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Burgers, Bourbon & Beer

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  Burgers have always been popular, but today we live in the midst of a burger bonanza. Between the "better burger" trend and the proliferation of burgers on the menus of otherwise upscale restaurants, they're turning up everywhere.

  On Sunday, Aug. 18, an event harnesses this craze for a good cause. Burgers, Bourbon & Beer is a fundraiser for Second Harvest Food Bank, a local hunger-relief organization, and it will feature burgers from 10 restaurants under one roof. Official judges will name a "best burger" and attendees can vote for a "people's choice" award.

  Second Harvest debuted this event last year, and it proved a big success. It will again be held in the Warehouse District at Generations Hall (310 Andrew Higgins Drive; www.generationshall.com), where each participating restaurant will serve slider-sized renditions of their best burgers (which is good for extensive sampling across the field). Bourbon cocktails and various beers from Glazer's and Crescent Crown Distributing will be paired with each burger and La Divina Gelateria provides dessert. The ticket price is all inclusive.

  The restaurant lineup runs the gamut and includes Truburger, Bourbon House, Company Burger, Martin Wine Cellar, Barcadia, Cowbell, Phil's Grill, Vitascope Hall, Manning's Eat-Drink-Cheer and Bayou Burger, a relative newcomer to Bourbon Street and devotee to the theory that whole grilled cheese sandwiches can be burger toppings.

  Burgers, Bourbon & Beer runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door (if any are left). Buy tickets at www.no-hunger.org.

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