CHEESEBURGER WEEK RETURNS

City celebrates teen creator of one of America’s favorite culinary delights from Jan. 6 to Jan. 11

In what has become a yearly tribute to Lionel Stenberger, the teenage creator of the iconic cheeseburger in 1924, more restaurants than ever are joining in the community celebration of Cheeseburger Week, from Sunday, Jan. 6, to Friday, Jan. 11.

“Sternberger’s achievement is the first verified instance of someone serving a hamburger with cheese,” says the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, presenters of the event, in a prepared statement.  The Pasadena Restaurant Week and California Restaurant Month event is sponsored by the city of Pasadena and Wells Fargo Bank.

“Over the years, Sternberger perfected his Aristocratic Burger, much to the delight of customers at The Rite Spot (a roadside stand owned by Sternberger’s father),” according to the chamber statement. “Sternberger’s culinary achievement has been documented by Hamburger America, the Los Angeles Times and even Time magazine in its obituary of Sternberger.”

During Cheeseburger Week, 40 restaurants, lounges and burger joints will be offering their “signature burgers, some special creations and great deals,” according to the press release.

Some of the special offerings include El Portal Restaurant and Yahaira’s Café’s Zacatecas Burger, the K-POP from Dog Haus and Dog Haus Biergarten, sliders at Vertical Wine Bistro, and the traditional and nationally recognized cheeseburger at Pie ‘n Burger. New participants include 1919 Café at The Huntington, Trejo’s Cantina, Foothill and the New School of Cooking.

Those wanting a variety of experiences can organize a cheeseburger crawl or follow one of the pre-planned themed crawls. Information on venues, specials and cheeseburger crawls can be found at pasadenarestaurantweek.com.

RIDING AWAY

Massive medieval exhibition leaves Santa Ana’s Bowers Museum Jan. 13

   Only 10 days remain to see the West Coast premiere of the “Knights in Armor” exhibit at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, which closes Jan. 13.

   Featuring more than 100 European arms and armor, including two horses in full guard and an array of weapons and swords forged over the course of centuries, the exhibit is on loan from the world-renowned Stibbert Museum in Florence, Italy.

   The exhibit has provided museum guests of all ages with the opportunity to learn about the complex system of knighthood as well as the customs, arms and armor of tournaments and jousting since its launch last September. Interactive activities such as a sword-in-the-stone photo station and a brain-teasing “Knight’s Quest” scavenger hunt, culminating with more hands-on experiences at the Bowers’ Kidseum, will remain open until the exhibit closes.

   Closing day will feature special programming by Chivalry Today, including real knights in armor demonstrating their weaponry at 11:30 am and a lecture on chivalry by renowned expert Scott Farrell at 1:30 pm. Tickets to this lecture and the live demonstration are free with museum admission.

   The Stibbert Museum was founded by Frederick Stibbert, an Anglo-Italian collector born in Florence in 1838. An inheritance from his grandfather, who was commander-in-chief of the British East India Company’s private army, allowed him to pursue his passion for art, armor, weaponry, the restoration of artifacts, and the organization of medieval and Renaissance re-enactments.

   “Knights in Armor” runs through Jan. 13 at the Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana. Hours are 10 am to 4 pm Tues. through Sun. Admission is $9 to $12. Call (714) 567-3600 or visit bowers.org.

NEW LEADERSHIP

Buys takes over as head coach of La Salle

    Pasadena’s La Salle College Preparatory has found a new full-time head football coach in former Azusa Pacific University Assistant Coach Ben Buys, school officials announced last week.

“During our search for a new head football coach, our vision was to find a man who emulated the core values of La Salle, without sacrificing a competitive edge,” Marc Hernandez, La Salle’s director of athletics, said in a prepared statement.

“I am proud to announce we have found our coach and leader in Ben Buys,” Hernandez said. “His vision and expertise will shape our football program and community for years to come.”

La Salle Principal Courtney Kassakhian was also pleased with the pick.

“We are delighted to have Coach Buys join the Lancer Family.” Kassakhian said in the same statement issued by the school.

Going 0-10 record last season, there appears to be nowhere else but up (and the weight room) to go for the Lancer squad. Buys takes over for Interim Head Coach Andrew Pankow, who replaced former Head Coach Russell Gordon. Gordon quit at the end of the 2017 season to take an assistant coaching position with Antelope Valley College. Gordon posted a 36-28 record after seven years of leading the team, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

“My family and I are extremely excited about stepping into the La Salle community to lead the football program,” said Buys.