3rd Annual NY Burger Week – The NY Burger Feast at Hudson Common

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To celebrate National Hamburger Month, Burger ConquestBurger Maker & The Food Film Festival proudly bring you the 3rd Annual NY Burger Week, May 1-7, 2014.

The Burger Week is a 7-day celebration of trendsetting chefs and unique burgers with a series of daily events.

Hashtag = #BurgerWeek
Tweet: @BurgerConquest

THE NY BURGER FEAST
At Hudson Common

- $65 for tickets to a Burger Party Where You’ll Sample the Best Burgers Around -

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May 2, 2014
Hudson Common
356 West 58th Street, NYC
6:30 – 9:30 pm

Join Burger Maker and the Hudson Hotel as they present THE NY BURGER FEAST.

TWO TICKET OPTIONS

General admission
Price = $65

  • Admission to event from 6:30 – 9:30 pm
  • Sample from 8 Burger restaurants
  • 3 All-NY Craft Beer Tasting Pours

VIP
Price = $75

  • 1 hour early access 5:30 – 6:30 pm (limited tickets)
  • Admission to event 5:30 – 9:30 pm
  • Sample from 8 Burger restaurants
  • 5 All-NY Craft Beer Tasting Pours

What would The NY Burger Week be without a big burger party? Right? We hear you and we agree and that’s why we created THE NY BURGER FEAST. Join us on Friday, May 2nd for an exclusive Burger party at Hudson Common in the Hudson hotel for a burger and beer feast of epic proportions. We’ve invited 8 of the best Burger spots around to come and serve you some of the tastiest burgers in the biz. Each restaurant will be showing you their best by offering a signature Burger from their menu using a selection of Burger Maker’s high-quality, fresh ground beef. You’ll go from table to table as you walk around enjoying delicious burgers. Wash it all down with a selection of local craft beers on tap at Hudson Common.

FEATURED RESTAURANTS & BURGER MENU

FEATURED BREWERIES
TBA

*This is a 21 and over event



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3rd Annual NY Burger Week – 10th anniversary Screening of Hamburger America Hosted by George Motz

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To celebrate National Hamburger Month, Burger ConquestBurger Maker & The Food Film Festival proudly bring you the 3rd Annual NY Burger Week, May 1-7, 2014.

The Burger Week is a 7-day celebration of trendsetting chefs and unique burgers with a series of daily events.

Hashtag = #BurgerWeek
Tweet: @BurgerConquest

10TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING OF HAMBURGER AMERICA
HOSTED BY GEORGE MOTZ
at Tribeca Cinemas

- $45 to Watch the Film While You Taste the Burgers You See on the Screen -

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May 7, 2014
Tribeca Cinemas
54 Varick St, NYC
6:30 pm

Price: $45
Ticket link: http://theburgerweek.com/tickets/

Includes:

  • Pre-party
  • Screening of Hamburger America, hosted by George Motz
  • Taste 3 Burgers featured in the film
  • Q&A with with George
  • After party

10 years ago, George Motz released the film Hamburger America, which spotlights 8 different American Burger joints with a focus on the story behind their burgers. That film went on to become the Hamburger America book, that in it‘s 2nd printing offers a “state by state guide to 150 great burger joints.” No American Burger fan should be without the book, seriously.

The film had it’s debut screening 10 years ago at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Then it shown again 2 years later at the Water Taxi Beach in Long Island City while Burgers featured in the film were fed to audience members during the viewing. That unique magic moment of tasting what was on the screen birthed The Food Film Festival in NYC which now also happens in Chicago and Charleston, SC. The book also eventually lead to George’s position as the producer and host of Travel Channel’s Burger Land.

On May 7, 2014 at Tribeca Cinemas (54 Varick St), with the help of The Food Film Festival, we will recreate that evening with a screening of the film while serving the exact same menu. The event will be hosted by George including a post film Q&A. The event will also feature the Manhattan debut of Andrew Zurica’s new Burger truck, “Hard Times Sundaes.” Andrew owned and operated the Luncheonette in Mill Basin, Brooklyn where he created a highly acclaimed Burger. Unfortunately the restaurant closed due to insurmountable damages from Hurricane Sandy. Andrew returns with a brand new Burger truck where soon you’ll be able to get his delicious Burgers again. Joining him as co-captain in the kitchen is Burger Week veteran Chef Jeffrey Maslanka from 67 Burger & The Black Shack.

