Who's Beefing?

There's nothing like a good beef to heat things up a bit -- not that we need any help in the rising-temperature department right now. No matter the situation, everyone likes a bit of friendly competition; it'll keep you on your toes, you never know what's going to happen, and it can be entertaining as hell. What more could one possibly ask for? (Aside from a raunchy evening with Jon Hamm, of course.) On Friday, get ready for the ultimate meat fest: The fifth-annual Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale Burger Battle is coming back around, and it's bringing plenty of beer and mano a mano action. Taking place from 7 to 10 p.m. at Huizenga Plaza, the battle pits 16 of Fort Lauderdale's best chefs and restaurants against one another as they compete for the title of Best Burger. With homemade sauces and accoutrements, original recipes, and fine ingredients, the competitors will be attempting to show off their creations to more than 1,200 guests and a panel of judges. Awards for Fan Favorite, Best Burger Joint, Best Bar & Grill, and Best Knife & Fork Burger will be handed out as well. For $40 per person, attendees get to stuff their faces with burgers and fries, drink, and vote for their faves. VIP tickets cost $125, which includes special snacks and craft brews from Publix Aprons Cooking School, Funky Buddha Brewery, and Pop Lab. Sosos, a local acoustic rock jam band, will perform throughout the event. Huizenga Plaza is located at 1 E. Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-468-1541, or visit goriverwalk.com.
Fri., May 23, 7-10 p.m., 2014
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