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Your Favorite Burger Contest

Win a pair of tickets to the Greenwich 2012 Food+Wine Festival—presented by Serendipity Magazine, to be held Oct. 4 to 6—and a chance to sit on a celebrity chef panel judging the best burger at the event.

The football season has kicked off, Election Day is fast approaching and baseball's playoffs are just weeks away, so plenty of opinions are flying around our towns at water coolers, watering holes and dinner tables.

While not everyone has strong feelings about the Giants' offense, health care reform or the 25-man roster, nobody is shy about answering this question: Which restaurant makes the best burger?

Next month, presents the Greenwich 2012 Food+Wine Festival at , featuring the best food in Fairfield and Westchester Counties and with 100 percent of net proceeds going to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. Visit GreenwichFoodandWine.com to purchase tickets.

To get our Patch readers into the mood, we're holding a "Your Favorite Burger" contest whose prizes include two tickets to Saturday, Oct. 6, and a chance to sit on a celebrity chef panel for a widely anticipated "Burger Battle" at the festival, as well as a chance to be published in Serendipity Magazine.

Here's how the contest works:

  1. Tell us in a comment below what's your favorite burger and who makes it, and pay homage to your choice by finishing the last two lines to this poem: Malbec is red, Stilton is blue, ...
  2. Patch will take your poems through Monday, Sept. 17, and present a list of finalists in one screen grab on Tuesday, Sept. 18 (which is National Cheeseburger Day).
  3. Winners will be selected with the help of Patch users. You will vote on your favorite caption through the "comments" section on this story (Example: “I think No. 7 of 10 is the best”). We'll announce the winners on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

More details about the contest are attached.

We're giving away 10 pairs of tickets to Saturday, Oct. 6:

  1. Five for the best five poems, as per your votes (and we'll have one grand prize winner in there);
  2. Five more selected from a raffle into which everyone who uploads a poem to this contest is entered.

VIP tickets also come with preferred parking. Here’s some info about Serendipity magazine's terrific charity event, sponsored in part by Fairfield County's trusted guide to great food, CTbites (check out the festival website for more details):

