Everyone knows that Memphis is famous for its mouth-watering BBQ, but since we moved to the Bluff City back in February, I’ve been on a mission to find as many local flavors as possible.
I was able to put together my Food Bucket List thanks to Kerry’s I Love Memphis blog and Seth’s reviews over at Best Memphis Burger. Tammy and I have been slowly working our way through the list (an update is coming soon) with me writing about some of our experiences.
Tammy can attest to how excited I get when we go to try new places on The List, but it was nothing compared to how excited I was when I got a tweet from Best Memphis Burger back in June.
Me: (shaking my hands back and forth) Guess what? Guess what? Guess what?
Tammy: uhhhh, what?
Me: I was just asked to be a judge?
Tammy: A judge for what?
Me: For [Best Memphis] Burgerfest? Can you believe it? I’m so excited.
Tammy: I can see that.
Me: What should I say? What should I tell him?
Tammy: That you want to do it.
I was literally pacing around the living room like I had just been asked out by the cutest girl in my class. I was so excited about even being asked but I was so nervous about how I should answer that I couldn’t respond for 15 minutes.
Thanks to Seth’s invite, I now had a “reason” to eat around the city and I’ve definitely had my fair share of Bluff City burgers.
This is only the second year of the Best Memphis Burgerfest so being selected as a judge is really something special, especially considering I had only been in the area for four months when I was selected.
Seth asked me to be a judge in the Anything But Beef category, which is, you guessed it, anything BUT beef. Official category description: The “Anything But” burger competition is for burgers that are NOT MADE FROM COW BEEF. Foul, fish, pork and game are examples of acceptable entries.
I have to admit that at first I was a little disappointed to not be judging the big boys, especially since I’ve been training on the beefy goodness from places like Dyers, Ubees, RP Tracks, the Kooky Canuck, East End Grill, Sidestreet Burgers and most recently the Green Beetle.
But the disappointment was short-lived as I remembered how honored I was just to be selected to judge in the first place. This past weekend I met one of the judges in the Vegetarian category, a reporter for the local Fox affiliate, and it only made me even more proud to be on the list.
Best Memphis Buger Fest is THIS Sunday, Sept. 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Minglewood Hall.
Tickets are $5 and the proceeds go to the Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services. Last year BMBF raised nearly $5,500 for them and we’re hoping this year will bring in even more.
The weather is sposed to be perfect, so come out for some good food and good times for a good cause.
Hope to see you there!!
Best Memphis Burger Fest
Sunday, Sept. 22 – 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
1555 Madison Avenue