Together the 2 of them will work hand in hand to recreate the Butter Burger from Solly’s Grille, the Green Chile Cheeseburger from the Bobcat Bite and Guberburger from the Wheel Inn. George as well as the Chefs and members of the Food Film Fest will be on hand to hang out and chat Burgers during the after party.

This is one Burger event you do not want to miss!!

BURGER MENU:

  • The Butter Burger from Solly’s Grille in Milwaukee, WI
  • The Green Chile Cheeseburger from The Bobcat Bite in Santa Fe, NM
  • The Guberburger from The Wheel Inn in Sedalia, MO

Ticket link: http://theburgerweek.com/tickets/

**Must be seated 15 minutes before screening

** For more info & tickets to other NY Burger Week Events please visit the NY Burger Week website.



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3rd Annual NY Burger Week – Idle Hands Bar – AC/DC “Back In Black” Angus Burger and Beer Pairing Dinner

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To celebrate National Hamburger Month, Burger ConquestBurger Maker & The Food Film Festival proudly bring you the 3rd Annual NY Burger Week, May 1-7, 2014.

The Burger Week is a 7-day celebration of trendsetting chefs and unique burgers with a series of daily events.

Hashtag = #BurgerWeek
Tweet: @BurgerConquest

AC/DC BACK IN BLACK ANGUS BURGER & BEER PAIRING DINNER
At Idle Hands Bar

- $30 for 3 Mini Burgers, Tots & 5 Beers Paired with Back In Black -

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Idle Hands Bar
25 Avenue B, NYC
7:00 and 8:30 pm seatings

Price: $30
Ticket link: http://theburgerweek.com/tickets/

Includes:

  • 3 off-menu AC/DC themed mini burgers
  • 1 order of tater tots
  • 5 tastes of beer from breweries
  • 1 shot of whiskey
  • Paired to all 10 tracks from Back In Black by AC/DC

The 2014 Burger Week in NY returns to Idle Hands Bar (25 Avenue B) on May 6th with another installment of their rock ‘n’ roll burger and beer pairing dinners. The event is called the “AC/DC Back In Black Angus Burger and Beer Pairing.” The menu will feature Burgers and beers “expertly paired” with each track on AC/DC’s Back in Black album by The Burger Week founder, Rev Ciancio. The album, originally released in 1980, has gone on to become the 4th highest selling album of all time.

On the anniversary of its recording in New York at Electric Lady Studios, attendees will enjoy a selection of off-menu mini-burgers created by Chef Dennis Hatzinger, each themed with a different song on the album. All Burgers will be made using Burger Maker’s Fresh Certified Angus Beef USDA Prime. FYI – Less than 1% of beef is considered CAB® USDA Prime worthy, so get ready for the good stuff. Burgers will be served with a series of craft beers from Bell’s Brewery, Two Brothers, 21st Amendment and Singlecut Beersmiths. The dinner will also include an order of tater tots & a shot of whiskey.

BURGER MENU:

  • Honey Glazed Burger, Crispy Prosciutto & Aged White Cheddar
  • Blackened Burger, Fried Shallots, Bacon & Provolone
  • Goat cheese & Raspberry Compote

FEATURED BEERS:

  • Bell’s – Black Note
  • Bell’s – Two Hearted
  • 21st Amendment – Back in Black
  • Two Brothers – Dog Days
  • Singlecut – Bon TNTPA

Pairings TBA

Ticket link: http://theburgerweek.com/tickets/

**Must be seated 15 minutes before event

** For more info & tickets to other NY Burger Week Events please visit the NY Burger Week website.



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3rd Annual NY Burger Week – The Bar Room – Cinco De Mayo Burger Feast

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To celebrate National Hamburger Month, Burger ConquestBurger Maker & The Food Film Festival proudly bring you the 3rd Annual NY Burger Week, May 1-7, 2014.

