Cheeseburger cook-off set

Think you have a prize-winning cheeseburger? Then enter the “Best Cheeseburger in Paradise” Cook-off, Saturday, Aug. 19, at Forest Hills Lanes.

The grilling competition features two categories, the “Best Cheeseburger in Paradise” for teams/individuals and the “Best Cheeseburger in Rockford” for restaurants/bars. Grilling begins at noon with burgers presented to judges throughout the afternoon. Chicago-area bands Margaritaville Island and reggae band Yard will play into the evening, with food, drinks, raffles and giveaways all part of the Caribbean-style event. Proceeds will directly benefit the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

Countryside Meats will start the grillers off by providing the hamburger; the rest is up to you. Creativity counts, with all entries included in the “Grilling in Paradise” cookbook. Miller products will be on hand as well as margaritas on tap from Margaritaville Tequila. The first 300 people through the gates will receive the Official Jimmy Buffett “Fins Up” bracelet, courtesy of the Northern Illinois Parrothead Club.

So grease up your spatula, or, for a $5 donation at the gate, enjoy a day of music, food and fun.

Applications are available at Forest Hills Lanes and For more information, stop by or call Forest Hills Lanes at 654-3900 or e-mail at

From the Aug. 16-22, 2006, issue

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