The infamous Bubba Burger enjoyed regularly by lucky local residents and tourists to the Eureka area will make its way to Washington D.C. for the holidays. Chef James and Andi Monroe, owners of The Front Porch Grill House restaurant, will travel to Washington D.C. to represent the state of Montana as part of the celebrations surrounding the lighting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. The 2017 people’s tree is provided by the Kootenai National Forest in Montana.
The Eureka Bubba Burger is a hand-pressed patty topped with spicy Cajun sausage, jumbo shrimp, chipotle sauce and cheddar cheese, and became
widely known when it was voted the best burger in the “Ultimate Hometown Grill Off” sponsored by the television show “Live! with Regis and Kelly.”
It will be served to attendees of the Congressional Reception hosted by U.S. Senator John Tester, which follows the tree lighting on the West Lawn
of the U.S. Capitol. The Montana Huckleberry Burger also will make its debut during the reception, which features huckleberry ice cream, cheddar cheese,
jalapenos, jam and bacon.
“In addition to representing the forest, the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree represents the people, culture and communities of the state that it comes from”, Sandi Mason, Kootenai National Forest. “We are grateful to the Monroe’s for sharing their time and talent to bring a hometown Montana story to life in Washington D.C.”
The Monroe’s repertoire goes beyond burgers. Chef Monroe graduated from Johnson & Wales University, worked abroad and earned chef de partie at Trianon palace (Versailles, France), appeared on Live! with Regis and Kelly in New York city twice; and has recipes published in multiple outlets. Chef Monroe also is descendant card-carrier Blackfoot Indian whose great- grandparents have two mountains named after them in Glacier National Park.
Locally, the primary goal of the Front Porch Grill House is to offer livable wages to employees in a remote community. In addition to providing economic opportunities, the Monroe’s are actively involved in giving back to the community. Residents often go home with a signature chocolate cake or carrot cake donated to numerous benefit auctions or are invited to the restaurant for free community events during holidays such as Halloween or Christmas.
Andi Monroe also serves as the Vice President of the Eureka Area Chamber of Commerce.
“It is a privilege to be a part of this great American tradition and to bring attention to the hidden gem of Eureka that we know and love”, said Andi Monroe.