Culinard's Kitchen on George in Mobile Celebrates National Cheeseburger Day with Students

Sep 5, 2013

Kitchen on George National Cheeseburger Day

Lunch available Sept. 18 from 11-4 p.m.

MOBILE, Ala. - Sept. 3, 2013 - Kitchen on George, a restaurant of Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College in Mobile, will allow students to create their ideal burger during lunch on Sept. 18, in honor of National Cheeseburger Day. Students will develop their burgers utilizing a variety of buns, meat and esoteric and artisanal cheeses from Coach and Sweet Grass Dairy. They will then offer their unique creations to Kitchen on George customers.

National Cheeseburger Day competition Jakeil Franlks

Virginia College in Mobile student winner of the National Cheeseburger Day competition Jakeil Franlks and his creation The Fat Doug Burger Rebirth Style.

"We could not be more thrilled to hold such an event to allow students to be imaginative while personalizing their own cheeseburger," says Eric Berrios, president of Virginia College. "We are happy to be celebrating National Cheeseburger Day with our students as they learn while serving our community their very own creations. "

The winning burger of National Cheeseburger Day

The winning burger was a 2 to 1 blend of Beef and ground short rib, lettuce, tomato, onion, jalapeno mayo, "sha-sha" sauce (a mustard based sauce) topped with applewood bacon and provolone cheese on a Kaiser Roll.

Located on the corner of George and Savannah Streets in the historic Oakleigh Garden District, Kitchen on George is known for its contemporary twist on traditional Southern food almost as well as its courtyard patio dining area. The menu at Kitchen on George consists of a wide variety of fresh, contemporary American food, which guests can enjoy tapas style in small plates or bowls or as traditional entrées. Whenever possible, locally-sourced ingredients are used to provide patrons with fresh, bright flavors of the region. An extensive selection of fine wines is also offered.

Judges for National Cheeseburger Day

Judges for National Cheeseburger Day contest held at Kitchen on George included: Virginia College in Mobile President Eric Berrios, Culinard Instructor Chef Paul Wooten, and al.com Food Writer Dave Holloway.

National Cheeseburger Day, which began roughly in Pasadena, Calif., around 1926 at Stenberger's when a customer requested a slice of American cheese on his hamburger. Californian cook and owner Lionel Stenberger eventually decided to add the cheeseburger option to his menu. Customers can enjoy cheeseburgers at Kitchen on George during lunch from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The menu features a variety of cheeseburgers with any combination of beef, veal or pork with esoteric and artisanal cheeses on any kind of bun.

Culinard students helping out in the kitchen

Students from Culinard receive assistance from Kitchen on George Chef Carl Tilley as they prepare their Cheeseburger concoctions.

"With the success of our students and their creativeness, I believe that our National Cheeseburger Day event will be a great hands-on experience for our students to interact and help customers themselves," says Ron Patak, vice president of student retail operations at Culinard. "We are proud to be serving the Mobile area to celebrate and look forward to future events here at Kitchen on George."

Special events at Kitchen on George have increased the buzz in Mobile about the restaurant, which experienced national coverage for its "Pooches on the Patio" fundraising event, and more recently a VIP dinner with Chef Ben Vaughn.

Kitchen on George joins Century Restaurant and the Café at Innovation Depot in Birmingham, Ala., in providing off-site restaurant operations experience for students of Culinard. Students are trained and work at the establishments to complete externships prior to graduation and often may continue employment with the restaurant.

Since opening, Culinard has trained more than 1,000 chefs and has been consistently recognized as an exemplary program by the American Culinary Federation. As a result of Culinard's success in Birmingham and Mobile, Ala.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Savannah, Ga., and Richmond, Va., Culinard has recently opened two additional locations in Greenville, S.C., and Chattanooga, Tenn.

For more information about Kitchen on George or Culinard, visit www.kitchenongeorge.com or www.culinard.com.

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