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Jason Jones, owner of Kaladi's 2.0, is the creator of the winning Frisco Melt, which he is holding. Photo by Margaret A. Ontl

Kaladi's 'Frisco Melt' earns the local best burger competition

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business River Falls, 54022
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Jason Jones of Kaladi's 2.0 was thrilled to find out that after the voting was done, his entry in the River Town Burger Battle earned the top spot. The event, all for fun, was a fundraiser for the Western Wisconsin Autism Awareness Consulting Center, WWAAC. Six area restaurants participated including The Village Inn, Seasons, Uncle Mike's Em-Pour-E-Yum, Dick's Bar and Grill, Agave Kitchen and Kaladi's 2.0.

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Participants could purchase a judging card for $25, which entitled them to go to each restaurant between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30 and enjoy one featured burger-battle burger at each location.

Each restaurant could sell up to 20 cards and the WWAACC also had additional cards available.

Voting was done on line.

The winner, the Frisco Melt, was Jones' creation and it is on his regular menu.

"One of the first things I did was add a burger line to our menu when I bought Kaladi's," said Jones.

"Burgers are personally my food of choice."

The winning burger combines American and Swiss cheese, caramelized onions, chopped thick sliced sugar cured apple wood smoked bacon, homemade thousand-island dressing, two quarter pound hand smashed fresh angus beef patties all served on grilled sourdough bread.

"It is on our menu all of the time," said Jones of the winning Frisco Melt. "I just chose a good burger."

Jones, who has cooked at and managed an assortment of area establishments, credits Bonnie Lind, of Lerks (now closed) in Afton with teaching him how to make a burger right.

"This is a real honor," said Jones. "I know that the other cooks are terrific. It was fun to be in the competition. All cooks are competitive and we all love to cook." Jones is hoping for more competitions for area chefs and cooks, perhaps, a soup or fish-fry event for a good cause.

The WWAACC raised $2,925 from the Burger Battle, which was coordinated by Mary and Craig Hofland.

"It is great to see how the community, businesses and individuals, joined together to support a small non-profit," said Mary Paulson, of WWAACC. "It was a lot of fun and the all of the participating restaurants donated the burgers."

For more information about WWAACC go to www.wwaacc.org

To try the Frisco Melt, stop by Kaladi's 2.0 located at 3250 Heiser St., which is in the St. Croix Business Park. Kaladi's 2.0 is open Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and closed on Sundays. You may also visit their website at www.kaladis2.com.

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