The Burger Week is a 7-day celebration of trendsetting chefs and unique burgers with a series of daily events.

Hashtag = #BurgerWeek
Tweet: @BurgerConquest

THE MOST INTERESTING MEXICAN BURGER IN THE WORLD
At The Bar Room

- $45 for an Off-Menu Cinco De Mayo Burger Feast With Paired Cocktails -

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Brought to you by Burger Weekly
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Monday, May 5, 2014
The Bar Room
117 East 60th St, NYC
6:00 and 7:30 pm seatings

Price: $49
Ticket link: http://theburgerweek.com/tickets/

Includes:

  • 1 Welcome Tequila Cocktail
  • 1 Mexican style appetizer
  • 1 Dos Equis Beer Cocktail
  • 1 Off-menu Mexican Style Burger
  • 1 Side of Nachos
  • 1 Mexican style dessert

To celebrate Cinco De Mayo, The Burger Week has teamed up with The Bar Room (117 E. 60th St) for a Mexican-themed Burger feast. On May 5, you’ll be treated to a special pre-fixe dinner designed by The Bar Room Chef Kenny Brand. The event includes a 5-course Mexican themed dinner with 3 Dishes and 2 Cocktails, including a Beer Cocktail made with Dos Equis. The star of the show will be a Mexican-spiced Burger Patty topped with Aged Cheddar, Grilled Tomato, Fresh-made Pico de Gallo and a side of Nachos (replacing the standard French Fries). The Burger will be made with Burger Maker’s fresh “Certified Angus Beef Steakburger” which includes only fresh Certified Angus Beef trimming that are upper two-thirds USDA Choice.

MENU:

  • Jalapeño Poppers from scratch with a Smoked Pepper Dipping Sauce, stuffed with Cream Cheese, Bacon and Onion.
  • Paired with 1 “Ransom Buck” which consists of Tequila, Habanero Syrup, White Pepper and Ginger Beer.
  • Mexican themed Burger with a Spiced Patty with Aged Cheddar, Grilled Onion, Grilled Tomato, Fresh Pico de Gallo.
  • Paired with 1 Beer Cocktail featuring Dos Equis served in a pint glass over ice with Fresh Lemon Juice, St. Germain and Tequila with a Lemon Twist
  • Side of house made Nachos (instead of Fries)
  • Strawberry-Lime-Mescal Sorbet for Dessert.

Ticket link: http://theburgerweek.com/tickets/

**Must be seated 15 minutes before event

** For more info & tickets to other NY Burger Week Events please visit the NY Burger Week website.



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3rd Annual NY Burger Week – Rare Bar and Grill – Boozed Up Burgers With a Tequila & Whiskey Tasting

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To celebrate National Hamburger Month, Burger ConquestBurger Maker & The Food Film Festival proudly bring you the 3rd Annual NY Burger Week, May 1-7, 2014.

The Burger Week is a 7-day celebration of trendsetting chefs and unique burgers with a series of daily events.

Hashtag = #BurgerWeek
Tweet: @BurgerConquest

BOOZED UP BURGERS WITH A WHISKEY AND TEQUILA TASTING
At Rare Bar & Grill

- $23 for 3 Drunken Mini Burgers with Lunazul Tequila and Elijah Craig 12 Year Tasting -

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Brought to you by Gotham Burger Social Club
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Sunday, May 4, 2014
Rare Bar & Grill
303 Lexington Ave, NYC
1:00 and 2:30 pm seatings

Price: $23
Ticket link: http://theburgerweek.com/tickets/

Includes:

