GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo., Jul 27, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Burger enthusiasts nationwide will have the opportunity to taste America's newest gourmet burger recipe - created by a 12-year-old chef - while also supporting an important cause. From Tuesday, July 26, to Sunday, Sept. 11, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (Red Robin) will feature Wichita, Kan., resident 12-year-old Donovan Duggins' Mt. Vesuvius Burger in all U.S. Red Robin(R) restaurants. For each Mt. Vesuvius Burger sold*, Red Robin will donate fifty cents to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children(R) (NCMEC) to support its child safety education, and abduction and exploitation prevention efforts.
Red Robin, the gourmet burger expert for more than 40 years, selected Duggins' Mt. Vesuvius Burger recipe - made with a beef patty, sesame seed bun, crumbled blue cheese, bacon, provolone cheese and his own Lava Sauce, consisting of sweet BBQ sauce, hot sauce, garlic powder and paprika - as the winning burger during the fifth annual Kids' Cook-Off Championship in December 2010. Since 2006, Red Robin has donated more than $220,000 to NCMEC through its Kids' Cook-Off program.
"I'm so excited my Mt. Vesuvius Burger will be sold at Red Robin to help missing kids," said Duggins, who, in addition to being the Kids' Cook-Off champion, also is an accomplished viola player and composer. "I hope everyone tries my burger this summer to support the National Center."
Thousands of kids from across the country submitted gourmet burger recipes for the fifth annual event, and the top 50 recipes, including Duggins', are now featured in a burger cookbook. The cookbook is available for free download at www.redrobin.com and also includes back-to-school child safety tips from NCMEC.
This year, to see how grown-up burger recipes stack up against kid-created recipes, today through Sunday, Sept. 11, Red Robin is challenging adult burger lovers across the country to customize a gourmet burger creation in the first "People's Burger" contest by visiting www.thepeoplesburger.com, and describing it in a Twitter-style fashion of 140 characters or less. Burger entries will be voted on by friends and family and then judged by a panel of experts, including recently-named Chief Burger Officer Michael Morrison, Red Robin Executive Chef Dave Woolley, and Duggins. The grand prize recipe will be named "The People's Burger" and the winning mastermind chef will receive Red Robin YUMMM(R) for a year**, an Apple(R) iPad 2, and a Red Robin party where their winning burger will be served to 25 of their friends and family. Two runners-up will also receive Red Robin YUMMM(R) for a year.
For more information and to find a Red Robin restaurant near you, visit www.redrobin.com.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (www.redrobin.com), a casual dining restaurant chain founded in 1969 that operates through its wholly owned subsidiary, Red Robin International, Inc., has been serving up wholesome, fun dining experiences in a family-friendly environment for more than 40 years. Red Robin, the "Smiling Burger(R)" expert, is famous for serving more than two dozen high-quality, Honest to Goodness(R) gourmet burgers in a variety of recipes with Bottomless Steak Fries(R), as well as salads, soups, appetizers, entrees and signature Bottomless Beverages(TM). There are more than 430 Red Robin(R) restaurants located across the United States and Canada, including corporate-owned locations and those operating under franchise agreements. Red Robin... YUMMM(R)!
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization. Since it was established by Congress in 1984, the organization has operated the toll-free, 24-hour national missing children's hotline, which has handled more than 3,372,730 calls. It has assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 163,330 children. The organization's CyberTipline has handled more than 1,146,300 reports of child sexual exploitation and its Child Victim Identification Program has reviewed and analyzed more than 52,645,050 pornography images and videos. The organization works in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice's office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. To learn more about NCMEC, call its toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST or visit its web site at www.missingkids.com.
* Maximum donation not to exceed $50,000
** Twelve $30 Red Robin gift cards
SOURCE: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc.