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Calling all sweet tooths: It’s hard to believe, but it’s already been a year since Powell’s Sweet Shoppe became the first tenant of Theatre Square downtown. And what better way to celebrate than a candy-filled day of contests, giveaways and general merriment? On Saturday, March 1, Powell’s owners Will and Monika Bomar will throw a big bash at his “shoppe” featuring a cotton candy-eating contest, free Wonka Bars and a chance to meet “Mike Tee-Vee,” one of the stars of the original “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (played by Paris Themmen in the 1971 film). He’ll be giving out autographed photos as well as a lunch date, which will be one of the raffle prizes. Attendees can also enter for a chance to win free candy or gelato for a year, or a VIP tour of the Jelly Belly plant. The fun begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, with the cotton candy-eating contest set for 1:30 p.m. Need info? Call the shop at 765-YUMM.california

An Exciting New Festival is Coming to the Greater Cleveland Area That is All About Chocolate
For all the festivals and events that the Greater Cleveland area has hosted there hasn't been any specializing in chocolate for nearly thirty years. Well finally that dry spell is over - the Northeastern Ohio Chocolate Festival is coming to town.
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PRWEB) February 28, 2008 -- For all the festivals and events that the Greater Cleveland area has hosted there hasn't been any specializing in chocolate for nearly thirty years. Well, finally that dry spell is over, the Northeastern Ohio Chocolate Festival is coming to town.
The Northeastern Ohio Chocolate Festival activities take place over three days in the month of May. It starts Thursday May 8, 2008 and continues Saturday and Sunday May 10 and 11, 2008. The Northeastern Ohio Chocolate Festival is held at the Cleveland Heights Community Center Pavilion, 1 Monticello Blvd., Cleveland Heights, OH. The festival includes vendors specializing in chocolate; chocolate-making clinics; Fudge Brownie eating contests; demonstrations; chocolate trivia contests; chocolate competitions; special activities for moms and all the ladies attending the festival; a kid's and family area with games and other activities; a special raffle to benefit the Northeastern Ohio Chocolate Festival Grant Fund; visits from Willie Wonka, Jungle Terry and other local celebrities. There will be a variety of contests, prizes and so much more.
Among the highlights of this three-day event include the film premier of the independent film "Death, Taxes….and Chocolate" presented by: A Levinson Film and Sheffield Entertainment Television. The film is a black comedy about a group of friends coming to terms with aging and life as they go on a soul-searching journey on board a yacht that is reported missing. The film premier takes place Thursday May 8, 2008 at the Cedar Lee Theater on Lee Road with two showings, and a wine and chocolate reception to follow. Attendees to the premier will receive tickets to the chocolate festival. Dr. Andrea Levinson, the film's Executive Producer is a former resident of Cleveland. She will be participating at the chocolate festival to promote the movie. She will be joined by cast members from the film.
The first ever National Fudge Brownie Eating Championship will take stage in Cleveland, OH during the Northeastern Ohio Chocolate Festival. This is sanctioned by The Association of Independent Competitive Eaters (AICE) and is the first ever National Brownie Eating Championship. The Association of Independent Competitive Eaters which has sanctioned contests across the United States and as far away as Japan will be bringing a group of elite "Food Warriors" with big chocolate appetites to the two day festival.
AICE Chairman, Arnie "Chowhound" Chapman states, "Cleveland is not a bashful city and they will not be bashful on Mother's Day weekend when they celebrate the delicious return of all things chocolate. Also, adds Chapman, there won't be a better example of the legendary "Cleveland confidence" than the National Fudge Brownie Eating Championship."
The contest is also open to first timers and amateurs who can qualify for a spot at the National Title on Saturday and earn the right to compete against the Professionals on Sunday. Some of the top Eaters that are expected to compete are Cleveland's number one competitive Eater "Tiny Tim" Rauscheder who has also distinguished himself on the national competitive eating stage and is ranked 17th in the Nation by AICE. In addition, Columbus OH native Mark Lyle "The Human Vacuum, the Nations 6th ranked Food Warrior, and PA Burrito Eating Champ James "The Food Prowler" Fowler and Pittsburgh Wing Bowl and Sausage Eating Champ Pete "Broken Wing" Maurizio will all compete for the honor of being the National Fudge Brownie Eating Champion. Also, Competitive Eating personality and Eating Legend and Cuyahoga Falls native Dave "Coondog" O'Karma will be Master of Ceremonies.
Bev Shaffer, chef, instructor and author of "Brownies to Die For" will be at the chocolate festival on Sunday May 11, 2008, to conduct a special cooking demonstration, and will sign her popular cookbooks after her demonstration. She is also a celebrity judge for the chocolate competitions.
There are special Mother's Day promotions and activities for all attendees coming to the festival on May 11, 2008 including low-cost massages and free makeovers.
Tickets to the Northeastern Ohio Chocolate Festival and the film premier of "Death, Taxes…and Chocolate" are on sale now. Pre-show tickets for the chocolate festival are $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for children 12 and under. Tickets at the door are $12.00 for adults and $10.00 for children. Discount coupons for the chocolate festival will be available throughout the Northeastern Ohio area. Tickets for the film premier are $25.00 per person. The tickets include attendance to the movie, invitation to the reception after the film and a free ticket to the chocolate festival. Tickets for all activities can be purchased on the Northeastern Ohio Chocolate Festival website.
For more information on the Northeastern Ohio Chocolate Festival, the National Fudge Brownie Eating Championship, "Death, Taxes…and Chocolate" Film Premier and to obtain tickets, find out about sponsorship, exhibiting and volunteer opportunities please visit the chocolate festival website at
www.neochocolatefestival.com; or contact Adrienne Roth, Director of the Northeastern Ohio Chocolate Festival at (216) 321-5253.
Contact: Adrienne Roth, DirectorNortheastern Ohio Chocolate FestivalE-mail: ahroth1 @ yahoo.com
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Feb. 27, 2008, 5:28PMPutting some teeth into eating contest

Sundays "World Championship Matzoh Ball Eating Contest" just went from being a fun, little event where No. 1-ranked eater Joey Chestnut noshes his way to the $1,000 first prize while having his nails done to a flat-out, no stone left unturned, no matzo crumb left ungobbled battle for pride, honor and world domination.
Pat Bertoletti, the world's No. 2 eater, has entered the contest.
Chestnut and Bertoletti are arch rivals. It doesn't matter what they're eating — it could be pizza or chicken wings or hot dogs or boiled eggs — they've got that lean, hungry look.
OK, maybe not the lean part.
Chestnut does the "Joey Shake" when he competes. That vein in the middle of his forehead starts bulging. He shimmies and shakes the food to the pit of his belly. Sweat pours out of him like a garden sprinkler. He rumbles worse than a bad roller coaster in a parking-lot amusement park.
Bertoletti, who sports a skyscraper Mohawk haircut and zones out with an iPod during contests, is a Messy Marvin, dunking his food in a big pitcher of mysterious strawberry punch. When he's done, he is drenched with red splotches. He looks like an explosion in the Big Red soda factory.
Last year, Chestnut ate 66 hot dogs in the Nathan's Famous contest in Coney Island, toppling world champ Takeru Kobiyashi on national television. It is considered the greatest moment in American competitive eating. Last year, Chestnut downed 56 kolaches at Minute Maid Park after an Astros game.
Bertoletti was less than one kolache behind Chestnut that fateful night in Houston. The announcement of the winner was delayed several minutes while they counted, recounted and recounted again. It remains the closest finish ever recorded in competitive eating.
In the past year, Chestnut and Bertoletti have met 12 times in eating contests.
They've gone 6-6.
Kobiyashi is so yesterday. It's all about Chestnut and Bertoletti now.
The World Championship Matzoh Ball Eating Contest will be at 2 p.m. at Kenny & Ziggy's New York Deli, 2327 Post Oak. It's in the same shopping center as the Sports Authority.
There will be 12 other contestants, including Chip Sampson, Juris Shibayama and local favorite Dave "SykoBozo" Cagle.
All the money raised from the event, dubbed Matzoh Balls for Marvin, goes to the Marvin H. Zindler Sr. Fund for Pancreatic Cancer Research at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
• Today's trivia: What is the biggest money-making event ever held on pay-per-view television? Clue: It was broadcast last May, and there's a Houston connection now.
• Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band played last April 21 at Minute Maid Park. They drew 40,000 fans. The show was a spectacular success. Fans loved it. Astros management loved it. Buffett loved it. Even the Astros ground crew loved it. Not one blade of grass was damaged.
I'm noticing that the Astros are making like Willie Nelson, on the road again from April 23 to the end of the month. Buffett will be in Texas anyway, since he's playing Dallas on April 26.
Do I have to drop a bigger hint?
• The WWE Wrestlemania Fan Axxess Tour will be at Kemah Boardwalk this weekend. Fans can meet WWE superstars, play wrestling video games, get temporary tattoos and compete in a wrestling trivia contest. You can even create your own ring entrance and get a DVD that will be played at your birthday party in 20 years to screams of laughter.
Wrestler Mark "The World's Strongest Man" Henry and Smackdown lady boss Vickie Guerrero will sign autographs 4-6 p.m. Saturday. Val Venis and Lance Cade will scribble their names from 4-6 p.m. Sunday.
Everything is free at Fan Axxess.
• Friday is Go Texan Day.I am not originally from Texas, but it was on Go Texan Day about a dozen years ago that I truly became a Texan.
The Chronicle held a "Biggest Belt Buckle" contest for employees. I was determined to win it. Naturally, I don't own a buckaroo belt.
So I drove up to Humble, knocked on the door of Texas All-Star Wrestling boss Bob "Humongous" Murphy and said, "I need the TASW championship belt."
Have you ever seen the belts that wrestlers wear? They're humongous.
The contest was in the Chronicle lobby. Reporters, photographers, editors and assorted working stiffs walked past the judges with their belts and tight Wrangler jeans.
Nice try, you cowpokes and cowgirls. The Village People lookalike contest is down the street.
I waited in the back till the end of the contest.
"Anybody else?"
Yeah, me.
I strapped on the wrestling belt and walked up to the judges.
I still have the trophy in my dining room.
• The first public event in Discovery Green, the new downtown park in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center, will be Saturday.
"One for Doc" will honor Dr. Robert Morgan, director of jazz studies emeritus at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. The concert starts at 6 p.m. and will feature many of Morgan's former students, including emcee Scott Gertner and Grammy winners La Mafia and Al Jarreau.
Channel 2 songbird Dominique Sachse will host the event. Admission is free.
• Trivia answer: The boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Oscar de la Hoya had 2.4 million buys, making it the biggest, richest event ever on pay-per-view. De la Hoya recently bought a big chunk of the Houston Dynamo soccer club.
Listen to the Ken Hoffman Show on AM radio station 1560 "The Game" from noon to 2 p.m. weekdays.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

This is Don Lerman speaking I will be getting my stomach x-rayed as there may be blockage causing my rapid weight gain, make no mistake I will lose the lbs and will live to enter the competitive eating table one more time , this I assure you . To answer all my fan mail I hired a staff of 25 people eager to assist me in repling back to my fan base . I will be unveiling a new Don lerman line of shirts so stand bye .Thank you for your support ..Don Lerman

VFW block party will honor Vietnam vetsCouncil clears path for Saturday event by approving street closures ...To Host eating contest!

The Coolidge Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3713 was awarded approval for street closures for the inaugural Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day Block Party, to be held on Saturday, March 1.
The City Council voted to approve the closure of Coolidge Avenue, from Main Street to just short of Fourth Street. A street closure also will be in effect for Third Street from Harding Avenue to Lincoln Avenue. The closure will be from 6 a.m. to midnight on that Saturday.

The VFW is hosting the event to show appreciation for the veterans who served in the Vietnam War. During the day-long event, the VFW hopes to offer a pancake breakfast and a recognition ceremony for prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action. The business owners along Coolidge Avenue reportedly have offered their support for this event.
The schedule of events kicks off with the breakfast at 7 a.m., a "Vietnam Era" karaoke contest at 9, the POW/MIA ceremony at noon, and the rest of the day free to enjoy the vendors and featured entertainment.
Some of the activities scheduled to be featured include a police officer pie-throw, a jail buy-in-bond, a chili cook-off, face painting, tricycle races, eating contests, and a tug of war. More events will be scheduled as the day of the block party approaches.
The goal of the block party is to "show appreciation to all of the Vietnam veterans that have served to protect our country," according to the VFW. "We would like to show our gratitude and appreciation to those who have served defending our country."
All of the money raised during the block party will benefit needy veterans in the Coolidge area, as well as those families in need.
In order to comply with city policies, the VFW will be responsible for providing a certificate of insurance; security in the form of off-duty police officers; lighted and/or reflective barricades; an adequate number of trash receptacles; and portable toilets for public use.
The approval for the street closures, as well as approval for a special events liquor license, was unanimously approved by the council.
Council member Judy Rotz-Lopez said, "(An event like) this is a long time coming. It is time to honor those vets."
©Casa Grande Valley Newspapers Inc. 2008