  • The Rare Drunken Trio of Mini Burgers:
  • Jameson Black Barrel Burger – Fresh ground ribeye, flambéed in Jameson Black Barrel select reserve atop its aged whiskey slaw & smothered with white Irish cheddar.
  • T-Bone Burger – A blend of filet and strip, flambeed in tequila, wrapped in apple smoked bacon, topped with cheddar and crispy onions.
  • M&M Burger – Our classic flambéed in whiskey topped with caramelized shallots, cheddar cheese & smoked apple bacon.
  • Expert lead small batch tasting featuring Lunazul Tequila & Elijah Craig 12 year Bourbon
  • One (1) side of Sweet Potato Chips with Honey Drizzle

The Burger Week began many years ago at a boozy Burger brunch and for 2014 the tradition continues! Rare Bar & Grill (303 Lexington Ave) will host Boozed Up Burgers With a Tequila & Whiskey Tasting Brunch on Sunday, May 4th for the 3rd Annual NY Burger Week. Proprietor and Burger aficionado, Douglas Boxer, has put together a Drunken Trio of Burgers, each of which is flambeed in a different liquor. You’ll taste all three as well as Rare Bar & Grill’s delicious Sweet Potato Chips topped with a Honey Drizzle.

Along with the Drunken Trio Burgers, you’ll enjoy an expertly lead tasting of small batch Tequila and Bourbon. Returning to the Burger Week, liquor expert Jessica Partington from Heaven Hill will lead a tasting of Lunazul’s Blanco and Anejo Tequilas along with Elijah Craig 12 year Bourbon.

Ticket link: http://theburgerweek.com/tickets/

**Must be seated 15 minutes before event

** For more info & tickets to other NY Burger Week Events please visit the NY Burger Week website.



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3rd Annual NY Burger Week – Ramen Burger and The Black Shack – Eastern meets Western Burger Collaboration

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To celebrate National Hamburger Month, Burger ConquestBurger Maker & The Food Film Festival proudly bring you the 3rd Annual NY Burger Week, May 1-7, 2014.

The Burger Week is a 7-day celebration of trendsetting chefs and unique burgers with a series of daily events.

Hashtag = #BurgerWeek
Tweet: @BurgerConquest

EASTERN MEETS WESTERN BURGER COLLABORATION
Featuring Black Shack & The Ramen Burger

- $45 for Off-Menu Burgers, Sides and a Beer Milkshake -

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Thursday, May 1, 2014
The Black Shack
320 Lexington Ave, NYC
6:30 & 8:00 pm seatings

Price: $45 for 2 people
Ticket link: http://theburgerweek.com/tickets/

Includes:

  • 1 off-menu Black Shack style Burger designed by Cheff Keizo Shimamoto
  • 1 off-menu Ramen Burger style Burger designed by Chef Jeff Maslanka
  • 1 Boozy Milk Shake
  • 1 Asian-American style side item
  • **All items split between 2 people**

The Burger Week in New York kicks off May 1 at The Black Shack (320 Lexington Ave) with a unique burger collaboration. Chef Jeffrey Maslanka brings off-menu burgers to the Burger Week, this time with Ramen Burger creator Keizo Shimamoto. Chef Jeff was the creative force behind the 2013 NY Burger Week off-menu Burger brunch at 67 Burger. For 2014, he and Shimamoto will work together to re-imagine each other’s Burger. Keizo has re-designed Jeff’s Western Burger – and it will be served along with Jeff’s take on the Ramen Burger. The dinner, limited to only 40 seats, will also feature a Black Shack off-menu Asian-themed side and a beer milk shake.

MENU:

  • Appetizer – Sloppy Joe-za Goyza
  • Jeff’s – Ramen Spaghetti and Meatball Burger with Sunday Gravy and Mozzarella.
  • Keizo’s – Western Meats Eastern Black Shack Burger with Burger Maker’s Certified Angus Beef Fresh Steakburger with a Slice of Pork Belly, Bamboo Shoots, Wood Ear Mushrooms, Fried Ramen Noodles Powdered with Miso Green Onions and Ramen Burger BBQ Sauce.
  • Lemon Ginger Wit Beer Milkshake

Ticket link: http://theburgerweek.com/tickets/

**Must be seated 15 minutes before event

** For more info & tickets to other NY Burger Week Events please visit the NY Burger Week website.



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RAMEN.Co – New Ramen Shop by Keizo Shimamoto in NYC Now In Soft Launch

