The Chicago chapter of the American Culinary Federation (ACF), The Windy City Professional Culinarians, along with Consumers Packing Company, are co-hosting the Third Annual Summer BBQ & Burger Throwdown on Monday, June 20, 2011 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm.
At the event, teams representing Chicago-area culinary schools will compete in a test of creativity and skill. The winning team will be awarded year long bragging rights to the "Best Burger" as decided by a panel of celebrity judges and an award of $500. Past winners are Technology Center of DuPage (2009) and Dominican University (2010). Attendees will vote for their favorite and the winner of the "People's Choice" award will win $250.

In addition to sampling all of the teams' burgers, an assortment of fruit, vegetable and green salads, and light appetizers will be available. And, to cap off this great evening, guests will enjoy a selection of desserts and ice cream.

Water and soft drinks are included, as are an assortment of beers and some unique cocktails for attendees with proof of age.

There will also be a 50/50 cash raffle. The owner of the winning raffle ticket will receive 50% of the raffle ticket sales. The other 50% will be used to support the ACF Regional Culinary Team.

Please register at by June 17. Tickets are $25 for members, professionals and guests who register online by June 17; $15 for students with ID who register online by June 17; and $35 cash-only tickets will be available at the door the day of the event. The location of the event is as follows: Consumers Packing Company, 1301 Carson Drive, Melrose Park, IL 60160.