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Dining News: And the Winners of the Sac Burger Battle Are...

The Sac Burger Battle, a fundraiser for the Chron's & Colitis Foundation of America, was held last night at Caesar Chavez Park.

In previous years, the event was held at Raley Field and organized by Rodney Blackwell, probably best know for his Burger Junkies site.

As in previous years, the awards were broken down in two categories - People's Choice and Chef's Choice

People's Choice Awards:

  1. de Vere's Irish Pub (Sacramento & Davis)
  2. Broderick Roadhouse (West Sac)
  3. The Chef's Table (Rocklin)

Chef's Choice Awards:

  1. Dawson's at The Hyatt (Sacramento)
  2. Krush Burger (Sacramento, Davis, Roseville, Dubai)
  3. The Chef's Table (Rocklin)

Dawson's at The Hyatt was represented by Chef Jason Poole (who is also one of the leaders of the upcoming Tower Bridge Dinner) and chef de cuisine Michael Grande. Because I was scheduled to be out of town for work, I didn't get to attend the Burger Battle on Thursday night. However, I was able to sample Chef Grande's food when The Hyatt invited me to one of their recent Craft Beer dinners.

Chef Grande is a real up and comer in the Sacramento food scene. His food at the beer pairing dinner was inventive, precise and delicious. I suspect that winning the Sac Burger Battle championship belt is the first of many accolades for Chef Grande.

If you want a more complete play by play of Thursday night's Sac Burger Battle, check out their Twitter feed or their Web site,

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