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Annapolis Valley Burger Wars heat up

Chef John Bartlett, owner of the Capitol Pub in Middleton, and Chef Michelle Friel with the pub’s official entry in the Burger Wars that is in support of Campaign for Kids, a group helping underpriviledged children and youth in Kings County. The Capitol entry, called the Aviator, is a turkey burger with a subtle curry flavor and a cranberry sauce on a bagel bun.
Chef John Bartlett, owner of the Capitol Pub in Middleton, and Chef Michelle Friel with the pub’s official entry in the Burger Wars that is in support of Campaign for Kids, a group helping underpriviledged children and youth in Kings County. The Capitol entry, called the Aviator, is a turkey burger with a subtle curry flavor and a cranberry sauce on a bagel bun.

What’s all the fuss about burgers?

Burger Wars, in support of Campaign for Kids, is already more successful than was imagined, says event co-organizer, Laura Churchill Duke.

As a former Campaign for Kids board member, Joey Murphy owner of Kings Arms and Jungle Jims, was the first restaurant to sign up to participate in Burger Wars.

Murphy is thrilled with the results thus far. On the first day, Murphy said he sold 30 burgers with another 150 in less than a week.

Ground beef purchases have risen sharply, says Murphy. This in turn is great for our local farmers and producers where the ingredients are purchased.

“Customers are coming to the pub asking specifically for our King Burger entry,” says Murphy. “People are really getting behind this, as it is a new idea, and they get to fill their bellies in the process.”

Murphy says it is great being a part of a fundraising idea that is truly unique to this area.

He is not the only restaurant to be consistently busy. According to Port Pub staff, they had to reorder supplies after the first weeken!d

Susan Carroll, chef at Paddy’s Pub in Wolfville, says she and her husband Mike, who is the chef at Paddy’s Pub in Kentville, are having an internal competition to see which Paddy’s location can sell the most burgers, the winner receiving bragging rights. At last count, the Wolfville location was ahead.

“Wolfville is winning the battle,” says Mike, “but I plan on winning the war!”
People are talking a lot about Burger Wars, says Mike, and having a lot of fun with it. “It's a great cause and we are happy to be part of it,” he says.

Burger Wars, in support of Campaign for Kids, is already more successful than was imagined, says event co-organizer, Laura Churchill Duke.

As a former Campaign for Kids board member, Joey Murphy owner of Kings Arms and Jungle Jims, was the first restaurant to sign up to participate in Burger Wars.

Murphy is thrilled with the results thus far. On the first day, Murphy said he sold 30 burgers with another 150 in less than a week.

Ground beef purchases have risen sharply, says Murphy. This in turn is great for our local farmers and producers where the ingredients are purchased.

“Customers are coming to the pub asking specifically for our King Burger entry,” says Murphy. “People are really getting behind this, as it is a new idea, and they get to fill their bellies in the process.”

Murphy says it is great being a part of a fundraising idea that is truly unique to this area.

He is not the only restaurant to be consistently busy. According to Port Pub staff, they had to reorder supplies after the first weeken!d

Susan Carroll, chef at Paddy’s Pub in Wolfville, says she and her husband Mike, who is the chef at Paddy’s Pub in Kentville, are having an internal competition to see which Paddy’s location can sell the most burgers, the winner receiving bragging rights. At last count, the Wolfville location was ahead.

“Wolfville is winning the battle,” says Mike, “but I plan on winning the war!”
People are talking a lot about Burger Wars, says Mike, and having a lot of fun with it. “It's a great cause and we are happy to be part of it,” he says.

Annapolis County

At the Capitol Pub in Middleton, owner John Bartlett says that even though his business is in Annapolis County, he wanted in on a great cause.

“What we enjoyed the most about this was how we came up with our burger,” Bartlett says. “I decided as the owner that it would be good for me and my two chefs to have our own competition. It was great fun with some great banter back and forth, it was also very good for team building.”

On competition day each made four of their burger creations and had 11 customers, friends, and even a supplier be the judges.

“In the end we came up with the Aviator, a creation from one of my chefs,” Bartlett says. “The side was a creation of the other. We had a lot of fun with this and managed to get people talking. We look forward to doing this again.”

The Aviator is a turkey burger with a subtle curry flavor and a cranberry sauce on a bagel bun.

Burger Expert

Jill Forse has become a burger expert. Her goal is to try each of the 23 burgers this April.

"Who couldn't get behind supporting a cause that supports local children in need?” says Forse.

Forse is astounded that one in four children in Kings County lives in poverty. Campaign for Kids helps kids in our neighbourhood; in our backyards, she says.

“If I can bring awareness to this wonderful charity by posting pictures on social media of me enjoying a scrumptious burger 23 times, then heck bring it on," says Forse.

Burger Wars has turned into a fun community event where people are out to support local restaurant owners which in turns helps support local kids in financial need.

 

Come Together

“It is great to see everyone come together and help the community,” says Tammy Matthews of Bryanna’s Café and Preserves in New Minas who is serving a chicken cordon bleu burger. “It’s such a great organization to support.”

There is still time to participate in Burger Wars. A full list of participating restaurants is at campaignforkids.com/burgerwars. For every designated burger sold, $1.00 will go to Campaign for Kids.

Not all the burgers are beef. There are vegetarian and vegan options, as well as turkey, bison, lamb, and fish burgers to try.

Campaign for Kids is a non-profit organization that raises funds for kids in financial need in Kings County. Funds are distributed through the schools, used for bursaries and given to families with emergency needs. Learn more at campaignforkids.com.

The Aviator up close. A contender in the Burger Wars.

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