Wednesday, April 06, 2011

2011 Downtown Madness Champion Crowned

The Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) of Elgin closes out Downtown Madness, its successful month-long restaurant and bar social media promotion, by crowning its first ever Downtown Madness Champion: Elgin Public House's Pulled Pork.

After a whirlwind 5 weeks of voting excitement that saw 16 sweet dishes and drinks from downtown Elgin establishments square off in a March Madness-style bracket tournament and pared down to the eventual top two by the voting public, Elgin Public House's Pulled Pork defeated Bangkok House & Shanghai Restaurant's Pa-Naeng by 182 votes in a back-and-forth Final Round of voting from March 30-April 5.

To celebrate, the DNA invites the public to join us at Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago Street, on Thursday, April 7 from 5-7PM for our first ever Downtown Madness Happy Hour and Championship Celebration.

Elgin Public House will be offering their Madness MVP, the Pulled Pork Plus PLUS (Pulled Pork sandwich with cheddar cheese, jalapenos, bacon & cole slaw) as a special-of-the-day, as well as, Irish themed drinks such as St. Peter's English Ale, Cream Stout & IPA for $7, Killians, Smithwicks and Harp for $4, Guinness draft for $5 and Jameson & Tullamore Dew w/mixers for $5.

The evening will culminate with the presentation of the 2011 Downtown Madness Trophy, courtesy of Andersen's Trophies, 27 N. Grove Avenue in downtown Elgin.

The DNA also congratulates Alice Moring of Elgin, who went a perfect 15-for-15 in her predictions in the Downtown Madness Pick 'Em Challenge. For her efforts, she will receive $100 in Downtown Elgin Gift Certificates for picking the most correct "winners" based on the week-to-week voting throughout Downtown Madness.

The DNA would like to thank all of the great downtown establishments who participated:

Al’s Café & Creamery, 43 DuPage Court, 847-742-1180
Bangkok House & Shanghai Restaurant, 11 Douglas Avenue, 847-695-2644
Buckingham’s Steakhouse at Grand Victoria Casino, 250 S. Grove Avenue, 847-468-7000
Domani Café, 107 E. Highland Avenue, 847-695-8851
Douglas Street Sports Pub, 231 Douglas Avenue, 847-695-5659
Gasthaus Zur Linde, 15 N. Grove Avenue, 847-695-8828
La Puesta Del Sol, 165 E. Highland Avenue, 847-468-1416
La Quebrada, 50 N. Spring Street, 847-622-7970
Martini Room, 161 E. Chicago Street, 847-741-0349
PRIME BurgerHouse at Grand Victoria Casino, 250 S. Grove Avenue, 847-531-PRIME
Ravenheart Coffee, 176 E. Chicago Street, 847-841-8451
Red Bar Winery, 74 S. Grove Avenue, 847-695-1659
Spanky’s Gyros, 51 Clock Tower Plaza, 847-841-8451
Toom Toom Thai Restaurant, 23 S. Grove Avenue, 847-531-8755 Villa Verone Ristorante Italiano, 13 Douglas Avenue, 847-742-0263

Thanks to Jeff Myers and Jeff Turner from the Chef Jeff & Jeff Show on WRMN-AM 1410 and special thanks to Brian Fletcher, Brian Ilc and Daily Herald Media Group for the wonderful promotional consideration throughout the tournament.

Most of all, thanks to everyone of you who participated in Downtown Madness!

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