Rhode Island Monthly Summer Guide 2014 : Page 8

MICHAEL MAXON, Burger Basics Crazy Burger Cafe and Juice Bar 144 Boon St., Narra-gansett, 783-1810, crazyburger.com k DON’T Use frozen ground meat. Try local and/or grass-fed to see if you prefer the taste, or try bison burgers for a nice change. Handle the beef as little as possible. Tips for forming perfect patties for your backyard barbecue. By Jamie Coelho DO DO JOHN ELKHAY, Chow Fun Food Group (Harry’s Bar and Burger, Luxe Burger Bar, Rick’s Roadhouse, Ten Prime Steak and Sushi and XO Cafe) chowfunfoodgroup.com DO Bring meat to room temperature before cooking. Squeeze the burgers; it removes the juices and lavor from the meat. Only lip the burger once to be a pro and to achieve the best results. DON’T DO JAKE ROJAS, Tallulah on Thames 464 Thames St., Newport, 849-2433, tallulahonthames.com DO Choose a blend with a higher fat ratio. We prefer a 70/30 blend. Pack the meat into tight patties. We use a large ring mold. It’s also very important that all the burgers weigh the same, as this will ensure consistent cooking temperature. Let the cooked meat rest for at least three minutes after removing from the grill or oven. DO Michael Maxon’s Cajun burger. For this recipe, see page 28. DO -For burger recipes from John Elkhay and Jake Rojas, go to rimonth.ly/riburger FOODIE FESTIVALS Sample tasty local treats under the summer sun. By Kelsey Quinn THE GREAT CHOWDER COOK OFF AND THE NEWPORT OYSTER FESTIVAL Stars of the Show: Chow-der and oysters Atmosphere: Enjoy chowder, raw bar delights and seafood favorites over live music and enter the oyster-slurping con-test. Fun Facts: The chowder cook-o claims to be the longest-running contest for chowder champions. The Details: June 7. Noon–6 p.m. Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport, 846 1600, newportwater frontevents.com festival pays homage to the wild strawberry, a favorite of early colonists and the Narra-gansett tribe. The Details: June 14. Rain date June 15. Noon–4 p.m. Smith’s Castle, 55 Rich-ard Smith Dr., North Kingstown, 294 3521, smithscastle.org SMITH’S CASTLE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL Star of the Show: Strawberry shortcake Atmosphere: Once the social center of life for colonists, Smith’s Castle preserves local history and the environment. Fun Facts: The RHODE ISLAND SUMMER BREW FEST Stars of the Show: Brewskis Atmosphere: | | CONTINUED ON PAGE 16 At least thirty 8 RHODE ISLAND MONTHLY l SUMMER GUIDE 2014 PHOTOS THIS SPREAD, ANGEL TUCKER. OYSTERS, THINKSTOCK.

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