Celebrity Judges Name Dan Rooney’s Cafe & Bar Champion of Food Festival Burger Battle

Top culinary talent faced off in a battle of the burgers at the annual 2012 Greenwich Food & Wine Festival hosted by Serendipity Magazine. The first-ever Burger Battle event promises to be the start of a long tradition for the three-day gourmet festival featuring talent from Fairfield and Westchester Counties. Celebrity chefs of national fame sat in judgment of some of the area’s most popular establishments, including The Cos Cobbler, Darien Social, The Ginger Man, My Favorite Place and the ever-popular Shake Shack. But it was a restaurant that has yet to even open its doors to the public that blew the celebrity judges away. The judges unanimously declared Dan Rooney’s Cafe and Bar the champion of the first annual Greenwich Food & Wine Festival Burger Battle. Dan Rooney’s Cafe & Bar, one of two new restaurants coming to Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, devoured the competition. Executive chef, Christopher Lee and chef de cuisine, Julia Doyne pushed the proverbial culinary envelope, serving up an aged beef burger with brie, tangy onions, watercress, tomato, and honey black pepper aioli on a brioche bun. The flavorful combination kicked off an inquisition by the judges into the specific ingredients and meat grind, with several professing that their well-developed palates surely tasted the decadence of foie gras in the burger.

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