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Burger cook-off scheduled to benefit The Children’s Security Blanket
All community members are invited to eat or compete at Downtown Spartanburg's Fourth Annual Cribbs Kitchen Burger Cook-Off Saturday, April 1, beginning at noon in front of sponsors RJ Rockers and Cribbs Kitchen on East Main Street. All proceeds will benefit The Children’s Security Blanket and help to provide support for local children who are battling cancer, and their families.
The Burger Cook-Off offers a friendly cooking competition with the opportunity for teams of family members, friends or colleagues to display their skills on the grill as they create their own custom burger while raising money The Children’s Security Blanket, according to a news release. Winners will receive a trophy designed by local artists Kevin Riley and Jeremy Kemp and will have their burger featured at Cribbs Kitchen. The family-friendly event will give participants the chance to sample slider-sized portions of the team burger.
"We encourage everyone to gather a team and register to compete in this awesome event, organized by Taylor Correll-Greer," said Raj Patel, owner of Cribbs Kitchen, in the release. "The Children's Security Blanket positively impacts the lives of so many of our Spartanburg families. The Cribbs Kitchen Burger Cook-Off offers a way that everyone can support their efforts while enjoying some spirited competition, great food and lots of fun."
Sponsorships are still being accepted. Interested companies should contact Laura Allen, executive director of The Children's Security Blanket, at email@example.com or 615-417-2151 for more information.
Cook-Off festivities will continue until 5 p.m. when winners will be announced. An after party will be held on site through 8 p.m.
Fatz Café reconnecting with roots
Greenville-based Fatz Café is having a brand renaissance and reconnecting with its Southern roots by adding more local, fresh products and ingredients, according to a news release.
Additions include pimento cheese made in the Upstate, Carolina-caught oysters and shrimp, South Carolina's Adluh grits, North Carolina sweet potatoes and Palmetto State peaches. Fatz Café brines its own pickles in-house, and soaks its signature Calabash chicken (and their new Calabash fish and shrimp) in real buttermillk, adding the famous Fatz spices by hand, according to the release.
Fatz Café has 45 restaurants across the Southeast, 21 in South Carolina.