Burgers benefit Buddy Program of Aspen | AspenTimes.com

Burgers benefit Buddy Program of Aspen

Bodi Francis, 10, of Aspen Elementary School, samples his "Italian Stallion" burger during the Buddy Burger Cook-off on Wednesday.
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A tie was announced Wednesday in the local “Buddy Burger” competition that evaluated hamburger recipes from around 50 kids.

The winners were Jacob Martin, 10, a student at Carbondale Middle School; and Bodi Francis, 10, of Aspen Elementary School. Their burgers will be sold at CP Burger on East Durant Avenue during February, with 20 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Buddy Program, which links adult mentors with area kids.

The kids prepared their burgers Wednesday during a media event at the restaurant. They were assisted by CP Burger owner Craig Cordts-Pearce, who gave them tips along the way.

“It’s always important when you work in a kitchen to keep everything clean,” he told the young chefs. “Otherwise, it just doesn’t work.”

Martin made a “Thanksgimme” turkey burger, rounded out with mashed potatoes, a stuffing gravy, sweet-potato fries and the restaurant’s CP sauce with cranberry.

Francis’ creation was the “Italian Stallion” burger, featuring ground beef mixed with sausage, marinara sauce, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and a basil-pesto sauce.

“It was something fun to do,” Francis said.

David Houggy, executive director of the Buddy Program, said the competition was the brainchild of Alan Klein, publisher of Aspen Magazine, and Cordts-Pearce.

“They thought it would be a fun way of promoting the Buddy Program and getting the community involved in the program,” Houggy said.

Cordts-Pearce tweaked the winning recipes, Houggy said.

Martin and Francis will be featured in the midwinter issue of Aspen Magazine.

For more information about the Buddy program, call 970-920-2130 or visit http://www.buddyprogram.org.

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