Recently Kevin's dad moved north near Alpena to connect with nature. It became clear that he will serve as Michigan Burger Boy's Northeast Michigan Burger Scout after he recently had a variety of different burgers from the region. One burger in particular has proven to be note worthy. Kelly's Venture Inn of Rogers City offers up two delicious burgers weighing in at 1/3lb and 1/2lb. According to Kevin's dad, the onion rings are beer battered and excellent. He also mentioned that they have a terrific all you can eat buffet at a very good price. Add this to your hamburger bucket list for when you travel the Lake Huron shoreline. Kelly's Venture Inn is located at 3090 US23 south in Rogers City. They are open at 4pm daily except Mondays when they are closed.
A father and son team from Saline have won our BRU Fest Contest. They'll receive two free tickets to the November 9th BRU Fest in Grand Rapids.
Matt and Blair Higgins traveled to the Jolly Pumpkin in downtown Ann Arbor and left no part of their stomachs empty. Matt ordered the "Woodson Burger", topped with fried egg (see photo). He noted that $2 from every "Woodson Burger" ordered goes to assist Charles Woodson's Mott Hospital endeavors. Blair ordered traditional cheeseburger on a toasted bun. Both ordered fries on the side, and they are said to be delicious.
One great takeaway from the Jolly Pumpkin are the buns that they use. Matt reported that they are brioche and are really fluffy and light. They totally collapse when bit into, and overall, the bun does not overpower the burger.
Congratulations to Matt and Blair for conquering the Ann Arbor burger scene, and for winning two free tickets to BRU Fest in Grand Rapids on November 9th! See below for a burger slideshow featuring their burgers. After viewing these photos, MBB must say, we've got to hit the Jolly Pumpkin!
Send it to MBB.
If you take a photo of a burger you're having at a restaurant/bar or at home, send it to MBB for a chance to win two free tickets to BRU Fest in Grand Rapids on Saturday, November 9th. BRU Fest is an event that features craft beer, burgers, wings, and live entertainment. Proceeds from the event go to benefit the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan.
Here's what you need to do:
Take a photo of the burger you're eating.
Include the location.
Tweet it, Facebook it, or email it to MBB.
The middle entry will receive two free tickets to BRU Fest!
We will announce the winner on Tuesday, October 22nd.
Good luck, and we're waiting to see your burgers!
Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan Hosts First Annual BRU Fest Fundraiser in Grand Rapids
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The first annual BRU Fest Grand Rapids fundraiser will be coming to Grand Rapids on Saturday, November 9 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.at the Delta Plex. All proceeds benefit Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan, an independent nonprofit foundation whose mission is to provide and promote compassionate, personalized support to people in Michigan affected by leukemia and other related disorders.
Following the tremendous success of three prior BRU Fest events in Royal Oak, Mich., CLF is launching the event to Grand Rapids-area beer lovers, having opened a Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan regional office in downtown Grand Rapids this May.
BRU Fest fundraisers bring together aficionados of great craft beer and delicious food, with microbrews provided by Bell’s Brewery and food provided by Buffalo Wild Wings and Bagger Dave’s Legendary Burger Tavern. The event has sold out in previous years, with beer lovers enjoying the casual, fun environment to raise money to support a worthy cause.
General admission tickets are $39, and Designated Driver tickets are $19. General admission tickets include access to Bell’s Brewery premium craft beers, including everyday favorites, rare out-of-season brews, and exclusive specialty brews not offered to the public. Designated Driver tickets include unlimited non-alcoholic beverages including soda, water and coffee. With each ticket purchase, attendees will receive four tickets for burgers and wings, a souvenir BRU Fest2013 mug, and tons of free giveaways, along with live entertainment and games.
“The response to our Southeast Michigan BRU Fest events has been nothing short of spectacular,” said Bill Seklar, president and CEO of Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan. “We created this first-of-its-kind food and craft beer event three years ago to tap into a younger, broader audience through an affordable fundraising experience that leaves the black ties at home.”