  • Culinary Village At the heart of the Festival, the Culinary Village Tents will offer grand, savory tastings and intriguing demonstrations from more than 90 exclusive food, wine and spirit stations.
  • BBQ Pit Masters’ Tent This hot spot is perfect for grilling enthusiasts! Guests will meet grill masters and sample special bites fresh off the grills.
  • Live Demonstration Tent Watch, learn, and enjoy, as our outstanding line-up of celebrity guests and featured local chefs demonstrate their skills in this intimate setting.
  • Concert Stage Guests will enjoy incredible musical performances by Big Head Todd and the Monsters, The Felice Brothers, Will Hoge and more.
    Special performance by the GREGG ALLMAN BAND.
  • Serendipity VIP Tent VIP ticket holders will have access to this private lounge, including full bar, elite wines and gourmet treats. There are also private restrooms.
  • Grand Tasting Gala Tent Wander the elegant clear tent with view of the Long Island Sound as you watch some of the area's top chefs prepare decadent dinner tastings. Guest will also enjoy some of the world's finest wines and spirits.
  • Book Signings Books will be available for purchase. Celebrity Chefs will be available to greet, meet and sign their books.
Linda Lichtenstein September 14, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Shake Shack and Five Guys are terrific too!
Beer Lover September 14, 2012 at 03:12 PM
I would have to say the Train Wreck Burger from Westchester Burger Co Malbec is Red Stilton is Blue Beer should be hoppy and tasty all the way through!
Timmy September 14, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Definitely the Baja Burger from Smashburger Malbec is Red Stilton is Blue why all this fancy talk when you could be drinking a brew?
Mysaikone September 14, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Texas bacon blue cheese burger at Kelly's Sea Level!! Malbec is Red Stilton is Blue Bacon flavor crunch amplify's my burger too Bringing BBQ'S, FRIENDS and FAMILY together TRUE!!
Esther Kinderlerer September 14, 2012 at 10:08 PM
mis- named sorry! I love the new organic grass fed burgers at Elevation Burger at Ridge Hill: Malbec is red, stilton is blue They keep our earth safe and taste yummy too!
Michael Dinan (Editor) September 14, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Good JS!
Brenda Duell September 15, 2012 at 11:25 AM
I agree! Two big thumbs up for POW Burger in New Rochelle (next to Chickens Gone Wild). They opened fairly recently, I believe, and their burgers are amazing and made to your specifications. The staff are friendly, the place is clean and there is a nice seating area. To top that off they also make great real milkshakes, great hotdogs and sell glass bottles of coke (no high fructose corn syrup!). Malbec is red, stilton is blue, make mine a POW Burger, nothing else will do!
Nummy September 15, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Barge Burger at Dudly's parkview restaurant Malbec is red, Stilton is blue, The best burger is at Dudly's park view
PGA September 15, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Burgers shakes and fries in Greenwich. No contest!
newrochellesouth September 15, 2012 at 04:18 PM
AJ's Burger on North Avenue in New Rochelle!
Concerned Citizen September 15, 2012 at 06:20 PM
malbec is red...stilton is blue...blazer's makes the best burgers...but they they don't take credit cards...boo hoo.
Bob Rohr September 15, 2012 at 07:21 PM
I sometimes work in New Haven Ct. A place called Lou's Lunch claims to be the first place to serve the Hamburger. The hamburgers are prepared with cheese, tomato or onion as the only condiments or garnish; never any mustard, ketchup or mayonnaise. The hamburger sandwiches are served on two square pieces of toasted white bread. OK, I ate a piece of history. It was fine. Not the best, but way up on my list.
Teri Hilger September 17, 2012 at 10:55 AM
Gordy's Burger House in Bronxville. Juicy and Tender. They melt in your mouth. Malbec is red, Stilton is blue A nice Juicy Burger Then off to the gym for you.
Beth K September 17, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Squires in Briarcliff Any of their burgers are fabulous Buffalo burger with sweet potato fries my new favorite Malbec is red Stilton is blue A delicious burger is good for you
Postermom September 18, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Craftsman Ale House in Harrison - blue burger, Ruben burger - other choices and build your own-onion rings, Mac-n-cheese - yum, yum, yum. . It is a new addition to the Westchester burger crowd Malbec is red, Stilton is blue, The Craftsman pours a lot of beer, But their burgers make you go 'woo'
William Demarest (Editor) September 18, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Hey everyone, it's now time to vote on your favorite best burger poem! Check out the new image on the article with the finalists' poems and leave a comment here with the number of the one you think is the best. Good luck! Bill Demarest Patch Regional Editor
pony trekker September 18, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Vote 4 number 2. Clever.
Wendy Wallach September 18, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I like #2 the best!
Alex r September 18, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Number 2
Nancy Ceccarelli September 18, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Harry"s Bar Burger at Centros in Glenville is my favorite!
Lois Karmel September 18, 2012 at 05:58 PM
I like #2 the best, too!
Keita Edwards-Adams September 18, 2012 at 06:44 PM
number 2
John B September 18, 2012 at 07:19 PM
The Blazer, Purdys, NY
Rita Steinhoff September 18, 2012 at 09:58 PM
i vote for #2, the best!
Nummy September 18, 2012 at 10:44 PM
I vote #9 by Brian D Malbec is red, Stilton is blue, Nothing beats a good burger, And an icy cold brew!
Nancy Pipp September 18, 2012 at 11:48 PM
#2 is the way to go for me! YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Michelle K-S September 19, 2012 at 03:31 AM
I think No. 2 of 10 is the best!
boddaxp September 19, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Vote #2
Jennifer Barnett September 19, 2012 at 07:33 PM
2. “… A nice Juicy Burger Then off to the gym for you.” — Gordy’s Burger House in Bronxville NY
Michael Dinan (Editor) September 19, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Winners for our "Your Favorite Burger POEM" contest and raffle are posted in the article above — congratulations and have a blast at the 2012 Greenwich Food+Wine Festival! (http://serendipitygreenwich.com/foodandwinefestival/) ... Thank you again to everyone for participating.

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