In case you haven't heard, our esteemed governor, John Hickenlooper, proclaimed August 10, 2011, "Denver Burger Battle Day" in the state of Colorado.
No, seriously. It's true, and for Jeremy and Kelly Kossler, the brains behind the Denver Burger Battle, a beefy combat among twelve Denver restaurants, all of which will vie for top burger honors in a spirited showdown on August 10 at Union station, getting a (gasp!) proclamation handed down from Hick is no small potatoes. "It's pretty damn cool, but the fact of the matter is that we take this event pretty seriously and didn't want to leave any stone unturned, so over the past year, we tried over sixty different burgers throughout the state in search of the final twelve that we invited to compete" says Jeremy.
And now you, too, can snag an invitation to the Denver Burger Battle, which will pimp burgers from TAG, Elway's Cherry Creek, Park Burger, HBurger CO, Root Down, Highland Tap & Burger, LoHi Steakbar, Argyll, Crave Real Burgers, Cherry Cricket, The Berkshire and Euclid Hall. "Among the ingredients being used in the burgers are foie gras, duck, duck eggs, kangaroo, lamb, Kobe beef, fried egg and truffles," reveals Jeremy.
In addition, several local breweries, winemakers and dessert purveyors will be on hand, too. "Keeping things local was very important to us, and we've partnered with the best of Colorado microbrews, wineries and dessert-makers around," notes Kelly, adding that Avery, Odell and Great Divide will pour suds, while the Infinite Monkey Theorem uncorks wine and Little Man Ice Cream and Happy Cakes provides desserts.
As of this morning, there were only 35 general admission tickets still available (they're $65 a pop) and eighty VIP tickets, which are $85 each and include early admission and fancy cocktails from Josh Smith, the mixologist at TAG RAW BAR.
While you can still purchase tickets at DenverBurgerBattle.com, we're giving away one pair of VIP tickets, which means you've got four hours, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., to eat and drink for free.
How can you win? As you all know, the Cherry Cricket -- a Denver Burger Battle contender -- flips god knows how many burgers a day. What we want to know from you is exactly how many Cricket burgers -- and only Cricket burgers -- the Cherry Cricket serves in one week. Here's a hint: It's more than one and less than 20,000. The person who comes the closest to the actual number, without going over, will win the two VIP tickets.
We'll announce the winner on Monday, August 8. The tickets will be held at the Westword office, so if you wager a guess, please make sure you're available to pick them up before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10.
As always, please leave your first name and a valid e-mail address along with your submissions in the comments section below.