“Now that we have a physical presence in West Michigan, we are confident that Grand Rapids, ‘Beer City USA,’ is a perfect home for a fun, beer-inspired event that raises awareness and funds for our patients and families affected by leukemia, lymphoma and other blood-related diseases.”
For more information or to register for the event, visit https://brumichigan.com/.
About BRU Fest:
Event sponsors include:
· Culinary partners: Bagger Dave’s Legendary Burger Tavern,Buffalo Wild Wings
· Exclusive Microbrew Brand: Bells Brewery, Inc. Bells will provide more than 17 of its craft beers, many of which are rarely available to the public!
· Exclusive Microbrewery Distributor: Alliance Beverage Distributing
About Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan
Headquartered in Troy, Mich., Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan is a statewide nonprofit organization helping families cope with leukemia, lymphoma and related disorders by providing information, financial assistance and emotional support. In addition, CLF has provided more than $6.5 million in research dollars to Michigan’s comprehensive cancer institutes. For more information about Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan, please call
248.530.3000 or visit http://leukemiamichigan.org.
We received a great email today from Brandi McDonald who is busy opening up the first BurgerFi in Michigan. Below is the press release that Brandi passed along:
BURGERFI® OPENS FIRST LOCATION IN MICHIGAN
National Franchise Celebrates 30th Restaurant Opening – 15 New Restaurants Planned to Open By End of Year
Palm Beach, Fla. (October 1, 2013) – On October 1, the Burgerfication of the Nation® continues with the opening of another BurgerFi®, one of the fastest growing all-natural burger concepts in the country, celebrating its newest fast casual restaurant in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The restaurant located at 1235 S. University Avenue is right in the heart of the University of Michigan area and the first BurgerFi to open in the state. There are currently more restaurants in development for Michigan in the near future.
BurgerFi restaurants feature a wide variety of popular all-natural USA-sourced Angus beef burgers made from grass fed cattle and served with a variety of topping options. The natural Angus is free of antibiotics, hormones and additives providing a healthier and more flavorful beef for consumers.
The diverse menu options continue with fresh hand cut French fries, onion rings, Kobe beef hot dogs, a made in-house Quinoa veggie burger, freshly prepared custards, concretes, natural cane sugar colas, craft beer selections, wine and so much more.
The more than 4,000 square-foot Ann Arbor location will seat approximately 100 and will feature a full liquor bar with alcohol varieties of its popular dessert concretes.
“We are excited that our first location in Michigan is in this wonderful college town and look forward to introducing our unique all-natural burger concept to the campus community,” said the Company’s Director of Operations and Development Josh Lorence. “We want this location to become a popular game day destination for locals and visitors to experience.”
More than just great food, dining at BurgerFi is a unique experience and one that guests can feel good about. Each BurgerFi restaurant is built according to environmentally sustainable best practices and includes earth-friendly elements. Chairs are made from recycled Coke bottles, tables are made out of compressed recycled wood and large fans use 66 percent less electricity. Protecting and preserving the environment is one of the core values of BurgerFi and the Company prides itself on maintaining a low carbon footprint. The chain has strict recycling programs in place for all its oil, cardboard, bottles and cans at each restaurant location.
The Ann Arbor BurgerFi operation hours will be 11 a.m. – 3 a.m. daily. For more information about BurgerFi, including menu, locations and franchising opportunities available, please visit www.burgerfi.com.
Headquartered in Palm Beach, Florida, BurgerFi, one of the nation’s fastest growing all-natural burger concepts and the heart of the better burger movement, offers franchise opportunities to qualified franchisees in key markets throughout the U.S. and Internationally. Founded in 2009, there are now 30 corporate and franchise locations. Each restaurant typically adds 40-50 jobs into the local community. The chain has aggressive plans for expansion with the goal of 100 locations by the end of 2014.
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