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In 2011, Maggie and Rob Wasserman, proprietors of Rouge in Rittenhouse Square, created a culinary competition on the playground of The William M. Meredith Elementary School, their children’s school, to raise money to rebuild the computer lab. The success of the event encouraged them to create an annual Burger Brawl to raise money for other Philadelphia schools and programs that support our Philadelphia youth. To date, the event has raised approximately $450,000.

A Culinary Competition to Support the Fundamentals of Generations to Come

Philly Burger Brawl attracts 60+ of the areas leading restaurants and chefs to compete in battles for best of burger! 2022 will be a special year that will highlight the resilience and creativity our restauranters displayed as they navigated through the COVID-19 Pandemic. Hosted this year at Xfinity LIVE!, Philly Burger Brawl pulls an audience of 5,000+ participants including eating attendees, culinary bloggers, celebrity judges, and the region’s leading companies who serve as generous sponsors. Philly Burger Brawl provides intimate moments for attendees to engage online and in-person with restaurants, merchants at the event, and sponsors, to deliver an experience that is more meaningful to all.

Leave it to the culinary community to find a fun, albeit a wildly competitive way, to use food in raising money to support our City’s youth.