Brainfood Burger Battle & Brainfood Grill-Off

The 2013 Brainfood Burger Battle was a tasty, meat-filled time!

**Congratulations and thank you to everyone who participated! Celebrating so many creative, delicious  variants on the burger was a wonderful way to support Brainfood's work!**

Ten of DC’s best chefs competed for the title of Brainfood Burger Battle Champion
on Sunday, June 30th, 2013 to find out who makes the best burger in DC.  It was a wonderful way to spend summer Sunday afternoon and a great time was had by all!

Corporate supporters, 250 Brainfood donors, and DC food lovers enjoyed burgers from all ten chefs, a selection of local beverages, Gordy's Pickles and dessert from Small Comforts Bakeshop. Beverages were provided by Mad Fox Brewing, 3 Stars Brewing and Brewery Ommegang, and Port City Brewing. 

Hosted by Poste Moderne Brasserie and the winners of the 2012 Brainfood Grill-Off, Chef Dennis Marron of Poste and Chef Teddy Folkman of Granville Moore’s, the Brainfood Burger Battle raised funds to support Brainfood’s food-focused programming serving DC teens. 

Chefs were allowed to use any meat, bread or accompaniment they chose to wow the panel of judges and be declared the Brainfood Burger Battle Champion.

2013 Participating Chefs :
Dennis Marron – Poste
Teddy Folkman – Granville Moore’s
Scott Drewno - The Source
Haidar Karoum – Proof/Estadio/Doi Moi
Victor Albisu – Taco Bamba/Del Campo

Kyle Bailey – Birch & Barley/GBD
Anthony Chittum – Iron Gate
Todd Wiss – Firefly
Marjorie Meek-Bradley – Ripple
Andrew Dixon – Mad Fox Brewing Co.                

For more information, please contact Paul Dahm at 301.529.2679 or



Brainfood Grill-Off

6th Annual Brainfood Grill-Off

was a success!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

6:30 - 9:00 pm

Brainfood Innovation Center & Youth Garden

900 Massachusetts Ave NW



Brainfood Grill Off 2012 Winners: 

Brainfood Skillet Award: Philips Electronics with Chef Teddy Folkman, Granville Moore's and Brainfood Chef Mariah Fraker

People's Choice (Brainfoodie) Award: Edelman with Chef Dennis Marron, Poste and Brainfood Chefs Celena Durant and Maribel Lovos


**Congratulations and thank you to all the sponsors and their teams and the Grill Off chefs for participating.  All your hard work will help to benefit this year's programing!!**


The Brainfood Grill-Off is a unique, fun event that features a grilling competition where corporate teams are pitted against each other for the coveted Brainfoodie Skillet award.  Teams are matched with a Brainfood student and a chef from one of DC's best restaurants. Click here to see photos from this year's Grill Off!


Participating Chefs:   Teddy Folkman, Owner/Chef of Granville Moore's, Kyle Bailey of Birch & Barley, Billy Klein of Cafe Saint-Ex, Allison Sosna of Micro Greens and host of Cooking with Alli, Michael Noon of Ridgewells, Brad Walker of Boundary Road and Dennis Marron of Poste.  Stay tuned for more coming!

Judges:  Amanda McClements of, Nyyci Nellis of, Mark Kuller of Proof and Estadio, and David Hagedorn of The Washington Post.

Master of Ceremonies:  Leon Harris, news anchor, ABC7/WJLA-TV.

Sponsors:  Reznick Group, Edelman, Occam Solutions, TTR Sotheby's International Realty, Philips Electronics North America, Mercator XXI, LLC, and Ridgewell's Catering.


See below for Grill-Off sponsor information.  Contact Paul Dahm at for details.


How to get involved:

We need your support! We’re counting on you to help us to continue to bring Brainfood’s innovative programs to more deserving youth.

  • Recruit a team and compete in the Brainfood Grill-Off.
  • Become a corporate sponsor.
  • Bring your family and friends to the event.
  • Interested in being a sponsor? Check out our sponsor menu:



  • One team of 5 in the 2012 Brainfood Grill-Off competition
  • Prominent logo placement in all printed event materials, including chefs’ aprons, and invitation and promotional materials distributed to media, corporate donors and individuals in the Washington metro area
  • Recognition by event emcee
  • Full page ad in program
  • Recognition in all press coverage
  • Logo placed on home page of Brainfood website for one year
  • 30 individual tickets to the Grill-Off
  • Healthy cooking workshop provided by Brainfood MVP's


SOUS CHEF - $10,000

  • One team of 5 in the 2012 Brainfood Grill-Off competition
  • Logo on invitation, signage and promotional materials
  • Half-Page Ad in program
  • 30 individual tickets to the Grill-Off
  • Logo placed on Brainfood website for one year


TEAM - $5,000

Teams consist of no more than 5 people, plus a local chef and a Brainfood graduate.  Team slots are limited so sign up now!  You will also receive:

  • Name recognition on invitation, signage and promotional materials
  • 20 individual tickets to the Grill-Off
  • Logo placed on Brainfood website for one year


 SOMMELIER - $1,000

  • Name recognition on program, signage and promotional materials
  • 4 individual tickets to the event
  • Name recognition on Brainfood website for one year


Individual Ticket - $35

  • Includes light dinner, open bar, and entertainment

For more information, please contact Paul Dahm at (301) 529-2679.