What to Wear to a Burger Battle?
Saturday I had the awesome opportunity of being one of the judges for the 2015 Delaware Burger Battle held at the Cauffield House in Wilmington Delaware. To say that this was a hard job would be a lie because it was the easiest and by far the best job of the entire summer!
If you read my post last Monday then you would have known that I had suggested that you bring your appetite and to wear stretchy clothes. Thankfully, I heeded my own advice because I didn’t eat breakfast and wore this multicolor stretchable maxi dress.
The maxi dress was just one of several that I had purchased in May at Ross Dress for Less in preparation for our 2015 family vacation to the DR, remember this post? The elastic waist and long flowing bodice was not only chic but it was cool, comfy and I received many compliments throughout the day.
I have to admit that it was the perfect easy breezy outfit to wear to judge not one…not two…but 5 amazing burgers and then an afternoon of an all-you-can-eat from 15+ restaurants all vying for “The People’s Choice” trophy!
The fact that the Burger Battle was held at the scenic Cauffield House made the event even better, if that was even possible! “The Cauffiel House’s comfortable charm and picturesque setting provides a refuge from the modern world. The surrounding grounds feature a gracious canopy of mature trees and a quaint gazebo”. My son, Tayair attended with me and he was also my volunteer photographer so for that I wish to thank him for his patience!
I would also like to congratulate the winners of the 2015 DE Burger Battle;
Alternative Burger – Home Grown Café
Peoples Choice – Maiale Deli and Salumeria
Critics Choice – Chelsea Tavern
and also a special congratulations to the real winners of the day, The Ministry of Caring Emmanuel Dining Room who with the donated proceeds from the event will further assist them with their wonderful humanitarian efforts assisting those in need in the state of Delaware.
It was perfect day, warm weather with low humidity which is a rarity for a summer day in Delaware. It was also a delight to meet fellow Delaware food bloggers Don Palmer from www.aslongasweeat.com and Dan Sanchez of www.dorksandforks.com as well as Reyna Boyer of www.foodnerdjr.com
I can honestly say, that we all had a great time test tasting each burger grading them on a 4 point system and cleansing our pallets with cold beer. My favorite was Purple Haze, a New Orleans blend which was apropos considering it was the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
The 2015 Burger Battle was yet another fantastic Delaware event and would like to thank JulieAnne Cross for once again inviting me to participate and I look forward to the 2016 Delaware Burger Battle.
Do you have Burger Battles in your cities or towns?
Come back on Friday to see more of these mouth watering burgers which may give you some ideas for your Labor Day cookout.
In the meantime, check out my YouTube channel for a few highlights from the 2015 DE Burger Battle and my appeal to Adam Richman of NBCFoodFighters to attend next year’s battle.
Oh and there are some other pics on my Instagram page as well.
Hello friends and Happy Fri-Yay!
Last evening hubby and I attended “An Evening with Walter Mosley” at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, a program presented by New Castle County Reads. Mr. Mosley, was there to discuss his latest book “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey” .
The event began with a welcome from Sophia Hanson, General Manager and then an introduction by Tom Gordon, County Executive. Mr. Mosley started out by reading what can best be described as the last days of both his father and that of his mother ravaged by dementia. This reading invoked a range of emotions from the audience as evidenced by the many “ooh’s, aahs’ and laughter that could be heard throughout the auditorium.
Prior to attending this free event, I can honestly admit that I had never read any of Mr. Mosley’s books. I am, however, familiar with his Easy Rawlins’ mystery series as well as had seen the movie adaptation of “Devil in the Blue Dress” starring Denzel Washington.
A brief question and answer session followed, but many in the audience simply took to the microphone to thank Mr. Mosley for his love and gift of writing. Mr. Mosley’s sense of humor, expansive knowledge of history and ease of storytelling was acknowledged with a standing ovation.
Hundreds later stood in a long line to have a copy or copies of their books signed. I for one will be heading to the local library to check out one of Mr. Mosley’s more than 40 published books which is the ultimate goal of the New Castle County Reads Programs.
I hope your day is as beautiful as you are.
Hello Friends and Happy Monday
Today most of you are off from work in honor of MLK Day of Service. If you are looking for volunteer opportunities in your area please check the All For Good website, and in Delaware click (here). In addition to the many volunteer opportunities there are also local family events for you and the kids, so I hope you have a chance to attend one.
Oh me…I’m at work!
