On Monday, October 13, Shake Shack’s flagship location will celebrate Columbus Day in the form of a burger collaboration with legendary Italian chef Massimo Bottura, “the Jimi Hendrix of Italian chefs,” according to Mario Batali.
Bottura is the three Michelin-starred chef behind Osteria Francescana, which is currently ranked third among The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Bottura’s and Shake Shack’s limited edition —only 1,000 will be served — is named The Emilia ($8.85) after the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, and features a custom-blend Pat LaFrieda beef patty ground with parmigiano reggiano, topped with cotechino sausage, salsa verde and Villa Manodori balsamic mayonnaise made with chef Bottura’s Villa Manodori Artigianale balsamic vinegar from Trebbiano grapes grown in Italy.
On October 13, chef Bottura will personally be in Madison Square Park to serve burgers and sign copies of his first English language cookbook, Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef, which was just released on October 6.
“I love the energy and emotion of New York City,” said chef Bottura. “I’m excited to be bringing the flavors of my beloved Emilia-Romagna—cotechino sausage, parmigiano, and balsamic vinegar—to Madison Square Park so that they can be enjoyed in an iconic American way. It is a memory I will dine off for years to come.”
October 13 also marks the last day the Madison Square Park Shack will be open before shuttering temporarily for renovations "after an epic first decade," so make your last visit count. The Shack is slated to re-open in mid-2015.
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Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.