RAMEN.Co
http://ramen.co/
100 Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038

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THE CONQUEST
Restaurants, Chefs and trends come and go just like the tide but good Food stays a shore. What a crazy ride it’s been for Keizo Shimamoto. He’s gone from Ramen blogger to Chef of a Japanese Ramen shop Bassanova, to having a documentary made about him, to a US debut at The Food Film Festival, to creating an international food sensation with the Ramen Burger, to a 2nd documentary about it, to now opening his very own Ramen shop here in NYC named RAMEN.Co. That’s not a trend, that’s a full force Food tidal wave!

The fast casual Noodle shop is now in a soft opening located at 100 Maiden Lane in New York City’s Financial District. Despite the covered windows, the restaurant is open Monday through Friday from 11am – 2pm for lunch. Your best bet is to get there early. Not only do they have a limited amount of Food but don’t forget that going into a 2nd season outdoors at Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg, the Ramen Burger lines still stretch the length of the park. While currently looks can be deceiving, so is the address. RAMEN.Co is actually just south of Maiden Lane on Pearl Street. Just look for the sign.

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Once inside, you’ll Keizo and his team, hard at work creating some of the most delicious and unique offerings in NYC in a pristine and modern dining room. The menu is small, offering Ramen with a couple of signature Ramen Soups, Bento Boxes and of course the Ramen Burger. Other than the expanded menu, the one difference to getting a Ramen Burger here as opposed to Smorgasburg is that you can add either Bacon and or Cheese to your Sandwich, as seen in the lickable looking photo at the top of this post. (Note, please do not lick your screen.)

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THE BURGER
I ordered a bowl of Ramen, made with fresh Ramen Noodles from Sun Noodle in “Brooklyn Blend” broth. It’s a dark and savory soup that’s pretty heavy on Garlic. This is a good thing. Not able to decide, Keizo topped mine with the Chashu Pork, the Chicken and the soft boiled Eggs. I could not tear myself away from this. If the multiple stains found later on my shirt were any indication of my experience, I clearly ate a lot and fast. This was one of the best bowls of Ramen I have ever had. In fact, I’d have gotten another had I not been staring in the face of a Ramen Burger. The words “Umami Bomb” come to mind.

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Ok. Mind = blown.I’ve eaten dozens of Ramen Burger’s and they’re always amazing but this one, this one has taken the cake. At Keizo’s new RAMEN.Co you can order the Ramen Burger topped with Bacon and Cheese. I would never claim that this Sandwich needs those toppings because it’s pretty unreal on it’s own. However, make no mistake, this ups the game. I’m impressed and excited once again by the magic of Keizo. The Beef in this incredible sandwich is made using a Certified Angus Beef Steakburger patty from Burger Maker. It’s an all Chuck patty which is the perfect type of grind for making a classic Burger. As a note, less than 8% of beef is considered CAB worthy.

Every food fanatic in the world needs to get to RAMEN.Co and eat this … as well as the unbelievable ramen. Wow. Just raging wow.

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Now, I do not try to hide the fact that I work for Burger Maker nor that I helped Keizo find his way to them when he was creating the Ramen Burger. But know that regardless of either of these facts, I like Food and I like Food A LOT. If I said it in the past or I say it again in the future on this blog, it represents my true feelings.

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That being said, I am honored and excited to be working with Keizo for the kick off of the 3rd Annual NY Burger Week on May 1, 2014.  Keizo will be re-imagining the Western Burger on the menu at The Black Shack, created by Chef Jeffrey Maslanka. Keizo will be giving the Burger an Eastern spin. Likewise, Jeff will re-interpret Keizo’s Ramen Burger in a way it’s never been served before. Both Chefs will be on hand to serve the Food and answer any questions. The dinner happens at The Black Shack (320 Lexington) and seats are incredibly limited.

Click here to buy tickets now or to read more about The Burger Week, follow this link.

