TAKE THE CHEESEBURGER CHALLENGE: VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE DURING PASADENA CHEESEBURGER WEEK JANUARY 13 to 18, 2013

Celebrate America’s favorite food in the city where it was invented

The public is invited to take the Cheeseburger Challenge and vote for their favorite cheeseburger at www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/cheeseburger-chalenge during Pasadena Cheeseburger Week. Voting opens on Sunday, January 13th and ends on Monday, January 21st. Cheeseburger Challenge categories include Favorite Burger Restaurant, Favorite Lunch Counter Burger, Favorite Sit-Down/White Table Cloth Burger, Favorite New Burger Restaurant, Favorite Beer and Burger, Favorite Sliders and many other categories.

Everyone is invited to celebrate the birth of the cheeseburger in the home of the Cheeseburger: Pasadena, California, from January 13 -18, 2013, during Pasadena Cheeseburger Week.

Sponsored by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, Cheeseburger Week commemorates teenaged Lionel Sternberger’s culinary experiment in the early 1920s at his father’s restaurant, The Rite Spot on West Colorado Boulevard.  Legend has it that young Lionel Sternberger burned a hamburger and, to cover his error, added a slice of cheese to the burger then served it to a delighted customer. Either that or a hobo, wanting a little extra protein, asked the kid behind the counter to add cheese to his $0.15 hamburger and the rest is culinary history.  The Rite Spot’s Aristocratic Burger was a favorite with customers for decades and was priced at that same $0.15 for twenty years.

CREPEstudio, Noir Food and Wine, Slater’s 50/50, Robin’s Wood Fire BBQ and Kings Row Gastropub join Pie ‘n Burger, a/k/a: an American Bistro, The Counter, Burger Continental, Clearman’s Galley, Toro Sushi, Magnolia Lounge, Vertical Wine Bistro, El Portal, Japon Bistro, Trattoria Neapolis and many others in offering a cheeseburger or cheeseburger alternative during the week of January 15 to January 20, 2012. Try them all and vote for your favorite in our Cheeseburger Challenge.

The Cheeseburger Challenge can be found by clicking here.

Special menus, deals and discoveries can be found online at http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com.

Here is a full list of participating restaurants (to date):

Pasadena Cheeseburger Week is sponsored by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce with support from the Merrill Lynch/Bank of America and is a California Restaurant Month event.

The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and Civic Association is a professional business organization. Since the earliest days of Pasadena, the Chamber has played a major role in the development of this internationally renowned city. Since 1888, when the organization was founded as the Board of Trade, the Chamber’s primary purpose has been the enhancement of both the business climate and the quality of life in Pasadena. The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce serves 1500 members.

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