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Burger throwdown 

  New burger joints have been opening around town so fast it can be hard to keep up. A new event will gather eight of them under one roof to offer slider-size samples of their burgers and ask customers to pick the best, all while benefiting an important cause.

  The event is called Burgers, Bourbon & Beer and it's a fundraiser for the local Second Harvest Food Bank (www.no-hunger.org). Burger contestants include Bourbon House, Cheeseburger Eddie's, Company Burger, Cowbell, Phil's Grill, Straight Stick Ranch Burger Co. (the burger shack at Rock 'N' Bowl), Sylvain and Tru Burger. Of those participants, only Bourbon House and Phil's Grill have been around for more than two years. The restaurants will compete for top honors including "Best Burger," determined by a panel of judges, and a "People's Choice" award chosen by attendees. Beverage distributor Glazer's will supply a variety of drinks and La Divina Gelateria will provide dessert.

  Burgers, Bourbon & Beer is 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26 at Generations Hall (310 Andrew Higgins Drive; www.- generationshall.com). Tickets are $35 purchased online in advance (www.no-hunger.org). If still available, tickets will be $45 at the door.

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