Celebrate the 100th anniversary invention of the cheeseburger in Pasadena during Cheeseburger Week 2024!
By News Desk
Pasadena restaurants will celebrate the Centennial of Cheeseburgers on the 100th anniversary of Lionel Sternberger’s culinary innovation at The Rite Spot in Pasadena in 1924. Forty restaurants and burger joints will take part in the citywide celebration Sunday, January 21, 2024, to Saturday, January 27, 2024.
For the centennial celebration, the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce has added a Cheeseburger Passport. Participants can download the passport, go to a participating restaurant and get a stamp upon purchase. People will win prizes depending on the number of stamps they collect during Cheeseburger Week, January 21 to January 27.
– Cheeseburger Challenge
Participants can vote for their favorites in several categories at pasadenarestaurantweek.com during Cheeseburger Week. In addition to Favorite Cheeseburger, participants can vote for their favorites in categories such as Favorite White Table Cloth Cheeseburger, Favorite Sliders, Favorite Lunch Counter Burger, Favorite Cocktail with a Burger, and more. Forty of Pasadena’s favorite restaurants, lounges and burger joints offer their signature burgers, some special creations, and great deals during Cheeseburger Week.
– Cheeseburger History
In 1924, as legend has it, teenaged Lionel Sternberger burned one side of a hamburger patty at The Rite Spot, his father’s roadside stand along Colorado in west Pasadena. Rather than throw away the spoiled burger, he masked his mistake with a piece of cheese and served it to a customer. Word soon spread and customers flocked to The Rite Spot for The Aristocratic Burger. Sternberger’s achievement is the first verified instance of someone serving a hamburger with cheese to a customer.
– Selected Cheeseburger Week Specials
- Royal Royce Burger at the Langham Huntington Hotel Pasadena is made with a prime beef mix of 60 percent short rib and 40 percent brisket topped with a butter-poached lobster tail, smoked chanterelle mushrooms, raclette fondue, and black truffles on a brioche sprinkled with gold leaf.
- Lule Kebab Sandwich at Raffi’s in East Pasadena.
- Beef Ribs from Bone Kettle in Old Pasadena.
- Beef kafta kebab at Hummus Labs.
- Empanadas at Chamo Venezuelan Cuisine.
For other special offerings, visit the website at pasadenarestaurantweek.com. Voting in the 2024 Cheeseburger Challenge opens January 21, 2024, and ends January 28, 2024.
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