbed this a "burger that you can imagine at a...
| Posted by Megan for Sutter Home
Our beef finalists are putting the finishing touches on their burgers! Sonali Ruder from NYC is up first. (After a short pause for the Wine Train to go by--that horn is loud ! It makes the Food Network audio crew's job a little more difficult) The judges love the use of frizzled onions. (I heart...
| Posted by Megan for Sutter Home
Our region 5 finalist, Sharyn Hill, has presented her burger and the judges are impressed with the use of regional ingredients, a theme from this year. Hailing from Las Cruces, NM, the southwestern influence is apparent (apparently delicious according to the judges!) Learn more about Build a Better...
| Posted by Megan for Sutter Home
Kathleen Stubler is up with her Region 4 and so far, she seems to be winning the prize for a burger that runs down your face and arms! The judges don't mind the use of extra napkins if it means that they get to enjoy Kathleen's burger! James McNair tastes Kathleen's burger... The slaw is receiving...
| Posted by Megan for Sutter Home
Lisa Huff is presenting her burger to the judges. It's called a Yooper burger. Wanna know what a yooper is? Well, Lisa explained that a yooper is a a person who resides in the upper pennisula of the Michigan area (I think she said Michigan? I was trying to keep one ear open whilst typing...) Her...
| Posted by Megan for Sutter Home
They are just going too darn fast for my fingers of fury. Our region 1 finalist hit the stage with her burger and the general consensus was that it was a very moist burger, which is difficult to accomplish with seafood burgers. Valerie has impressed the judges with the flavors. Region 2's Susan...
| Posted by Megan for Sutter Home
The above is a reference to not only that glorious sound of burgers on the grill but also to the temp here in Napa Valley today. It is HOT . And I'm not even in front of a grill! Check out our beef finalists as they prep their recipes... Sonali Ruder- Region 1 Mary Thompson- Region 2 Jamie Miller-...
| Posted by Megan for Sutter Home
On my way to the beef grills, Sutter Home Commander-in-Chief Bob Torkelson brought the judges onto the stage. These are the people who will be crowning a $50,000 winner this afternoon! Learn more about Build a Better Burger
| Posted by Megan for Sutter Home
OK, I got sidetracked by the Ben & Jerry's cart. I'm sorry. I'm only human! With an affinity for ice cream. For the record, ice cream before noon still tastes good. Learn more about Build a Better Burger
| Posted by Megan for Sutter Home
The alternative finalists have gotten underway and I literally hopped a velvet rope into the cooking arena. (I guess the large camera made me look official because no one told me to get back!) Region 1 Finalist Valerie Szlatenyi is putting together her swordfish burgers. For the record, today wil...
| Posted by Megan for Sutter Home
It's finally here! the 18th annual BBB contest is (almost) in full swing! The sun is out, people are out walking around and the Sutter Home Victorian Inn is all a buzz of activity. I sneaked in a little early, with my camera in tow (both of them!) to get some prelim shots... Don't you just wish...
| Posted by Megan for Sutter Home
The temperatures are slowly starting to drop here in the Napa Valley and fall means a few things aroud the winery: harvest (that goes without saying), Build a Better Burger and Sutter Home for Hope . Since everyone is pretty much up to speed with BBB insert shameless plug here: we will be live...
| Posted by Megan for Sutter Home
And now, the moment you've all been waiting for: The 2008 Sutter Home Build a Better Burger finalists! In the Beef category: Region 1- Sonali Ruder; New York, NY: New York Steakhouse Burger Region 2- Mary Thompson; Lexington, SC: Palmetto Pride Pimento Cheese Burgers Region 3- Jamie Miller; Maple...