Blue cheese burger

Blue cheese burger

 

CHAPTER 12: BLUE CHEESE BURGER, USA

As an Operating Partner for Salt Creek Grille (and longtime owner of the Princeton NJ location), VIA Italian Wine Ambassador Hugh Preece has to know burgers. And while a variety of the American favorites can be found at the restaurant, the Stuffed “Blues” Burger is by far the most decadent. A full half-pound of fresh-ground chuck, it’s stuffed with Gorgonzola, mesquite-grilled over an open flame, then finished with melted blue cheese, blue cheese aioli, arugula, tomato and frizzled onions, all piled onto a pillowy brioche bun.

Hugh chooses to pair this rich, complex dish with Croatina, a native variety from Alto Piemonte (and often Lombardy) that’s deep in color but light on its feet, offering a creamy, velvety mouth feel. It manages to stand up to the beefy burger while simultaneously remaining subtle enough avoid overwhelming the palate. Cin Cin!"

Hugh Preece is an Operating Partner at Salt Creek Grille and a restaurant leader with over 30 years of restaurant management, community leadership and philanthropic experience. He has a passion for wine, food and entertaining, and is a Vinitaly International Academy Italian Wine Ambassador, Certified Sommelier & Wine Judge.