Events in and around Wilmington:
MON, JANUARY 20, 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
MLK Day Camp
Brandywine Zoo, 1001 North Park Drive, Wilmington, DE 19802
Our world is richer because of biodiversity! Come and learn why every living thing has a special place and purpose on our earth. Through fun activities, stories and crafts you’ll discover how to be a better animal ambassador! Campers must be potty trained and come dressed for the weather. Campers must bring a bag lunch and water bottle; light snack is provided. Morning drop off from 8-8:30 A.M.. Aftercare available until 5:30 P.M.
Fee: $55 per participant; $45 Delaware Zoological Society Members. Aftercare fee: $10 per person. Pre-registration required. Deadline for registration is January 15th.
To register, please call (302) 571-7788 ext. 200 or emailDNREC_Parks_ZooPrograms@state.de.us
MON, JANUARY 20, 9:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.
African-American Champions of Nature
Delaware Museum of Natural History, 4840 Kennett Pike (Rt. 52), Wilmington, DE 19807
Celebrate the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Museum! We’ll have games, crafts, and activities that will leave you filled with compassion for your fellow man and beast.
For more information call (302) 658-9111
MON, JANUARY 20, 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Celebrate MLK, Jr. Day with YWCA Delaware!
Trinity Episcopal Parish, 1108 North Adams Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
Please join us for a special racial justice event in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Lawrence Livingston, Pastor at Mother African Union Church. For more details, contact Faye Bonneau, Director of Racial Justice, at (302) 224-4060 ext. 218 firstname.lastname@example.org
MON, JANUARY 20, 1:00 – 3:30 P.M.
March for Peace and Community Celebration
1:00 – 2:00 March: St. Paul Catholic Church, Corner of West 4th and Van Buren Streets
2:00 – 3:30 Community Celebration: Be Ready Jesus is Coming Church, 1411 West 4th Street
Walk for peace in our community. The celebration following the march will have food, children’s activities, and arts, music and dance performances.
Questions? Contact Vanity at (302) 602-6560
Co-sponsored by West Side Grows Together and Wilmington Peacekeepers
Here are a few events in our area as posted on DelawareOnline
BREAKFAST IN WILMINGTON
The Organization of Minority Women Inc. hosts the 27th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast, 8 a.m. Monday at Chase Center on the Riverfront, 800 South Madison St., Wilmington. For tickets, $35, call Mary Plant at 764-4323.
BREAKFAST IN DOVER
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity has its 28th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast, Monday at Dover Modern Maturity Center, 1121 Forrest Ave. Doors open 7 a.m., an 8:45 a.m. program features Pastor Ellis B. Louden of Mount Zion AME Church, Dover. Admission is a $15 donation at the door.
BREAKFAST IN BRIDGEVILLE
The Western Sussex 2011 Day of Celebration prayer breakfast is 8 a.m. Monday at Heritage Shores Country Club, Bridgeville. Its theme is “TEAM-Work makes the DREAM-Work,” with the Rev. John G. Moore Sr. speaking, music by saxophonist Tony Smith and a Community Recognition Award to Derek and Monica Sheets of Seaford. For advance-only tickets, $20, call 628-1908.
PARTY, AWARDS MONDAY
The 21st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Children’s Birthday Party is at noon Monday at Bancroft Academy, Eighth and Lombard streets, Wilmington. The event, with birthday cake, is free. Guests are asked to donate canned food for the needy. Winners of an MLK poster/essay contest will be announced and must attend to get awards, sponsored by the Afro-American Historical Society of Delaware and National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa. For information, call Harmon R. Carey, 562-4718.
ALUMNI EVENT MONDAY
Delaware Academy of Science has a reception Monday for alumni of Iron Hill School 112-C, built in the 1920s for black children, now home to Iron Hill Museum. Alumni will get a preview of renovation plans. The reception is 2-4 p.m. in Building 15, Delaware Technology Park, 15 Innovation Way, Newark. To attend, alumni should call Rebecca L. Klug at 738-7532.
NATURE PROGRAM MONDAY
Delaware Museum of Natural History, 4840 Kennett Pike, Greenville, has “African-American Champions of Nature” 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday. Crafts, activities and displays honor scientist George Washington Carver, entomologist Charles Henry Turner, marine biologist Ernest Everett Just and ornithologist Robert A. Gilbert. Adults, $7, $5 for ages 3-17, $6 ages 60 plus, members and kids under 3, free. For information, call 658-9111.
CAN DRIVE STARTS MONDAY
The RSVP Advisory Council of Sussex County starts a food drive Monday that lasts into March. Food goes to Sussex County state service centers to fill crisis food requests. Drop sites are Hocker’s in Clarksville, Giant Foods in Millville, Long Neck and Rehoboth Beach, and Food Lions in Millville and Long Neck.
Stay Blessed – No Stress in the New Year!