Help­ing the kids, a burger at a time

Mid­dle­ton’s Big Scoop Skippy Burger wins the war for kids’ char­ity

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The Big Scoop Fam­ily Res­tau­rant’s Skippy Burger comes with a dozen condi­ments. It’s messy. And it’s to die for.

It’s so good it won the Val­ley’s Burger Wars 2017 and helped raise $8,661 for Cam­paign for Kids.

Big Scoop man­ager Sue Wam­boldt mem­o­rised the Skippy Burger in­gre­di­ents and can re­cite them just like in the old Big Mac com­mer­cial. On­line, there’s a video of Wam­boldt mak­ing the spiel.

“It’s a quar­ter-pound patty on a grilled rus­tic bun,” says Wam­boldt. “It comes with ketchup, mus­tard, rel­ish, onions, let­tuce, toma­toes, mayo, pick­les, mozza cheese, ched­dar cheese, ba­con, and bar­be­cue sauce.”

From April 1 to April 30, chefs served up new culi­nary mas­ter­pieces es­pe­cially cre­ated for the sec­ond an­nual Cam­paign for Kids fundraiser. A buck from each burger was do­nated to the Kings County char­ity that helps kids in need.

While the Big Scoop’s Skippy Burger was the Most Out­stand­ing Burger based on votes on the Burger Wars web­site, The Capi­tol Pub, also in Mid­dle­ton, came in sec­ond with kitchen man­ager Michelle Friel’s Big Pop­per burger. Friel’s en­try was a sea­soned patty with a hint of jalapenos, topped with a spe­cial cheese blend and caramelized onions.

Third place went to the Old Or­chard Inn in Green­wich. The Port Pub in Port Wil­liams sold the most burg­ers dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion.

Pub­lic re­sponse

“Ev­ery­body loved it,” said Wam­boldt in ref­er­ence to the Skippy Burger. “I don’t think we had one per­son that didn’t like it. The only other thing we had was ex­tra nap­kins be­cause there’s a lot of condi­ments – it’s a good burger but a lit­tle messy.”

They sold 222 Skippy Burg­ers dur­ing the con­test, and cus­tomers do­nated an ad­di­tional $50 to the cause. RONA Cash and Carry in Mid­dle­ton topped up the funds to $500.

Across the Val­ley, 8,141 burg­ers were sold from about 30 par­tic­i­pat­ing restau­rants, bistros, and pubs. With ad­di­tional mon­e­tary do­na­tions, the to­tal raised came to $8,661.

Or­ga­niz­ers termed Burger Wars 2017 a mas­sive suc­cess.

“These funds will go a long way in help­ing un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren in Kings County,” Cam­paign for Kids wrote on the Burger Wars web­site.

This year’s con­test eclipses last year’s Burger Wars that saw 23 en­trants and 5,217 burg­ers sold.

For Wam­boldt, the Burger Wars vi­sion fits in with what they do.

Help­ing kids

Cam­paign for Kids was cre­ated by Fam­ily and Chil­dren’s Ser­vices of Kings County to ad­dress the over­whelm­ing num­ber of re­quests for as­sis­tance from fam­i­lies in cri­sis. Cam­paign for Kids is com­posed of a vol­un­teer board and a net­work of busi­ness con­tacts. All do­na­tions go di­rectly to the lo­cal chil­dren who need it most.

“With the pro­ceeds (along with other fundrais­ing done in the year), CFK had a spe­cial project last year where we pur­chased winter cloth­ing (boots, pants and jack­ets) for needy stu­dents at ev­ery kings county school,” said this year’s Burger Wars or­ga­nizer, Andy Forse, not­ing the cost was al­most $15,000.

“With­out Burger Wars we prob­a­bly wouldn’t have been able to meet that need,” Forse said in an in­ter­view prior to the start of this year’s con­test. “We hope Burger Wars can be even more suc­cess­ful this year so we can con­tinue projects like that this year.”

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Sue Wam­boldt and Angie Chute-cress with the win­ning Skippy Burger at the Big Scoop Fam­ily Res­tau­rant in Mid­dle­ton. It was the Most Out­stand­ing Burger in the Cam­paign for Kids Burger Wars 2017, a fundraiser for chil­dren in need.

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