Pig Skin results Just in!1st Place ...Tim Janus
2nd Place Russ keller
3rd Place Crazy legs Conti
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Dave "U.S. Male" Goldstein (4 pounds of Sloppy Joes in four minutes, plus a can of dog food) * Don Lerman pick for 1st Place
"Dr. Digestion" ("12 days of gluttony," including 12 doughnuts, in 16 minutes)
"El Zorro" (plate of quesadillas in 3:30)
"The Unknown Eater" (4 hoagies in 12 minutes)
Wally Yousef (4 pounds of burrito in 15 minutes)
"The Bulldog" (50 meatballs in 60 seconds)
"Dr. Bigtime" (12 Krispy Kremes in 90 seconds)
"Humble Bob" (53 eggs in 15 minutes) * Don Lerman's pick for 2nd Place
"Dave the Dumpster" (610 mini marshmallows in 3:59)
"The Natural" (5 lbs. of peanut butter)
Jerry Bufone (3 Subway chicken teriyaki hoagies in 8 minutes)
"Steak Bellie" (entire McDonald's Dollar Menu in 5:30) * Don Lerman's pick for 3rd place
"Wing Kong" (5 lbs. of Spaghetti-O's in under 90 seconds)
"Dan the Cop" (20 oz. of maple syrup in 10 seconds)
"Boring John" (2 lbs. of pierogies in 3 minutes)
Gabe O'Brien (3-1/2 lbs. of shrimp cocktail in 4:30)
Eric "The Unfit Fitter" Wheeler (5 lbs. of Scrapple in 3 minutes)
"Gentleman" Jerry Caughlin
"Obi Wing" (3 melons)
Field For the wingbowl ( Source Philly .Com)
Ed Krachie Criticizes Don Lerman As Mediocre Eater
On Bits and Pieces it was reported that Ed Krachie says that Don Lerman is a mediocre eater just in it for the publicity. I remember Krachie was given a bye at bens matzah ball contest in 2000 , he took all the pre contest publicity than on contest day was a no show. My last Nathans hot dog contest win I ate 22 hot dogs , my record speaks for itself all of my wins and accomplishments is greater than his in his competitive eating carer ,this is even a all time low for him , I never knocked an Eaters ability to this day. I still can beat krachie today if i wanted ...end
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In Memory Of Allan Schwartz
*Pictured Don Lerman. Bens owner Ronnie Dragoon and Allan Schwartz 2002
I first met Allan Schwartz back in 1998. He was a volunter at N.C.M.C at the coffee shop. He urged me to enter the Bens Matzah ball contest back in 1998 , I wasn't interested , again the next year in 1999 he once again asked me to enter , I declined .In 2000 after hearing that the 1999 winner only ate 10 matzah balls to win, he asked me once again and this time my nephew also got into the act and asked me to go , as I always braged that I wa s a great eater , he said ( my nephew ) lets see what you can do. Allen Schwartz was a volunter for the Interfaith nutrishion network . I worked along side him at the Mary Brenan kitchen as a volunter myself , after the end of the Bens matsah ball contest , we grew apart and didnt see or hear from him . I recently ran into another of the soup kitchen voluners and inquired about him and was told that he had passed away a few years ago , how sad . you would think that bens would have mentioned it on their web site or something ,after all he helped raise money for their charity at all their contests, If it weren't for him I wouldn't be involed in competive eating , I 'm grateful to him for that& this story is dedicated to him ...end
Matzah Factory For sale
Streit's, a family-owned matzo-making giant that churns out 16,000 pounds of unleavened bread a day and has been on the Lower East side for nearly three-quarters of a century, is putting the property up for sale.
It hopes to get $25 million for the antiquated six-story building in a part of New York where tenements and sweatshops have given way to fine hotels and condos, expensive restaurants and trendy nightclubs.
"We're doing this with a heavy heart," said Aaron Gross, the great-great-grandson of founder Aron Streit, an Austrian immigrant. "We're America's last family-owned matzo factory."
The red-brick factory will keep producing matzo until the family builds a new one in about a year, probably in New Jersey.
The 32-year-old matzo heir said it is just too difficult to keep manufacturing in the city. The streets are too congested for the company's tractor-trailers, and he gets regular complaints about the loud machines that mix, roll and cut the dough before it is baked in two 72-foot-long steel ovens.
At the turn of the 20th century, the Lower East Side was the very capital of immigrant Jewish life in America, a vibrant neighborhood teeming with Yiddish-speaking shopkeepers, factory workers and pushcart peddlers.
Half a million Jews, many of them fleeing persecution in Eastern Europe, were crammed like herring into the lower Manhattan neighborhood. Among those who once called it home were actors George Burns and Walter Matthau; gangsters Meyer Lansky and Bugsy Siegel; and musicians Irving Berlin and George and Ira Gershwin.
The Jewish population dwindled after World War II as the immigrants' children and grandchildren moved up and out to better neighborhoods, replaced by Chinese and Hispanic immigrants whose influence is evident in the bodegas and noodle shops that dot the neighborhood.
Today, there are around 30,000 Jews living in the area and only scattered reminders of a bygone era, including Katz's Delicatessen, the oldest deli in New York, and the Yonah Schimmel bakery, whose slogan is: "It takes a downtown knish to satisfy an uptown craving."
While many blocks of the Lower East Side are seedy, gentrification has swept the neighborhood since the 1980s. The elegant Beaux Arts structure built in 1912 for the Yiddish-language newspaper The Jewish Daily Forward — which boasted a circulation of 275,000 in the 1920s — has been converted into million-dollar condos. (The Forward says circulation for its Yiddish edition, now a weekly, is down to just 5,000, the English-language edition to 35,000.)
Earlier this month, the 120-year-old Moorish-style Eldridge Street Synagogue was rededicated after a 20-year restoration. But in a sign of the times, the building will serve a dual purpose as an American Jewish history museum and a functioning synagogue.
"After the 1980s, you got this continual increase of property values and rents and it just never stopped or went down again," said Clayton Patterson, a local preservationist. "I think it's tragic. What we're getting now is kind of boring and mundane."
Alan Dell, co-owner of Katz's, said he has no plans to unload the nearly 120-year-old deli famously featured in the fake orgasm scene in the movie "When Harry Met Sally." But he acknowledged an outrageous offer — "stupid money" — could change his mind. "As my father said, `Money can make a blind man see.'"
As for Streit's, "we haven't found a place yet, but we want to stay close to our base in New York City," said Gross, adding that Streit's already has warehouses in New Jersey from which the matzo is shipped.
The factory doesn't appear to have changed all that much since a photograph from a half century ago that shows a group of rabbis in white coats supervising production to make sure it's kosher. Many of the 60 employees have been working there for decades.
Streit's has tens of millions of dollars in annual sales and about 40 percent of the U.S. matzo market. Its chief competitor is Manischewitz.
Customers can still walk up and buy matzo from the Streit's factory, but the retail business has slowed since the 1960s.
"With the rejuvenation of the neighborhood, a different type of person is living there. It's not an ethnic Jewish neighborhood anymore," Gross said, "and the need to be here isn't what it was."
Associated Press reporter Adam Goldman contributed to this story.