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Burger Lift – Defend Your Burger’s Bun Integrity

Burger Lift
http://burgerlift.com

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You know what else is awesome?
THIS:
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We’ve all had it happen and when it does, it makes us Burger fanatics  sad, oh so very sad. It’s called Bun integrity and when it becomes compromised it takes away from the Burger experience. Hamburgers are not a Food we eat because it’s good for us or because we’re on a diet or counting calories, it’s a reward. Eating a Burger is a magical experience, one that even the most nonchalant person has the highest expectations for taste and quality. When that’s negatively affected it brings about an air of depression.

You don’t want a sad Burger do you?

There’s a solution!!!
THIS:
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It’s called a “Burger Lift.” It’s a device that’s meant to protect Bun integrity when you’re Burger is extra juicy.

You simply place it underneath your Burger to elevate it off the plate. Then as the delicious Juices drip from it, collecting on the plate, you don’t need to set it back down into the pool.

I recently got to meet up with Matt and Jasmine, creators of said magical Burger defense mechanism and try it out for myself. Observe …

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Yummy. Yummy. Tasty. Tasty. (Note, always use the Left Hand Grab when eating Burgers.)
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Juiciness collects on plate underneath the Burger Lift:
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The Burger Lift is also reusable, washable and stacks easily for storage. So at the time of publishing this blog where can you get this Burger defense system? You can’t. But you can help. The team behind Burger Lift currently have a Kickstarter running to fund this extremely important device. Watch the video below for more and be sure to donate so that you don’t have to face this fear again:

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Kickstarter video:

Back Burger Lift on Kickstarter and not only can you pre-order one but you can purchase a Burger sampling party at Idle Hands Bar, hosted by yours truly.

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3rd Annual NY Burger Week, May 1-7, 2014 – Details Announced

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BURGER CONQUEST TO HOST 3RD ANNUAL NY BURGER WEEK 
MAY 1-7, 2014

To celebrate National Hamburger Month, Burger Conquest, Burger Maker & The Food Film Festival proudly bring you the 3rd Annual NY Burger Week, May 1-7, 2014.

The Burger Week is a 7-day celebration of trendsetting chefs and unique burgers with a series of daily events.

Burger Conquest announces the 3rd annual NY Burger Week from May 1-7, 2014. Offering gourmet blends, off-menu specialities, drink pairings – and the return of the Burger Crawl! – NY Burger Week will pay tribute to the world’s greatest sandwich, the Hamburger. Each restaurateur and Chef will be preparing a unique event that pays tribute to the Burger in their own way.

NY_The_Burger_Week_NYC_2014_Black_Shack_Eastern_Meets_Western_Event_Layered_FinalThe Burger Week in New York kicks off May 1 at Black Shack (320 Lexington Ave) with a unique burger collaboration. Chef Jeffrey Maslanka brings off-menu burgers to the Burger Week, this time with Ramen Burger creator Keizo Shimamoto. Chef Jeff was the creative force behind the 2013 NY Burger Week off-menu Burger brunch at 67 Burger. For 2014, he and Shimamoto will work together to re-imagine each other’s Burger. Keizo has re-designed Jeff’s Western Burger – and it will be served along with Jeff’s take on the Ramen Burger. The dinner, limited to only 40 seats, will also feature a Black Shack off-menu Asian-themed side and a beer milk shake.

More details and tickets are available here: http://theburgerweek.com/tickets/

NY_The_Burger_Week_NYC_2014_The_Bar_Room_Mexican_Burger_Most_Interesting_Man_In_the_World_EventTo celebrate Cinco De Mayo, The Burger Week has teamed up with The Bar Room (117 E. 60th St) for a Mexican-themed Burger feast. On May 5, you’ll be treated to a special pre-fixe dinner designed by The Bar Room Chef Kenny Brand. The event includes a 5-course Mexican themed dinner with 3 dishes and 2 cocktails, including a beer cocktail made with Dos Equis. The star of the show will be a Mexican-spiced Burger patty topped with aged cheddar, grilled tomato, fresh-made pico de gallo and a side of nachos (replacing the standard French Fries). The burger will be made with Burger Maker’s fresh “Certified Angus Beef Steakburger” which includes only fresh Certified Angus Beef trimming that are upper two-thirds USDA Choice.

