Norman prepares for the first annual Battle of the Burger

NORMAN, Okla.- It’s been said that you can tell a lot about a person by their cooking. In May, Marc Heitz and Interurban Restaurant are teaming up with the Toby Keith Foundation to let you express yourself in the 1st Annual Battle of the Burger, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at Marc Heitz Chevrolet in Norman, OK.
Money raised for the event will go toward the construction of Toby Keith Foundation’s OK Kids Korral, a retreat for families of children battling cancer. The OK Kids Korral hopes to make life a little easier for children with cancer by providing a safe, convenient, and hopeful place for families to connect with each other and focus on the well being of their child.
"We are so thankful to Interurban and Marc Heitz Chevrolet for putting together a family-friendly event benefiting The Toby Keith Foundation,” said Juliet Nees-Bright, Executive Director for the Toby Keith Foundation. “Local support is essential in helping us build the OK Kids Korral, a home-away-from home for children with cancer."
This event is an open invitation for regional, self-proclaimed grill masters to step up and accept the challenge to submit a sample of their mouth-watering creations to celebrity and professional judges for the honor of being recognized as the best burger on the block!
Burger Judges include the famous local chef, Kurt Fleischfresser, OU’s Coach Barry Switzer, OSU’s Coach Pat Jones, award winning cook, fat and sassy blogger and cook book author Caryn Ross, and the glorious Pam Heitz, of Marc Heitz Chevrolet. Local favorites, Greg Zoobeck from KATT 100.5, Ron Benton from BOB FM 96.9, KOCO morning Anchors Anita Blanton and Mat Garcia and finally Emoly West, Miss Oklahoma will also be judging.
Individual grillers in the Backyard Griller Competition will contend for a $500 First Place, $250 Second Place and $100 Third Place. First Place for Team Challengers is $1,000, Second Place $500 and Third Place $250.
The final category, Restaurants, will be given Awards of Distinction, recognizing their business as the Best of the Best in the region wide burger competition.

“A battle among friends, teams and restaurateurs is entertaining in itself,” says Robert Ross, Co-Owner of Interurban Restaurant. “But throw in bragging rights for a year, cash prizes, live music and entertainment, and you’ve got the first ever an annual opportunity to showcase your talent in Oklahoma.”
Battlers are invited to participate as Backyard Grillers, Team Challenge or Restaurant categories. Entry into this sacred event is $50 and includes:
·     2 Battle of the Burger T-Shirts
·     1 Battle of the Burger Apron
·     2 Chairs
·     2 Tables

Challengers will provide 2 submissions for Judges and 100 samples/25 burgers for spectators.  Along with the challenge, spectators can enjoy family friendly activities, view and bid on auction items and enjoy live entertainment.
“What could be more fun than raising money for a great cause, the OK Kids Korral, by competing for the Best Burger?” Says Ross. “Got a great burger? Bring it!”
For more information on rules, judging, schedules and what to bring, visit the web site, or contact Beth Patterson­ at (405) 321-7150 or email us at
All participants must have a current Food Handler's Permit from the Department of Health. Permits can be obtained from your local County Health Department or by attending a class the morning of the Battle of the Burger. The class will be held at the Information Booth at 8:30am. The cost of $5 is included in the registration. A copy of a current Food Handler's Permit must be turned in before a competitor can participate.

For more information, please contact Beth Patterson, Interurban Restaurant,  

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