Sutter Home Family Vineyards Announces the $100,000 Winner of the 2012 Sutter Home Build a Better Burger® Recipe Contest

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7 Train Caramelized Green Curry Burger and Indian Lamb Burger take top honors at Napa Valley cook-off

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“To have served a recipe inspired by the love of both my family and my adopted city of New York City is a dream come true and I can’t thank Sutter Home and the sponsors enough,” says winner Erin Evenson.

A week before Memorial Day Weekend and the official kick off to grilling season, Sutter Home Family Vineyards announced that Erin Evenson of Brooklyn, N.Y. won the $100,000 grand prize of the 2012 Sutter Home Build a Better Burger Recipe Contest with her 7 Train Caramelized Green Curry Burger. Evenson wowed the judges with her creative burger featuring sweet and spicy green-curry glaze, salty pancetta, creamy minted basil aioli, roasted cashews, and watercress salad during the cook-off in St. Helena, Calif. The panel of judges also named the Indian Lamb Burger from Mark Richardson of Snohomish, Wash. as the Best Alternative Burger and $15,000 prize winner. The Grilled Green Tomato Burger from three-time finalist Mark Pyne of Troy, Ala. and the Better than Breakfast in Bed Burger from Kim Jones of Bloomington, Ill. were named as the People’s Choice Award Burgers by cook-off attendees.

“To have served a recipe inspired by the love of both my family and my adopted city, New York, is a dream come true and I can’t thank Sutter Home and the sponsors enough,” said Evenson.
The winning burgers were selected from 10 finalist recipes, and thousands of submissions. The finalist recipes and Sutter Home wine pairings can be seen at, along with recipes from previous years of the popular recipe contest.

“Each year, the Sutter Home Build a Better Burger Recipe Contest features increasingly inventive and flavorful burger recipes, and we congratulate Erin Evenson and Mark Richardson for their accomplishments in this year’s contest,” said Wendy Nyberg, senior director of marketing for Sutter Home.

“Erin’s burger was really a mouthful in the best possible way,” said Katie Chin, Asian food expert and contest judge. “She captured the essence of southeast Asian cooking with the sweet, sour and salty flavor combination, and unique texture.”

“I was bewitched by the hot mango chutney in Mark’s Indian lamb burger,” said Jennifer Beckman, 2011 Sutter Home Build a Better Burger Recipe Contest grand prize winner and contest judge. “It was absolutely wonderful.”

The 2012 Sutter Home Build a Better Burger Recipe Contest winners were selected by this year’s panel of judges, including:

  •     James McNair is the bestselling author of more than 40 cookbooks and head judge for the Sutter Home Build a Better Burger Recipe Contest since the contest began in 1990, and now also serves as Honorary Chairman of the recipe contest.
  •     Steven Raichlen is a multi-award-winning author, journalist, cooking teacher and TV host, and is often acknowledged as the man who reinvented barbecue.
  •     Katie Chin is an Asian food expert, cookbook author, TV host, and food blogger of The Sweet and Sour Chronicles.
  •     Kevin Kolman is the Weber Grill Master, from Weber Stephen Products LLC, the world’s leading manufacturer of outdoor gas, charcoal and electric grills, and grilling accessories. Weber is also a 2012 Sutter Home Build a Better Burger Recipe Contest sponsor.
  •     Jennifer Beckman was the $100,000 grand prize winner of the 2011 Sutter Home Build a Better Burger Recipe Contest with her farm-inspired Screen Porch Burger.

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For more than 20 years, the Sutter Home Build a Better Burger Recipe Contest has invited cooks from around the country to submit their original creative, flavorful burger recipes for a chance to win. The 2013 recipe contest is now open for submissions including California residents, who can once again enter the recipe contest after recent changes in state laws. Recipes can be entered at or the Sutter Home Facebook page.

Over the last two decades, the popular recipe contest has collected thousands of mouth-watering burger recipes, allowing Sutter Home to create the burgerbase®, the world’s largest collection of burger recipes. The burgerbase® also serves as inspiration for contestants, as judges look for original and inspired recipes that are packed with flavor. Past burger recipes feature a wide range of combinations of ingredients ranging from grilled avocado BLTs to strawberry BBQ bacon and soy-glazed salmon.

Sutter Home would like to thank the sponsors of the 2012 Sutter Home Build a Better Burger Recipe Contest:


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  •     Wholly Guacamole®

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  •     KitchenAid®

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  •     The Beef Checkoff

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  •     The California Milk Advisory Board

Where California’s award winning cheesemakers make more than 250 varieties and styles of cheese that carry the Real California Cheese seal.

This year’s roster of sponsors will be returning for the 2013 Sutter Home Build a Better Burger Recipe Contest, along with Weber-Stephen Products LLC, which is headquartered in Palatine, Ill., and the world’s premier manufacturer of charcoal, gas and electric grills, grilling accessories and other outdoor room products. In 1952, founder George Stephen sparked a backyard revolution with his invention of the Weber®kettle. More than 60 years later, the privately-held company remains the industry leader with its Weber®, Weber® Q®, and Weber accessories. As a leading exporter of grills, Weber brand products are sold worldwide at select home centers, hardware stores, department stores, patio stores, and other retail outlets. Also returning as a sponsor next year is Kettle Brand® Chips, a pioneer of and one of the leaders in the premium kettle-cooked potato chip category. Kettle Brand is committed to making every product with all natural ingredients and without trans-fats, artificial flavors or preservatives. With three decades of innovation expertise and 40 popular products to show for it, Kettle Brand continues to enjoy pushing flavor boundaries and partnering with those that do the same.

To find more information on the Sutter Home Build a Better Burger Recipe Contest, including where to enter recipes, along with recipe guidelines, past recipes, wine pairing suggestions, past winners and other details of the contest, visit

About Sutter Home
Sutter Home Family Vineyards is wholly owned and operated by the Trinchero family, Napa Valley vintners since 1948. The Trinchero Family Estates portfolio includes more than 30 brands such as Sutter Home, Trinchero Napa Valley, Napa Cellars, Terra d’Oro, SeaGlass, Trinity Oaks, Folie à Deux, Ménage à Trois, and the number one alcohol-removed wine, Fre. TFE markets and sells Joel Gott Wines; Charles & Charles wines; and the Three Thieves group of wines: Bandit, Newman’s Own, and The SHOW. TFE’s import portfolio includes Angove Wines from Australia; Doña Paula wines from Argentina; Carmen Wines from Chile; Shatter Wines from France; and CRUZ and Tres Agaves Tequilas from Mexico. Visit to learn more.


Media Contacts:
Nora Feeley
Trinchero Family Estates / Sutter Home
707-963-5928 ext. 2160 / nfeeley(at)tfewines(dot)com

Vineetha Pathrose
415-486-3258 / vineetha.pathrose(at)edelman(dot)com

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