More details and tickets are available here: http://theburgerweek.com/tickets/

NY_The_Burger_Week_NYC_2014_Idle_Hands_Bar_ACDC_Back_In_Black_Angus_Event_Beer_Layered_Final.jpgThe 2014 Burger Week in NY returns to Idle Hands Bar (25 Avenue B) on May 6th with another installment of their rock ‘n’ roll burger and beer pairing dinners. The event is called the “AC/DC Back In Black Angus Burger and Beer Pairing.” The menu will feature Burgers and beers “expertly paired” with each track on AC/DC’s Back in Black album by The Burger Week founder, Rev Ciancio. The album, originally released in 1980, has gone on to become the 4th highest selling album of all time. On the anniversary of its recording in New York at Electric Lady Studios, attendees will enjoy a selection of off-menu mini-burgers created by Chef Dennis Hatzinger using Burger Maker’s Custom Blend Certified Angus Beef Burgers, each themed with a different song on the album. Burgers will be served with a series of craft beers from Bell’s Brewery, Two Brothers, 21st Amendment and Singlecut Beersmiths. The dinner will also include an order of tater tots & a shot of whiskey.

More details and tickets are available here: http://theburgerweek.com/tickets/

Must be 21+ to consume alcohol.

Four more events will be announced shortly as well as a week-long off-menu burger promotion with delivery.com that involves some of the best Burger restaurants in NYC. Restaurants, Chefs and sponsors interested in participating in NY Burger Week can find out how to get involved here.

About NY Burger Week
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NY Burger Week is an annual delicious celebration of all things Burger in New York. It is an extension of the burger blog, BurgerConquest.com written by sales marketing strategist, David “Rev” Ciancio. Rev has written about more than 600 Burgers, been featured on numerous different TV shows and named an “Expert Burger Taster” by The Learning Channel.

About Burger Maker
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Burger Maker was established in 1978 in New York City’s meatpacking district by David Schweid, a 2nd generation meat man. The company is now wholly owned and operated by David and his two sons Jamie & Brad in Carlstadt, NJ. Burger Maker specializes in making fresh patties in all shapes, sizes, and blends as well as bulk ground beef. Custom blends include everything from chuck to hanger to short rib to brisket. Burger Maker also makes Grass Fed ground beef and actively participates and adheres to Certified Humane certifications. The company has been awarded with the highest standards of SQF certification in both food safety and food quality. Burger Maker uses a delicate process to create ground beef that has a soft bite that maintains all natural beef flavors.

About The Food Film Festival
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The Food Film Festival, created and hosted by Travel Channel’s George Motz, is the only festival in the world where guests get to Taste What They See on the Screen. Now in New York City, Chicago and Charleston, SC, The Food Film Festival shows films about food, then serves the food from the films…right in your seat!




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HitTail – How To Install HitTail and Use Organic Keywords to Target Burger Fans To Your Blog

How To Install HitTail and Use Organic Keywords to Target Burger Fans To Your Blog

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To you, that probably reads like a bunch of nonsense. A string of words that neither forms a sentence that makes sense or a complete thought in paragraph form. That’s because it isn’t meant to be. Those are keywords, organic keywords that has lead people to this blog. In fact, it might be how you ended up reading this very blog post.

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I got them from HitTail. It’s a service that helps to quickly deliver important organic keywords that are driving traffic to your website. Google Analytics is a great and free service that helps you understand the traffic on your website. It’s incredibly complex and delivers a lot of data. Anyone who is versed in it’s abilities has seen the words “not provided” underneath their key words section. These words are some of the most powerful search terms that are leading people to your site.

For me, words like “burger,” “nyc,” “cheese,” “review,” or “hamburgers” would seem like obvious keywords, and they are. But they aren’t driving traffic for someone who wants to find the best Burger in NYC or more specific information like a review for In-N-Out or a recipe for Breakfast Sausage Meatballs. Those are very specific searches that are indeed on my blog and it’s a utility that I can provide. Had I not used HitTail, I would’ve not uncovered the importance of some of these precise keywords that generate traffic to Burger Conquest and The Burger Week.

