Friday, August 16, 2013

The West Point Market 2013 Amateur Hamburger Grilling Invitational

The West Point Market 2013 Amateur Hamburger Grilling Invitational
by Brit Charek

This Saturday is West Point Market's First Amateur Hamburger Grilling Invitational. Don't be thrown off by the word "amateur"-- the competition is fierce and the food will be delicious.

Three competitors will be grilling on a charcoal grill in the parking lot. Then the burgers will be moved inside, assembled, cut in fourths and served to shoppers who will vote for their favorite to decide the winner. Burgers will be served at 1pm to shoppers free of charge until supplies are exhausted!

This is the first burger competition West Point Market has hosted, but a few of the same competitors competed in the Final Cut Steak-Off at the Taste of Akron, which was also hosted by West Point.

Among the competitors is Allan Charek (my dad!) who placed 1st place in the last Steak-Off in 2011. He has also placed 3rd and 2nd place in years past, respectively and won 1st place in the store's annual Chowder Contest twice.

Allan and his friend/assistant Glen practicing their burger recipe for the contest

Allan will be serving up an Asian style burger with caramelized onion and shiitake mushroom sauce and the other competitors will certainly provide something equally delicious. Come out to West Point Market tomorrow, Saturday August 17th at 1pm to try them all and cast your vote!

West Point Market is located at 1711 West Market Street in West Akron.

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