After the grills cooled, the smoke cleared, and the three champions were crowned, the 2014 Delaware Burger Battle awarded $10,000 to the Ministry of Caring’s Emmanuel Dining Room, thanks to record attendance. Delaware Burger Battle founder JulieAnne S. Cross presented the check to Brother Miguel Ramirez, program director of Emmanuel Dining Room, and Priscilla Rakestraw, development director for the Ministry of Caring. Over three years, burger battles have raised more than $21,000 for the Ministry of Caring. “The Delaware Burger Battle, to me, represents the goodness of the community, making it possible for us to provide such a basic human service every day,” Brother Miguel said. “We have tremendous appreciation and give thanks, because without this coming together of restaurants and people, we couldn’t remain open and cover basic costs. This level of donation enables us to provide thousands of meals for men, women and especially children, many of whom visit Emmanuel Dining Room each morning for breakfast before school.” The restaurants in the 2014 lineup included BBC Tavern and Grill, Cantwell’s Tavern, Chelsea Tavern, The Deer Park Tavern, Drip Café, Ernest & Scott Taproom, Kildare’s Irish Pub, La Fia, The Meat House, Nage, Pizza by Elizabeths, Redfire Grill + Steakhouse, Rose & Crown, Skipjack, Tutto Fresco Restaurant, Ulysses American Gastropub and World Cafe Live. The winners: Critic’s Choice: The Deer Park Tavern, Newark; Critic’s Choice (Alternative Burger): Ulysses American Gastropub, Wilmington; People’s Choice: Redfire Grill and Steakhouse, Hockessin. Check https://www.facebook.com/deburgerbattle for tantalizing descriptions of the winning creations, then mark your calendar for next year.