How to Quickly Install HitTail On Your Blog

If you write a blog, go to their website and sign up for a free 21 day trial. It’s very easy to use and you’ll be impressed with the results.

1. Go to HitTail.com and click on “Sign up for a free trial.”
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2. Create your HitTail Account by enter in your email address, choose a password and enter your website.
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3. Enter your billing info. You will need to do this to get your 21 day free trial.
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4. Once you entered your billing info, the site will prompt you to “Activate Google Keywords.” Click it.
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5. In a new tab or browser, go to Google Webmaster Tools. If you aren’t logged into your gmail account, you will need to. If you don’t have a gmail account, you will need one.
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6. Click on “ADD A SITE.” A pop up will come up on screen. Enter the URL of the site you would like to manage. Click “Continue.”
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7. Webmaster Tools will prompt you to verify that you have control of the domain. I use GoDaddy so it prompted me to verify through their system. When the pop up shows, click “VERIFY.”
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8. You will need to log in to your GoDaddy.com account.
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9. Once you’ve logged in, Google Webmaster Tools will ask you to verify that you would like to give permission to manage the domain. Click “Accept.”

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10. It will then ask you to confirm the verification. Click “Yes” to confirm it.
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11. While it’s being confirmed, don’t click on anything and just wait for it to finish.
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12. Once the process is completed, your URL will be verified. Click “Continue.”
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13. Back on you Google Webmaster Tools dashboard, you will need to select the URL you want to use with HitTail. Select it by using the drop down menu on the top right.
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14. Click on the gear and a drop down menu will appear. Click on “Users & Site Owners.”
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15. When the screen loads, click “ADD A NEW USER.”
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16. In the pop up window, enter “gwt@hittail.com” into the box and select “Restricted” in the drop down box under “Permission.” Click “Add” to move forward.
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17. This will give HitTail the access the program needs to research your organic keywords. This is the magic sauce in what makes it so easy to work with HitTail.
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18. Go back to HitTail.com and click the “Activate!” button. If you cannot find it, check your email for a link from HitTail. Click that and you will be prompted again to “Activate Google Keywords.” (<– Or click that link)
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19. BOOM! Your keywords are importing…
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20. Once HitTail has imported your organic keywords, click the “Keywords” tab to view.
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21. Once they’ve had a chance to collect data, you’ll be able to sort by Score. This is one of the best parts because it ranks your keywords by their ability to drive you traffic. The higher the score (more stars), the more value the keyword will bring to you.
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22. Export your keywords and data to an excel sheet by clicking “Export to Excel.” A pop up window will show. Click “Export” to finalize.
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22 Steps might seem like a lot but you should be able get this done in 10 minutes or less. Then you are on your way to using some of the most important and specific organic keywords to drive more traffic to your blog.

Send me a tweet @BurgerConquest and tell me what you think about it.

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So with that, here’s a play to get some web traffic using my top HitTail keywords. Below are some titles with links to reviews based on those words along with some delicious images of Burgers and other food.

In-N-Out Review
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BurgerFi – A Review in NYC, not Philadelphia
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TGI Fridays at Cedar Point
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Recipe; How To Male Breakfast Sausage Meatballs
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Brother Jimmy’s in NYC: Loud, Proud and Tasty
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Get Taylor Ham / Pork Roll On a Burger at The White Rose System
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Some of the Best Burgers in NJ
Rossi’s Tavern in Trenton, NJ
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The Windmill in Redbank, NJ
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White Mana in Jersey City, NJ
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Shop Rite Village Food Garden in Livingston, NJ
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Arthur’s Steakhouse in Hoboken, NJ
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Jake’s Wayback Burgers
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Peter Luger Steakhouse – Have a Burger With Your Porterhouse and Don’t Forget the Peter Luger Steak Sauce
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Keizo Shimamoto and the Ramen Burger
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Venison Bacon Hamburger Recipe
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