By: Terry Foster
Let me make a confession. I love hamburgers. I could eat one every day.
So the people who are running Sunday’s Motown Burger Battle didn’t have to ask twice when they wanted me to be one of the judges at the Carriage House Pavilion at Pine Knob in Clarkston. I get to taste creations by some of the best chefs in metro Detroit — and they promise to “put their own spin” on the American classic.
The best thing is it is for charity and I would love for you to come by to taste great burgers and golf, if you are interested.
Golf begins at 8 a.m., with other festivities running from noon until 3 pm. The cost for golf and the Burger Battle is $80. If you just want to participate in burger battle it is $30 and $15 for children 12 and under. All proceeds benefit Justin’s Vision, a charity that gives dream vacations for children with life threatening illnesses along with their families.
So I get to eat burgers for a good cause. I am always on the lookout for a great burger. Some of my favorites around town are Hunter House, Miller’s in Dearborn, Cutter’s Bar and Grill in Eastern Market, Union Wood Shop in Clarkston, Oak Cafe in Wyandotte and Five Guys. If you have more suggestions I am all eyes and ears.
Here are the competitors:
Chef James Rigato of the Root Restaurant in White Lake, Chef Bob Roberts and Sous Chef Jason of McShane’s in Detroit, Chef Dean Bach and Dino’s Kitchen Magician at Dino’s Lounge (Ferndale), Chef Steve Mallie at Mallie’s Sports Bar and Grill (Southgate) and the Union Wood Shop in Clarkston.
Boxing promoter and first Lady of Boxing Jackie Kallen will emcee the event. The judges include Chris Franz of the Rattlesnake Club, Marc Djozlija formerly of Wolfgang Puck, Dave Benjamin of The Hungry Dude and Jess Bartol of Sweet Layla June Catering.