Historic Dublin restaurants will put their best on a bun for the latest gourmet challenge in town.
The Historic Dublin Business Association will host the inaugural Slider Challenge from 5 to 7 p.m. July 3 offering up tiny burgers from five local restaurants.
"We found that the chili cook-off is by far one of our most popular events," said Robert Smith, Historic Dublin Business Association coordinator.
"It brings out 500 to 600 people every time we hold it in the fall. It's a great way to raise money for charity as well," Smith said.
"We thought it would be good to have a sister (event) on the other end of the calendar."
"The burger is a traditional American food item that has all types of room for customization," Smith said.
"All the restaurants are proud of how they customize chili. We thought we'd like to know how they can customize a burger as well."
J Liu is coming off a defeat from La Chatelaine in the chili cook-off and hopes to gain a title in the first slider challenge.
"We put it up to Jason and he said 'If we're going to do it, we better win,' " said Manager Ross Chasko. "We have carte blanche to put up something unique."
Chasko didn't want to give away too much to fellow competitors, but said the J Liu slider will have "a J Liu take on it.
"It will be a little Asian infused," Chasko said. "We want to think outside the box of what Tuccis or Mezzo could throw out. We're pulling out all the stops."
According to Chasko, all the Historic Dublin restaurants work together well, but there will be some tough competition for bragging rights.
"It just so happens that since (chef) Joe (Shonce) came aboard to take over cooking here at Dublin, the cook-off will coincide with the summer menu rollout," Chasko said.
"We thought this would be a great opportunity to show that there is a new guard in town. Joe is taking the menu to a new place."
The slider challenge will also be an opportunity to raise money for a local group.
"During the slider challenge all proceeds go to the Dublin AM Rotary Foundation," Smith said, adding the foundation has helped several groups both locally and around the world. "They'll be volunteering and selling tickets."
Tickets at the slider challenge will be available at the five participating restaurants July 3 for $10. Tickets can also be purchased in advance online at usaseats. com for $8.
Tickets are good for one slider at each location and once all the sliders have been tasted a vote for the best can be cast with the event ticket.
"It's going to be a really good time," Smith said, adding the challenge will be held in conjunction with the monthly Jig Thursday.
"The restaurants are amazing."