Cincinnati.Com » Community Press & Recorder » Ice cream idea wins $1,000 in cold cashLast Updated: 12:33 pm Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Ice cream idea wins $1,000 in cold cash
FORT THOMAS - Most kids love ice cream, but that love doesn't usually lead them to win $1,000.
Johnson Elementary School's Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) students won first place in the Meijer Brand School Video Contest by creating a video about a Meijer brand product and why it is as good, if not better, than other brand name products.
The competition involved students from five states and included more than 350 entries, said Dennis Daniel, Johnson's STLP coordinator.
"When we found out we won we were in complete surprise and shock," Daniel said.
The students chose to do their commercial about the different types of Meijer brand ice cream, and spent about eight hours shooting it using green screens, voice-overs and editing skills.
"I have 15 really dynamic students who never run out of ideas," Daniel said. "They are really good at being critical of what they do, I think that is why they are so successful."
Roy Smith Jr., the store director at Meijer's Florence location, said Meijer hosts these kinds of contests as a way to inspire creativity and give back to the community.
"These guys really did a neat job putting this together," Smith said.
The contest meant a lot of work for the students, but they weren't complaining.
"We had a great time making this commercial," said fifth-grader Joseph Martin. "I think I speak for everyone in STLP when I say my favorite part was eating the Meijer ice cream."
The first-place award followed a win earlier in the school year when the STLP students won a regional showcase at Northern Kentucky University for their educational video about Appalachian culture.
Winning the showcase qualified them for the state competition in May.
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By Stephen DawkinsTuesday, February 26, 2008 10:05 PM CST
There was a time when, and please hear me out before you show up at our building with torches and pitchforks, most people wouldn’t have considered stock car racing a sport.Some of that attitude could have been attributed to ignorance about the skill it takes to drive something at breakneck speeds in a situation where every second is important. Some of that attitude could have been attributed to the fundamental differences between NASCAR and, for example, baseball or football.Those traditional sports take combinations of speed, strength, agility and hand-eye coordination. Racing just doesn’t require as many skills, per se. Slowly, however, those perceptions have been forgotten. People realized how difficult it is to drive a racecar and how good at it one had to be to take a checkered flag. Then, the media realized just how many people had realized these things.The acceptance of stock car racing was far from an isolated case. A channel surfer that stops at ESPN during various parts of the day and week might see paintball or even poker. The choice to include these activities on a channel that calls itself “The Worldwide Leader in Sports” is questionable, but, then again, I’ve thought that before.But a recent story changed my mind about one aspect of the channel’s laughable fodder: competitive eating. One factor in being classified as a sport, for me, is the inherent risk involved. I can’t play professional football because Ray Lewis would paralyze me with one hit - and he would probably dance afterward. I can’t drive a racecar because it would end in a fiery mess.
Sure, Japanese hot dog-eating sensation Kobayashi might keel over one day because he took in too much sodium nitrite, but that doesn’t count. But, apparently, competitive eating - at least of the cupcake variety - entails some more serious dangers.
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BBC News reported Adam Deeley, 34, choked to death last week during a cupcake-eating contest at a pub in Wales. The South Wales Evening Post reported Deeley was thought to have had about five of the cakes lodged in his throat.Unbelievable. Pretty soon, cupcake eating will have its own channel on DirecTV. I’ll give in to that and NASCAR, but you’ll never convince me that any game that involves playing cards is a sport.Note: Stephen Dawkins is the sports editor for The Clanton Advertiser. His column appears on Sundays and Wednesdays.
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'All-night party' Relay for Life raises funds for cancer
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Relay for Life might sometimes be mistaken for a foot race, but the UA event, Razorback Relay, will be more like a big party, members of Colleges Against Cancer agreed."I think a lot of people think that [it's a race]," said Erin Scarbrough, luminaria chairperson for the event. "There's no racing involved, except racing to win the , the April 4 twinkie-eating contest and the hot-wing eating contest."Razorback Relay is still being planned, but, in addition to contestsvent will involve games, karaoke, square-dancing, music and Monster pong - sponsored by Monster energy drinks, said Steve Sparks, founder and president of Colleges Against Cancer, which is working directly through the American Cancer Society to host the event.The "all-night party" also will include a night-long softball or ultimate Frisbee tournament and "tons of food and free stuff," said Will Fraser, secretary and treasurer of Colleges Against Cancer.MTVU will be coming to the UA campus to host a Relay for Life episode for its show "The Dean's List," Sparks said, and will be shooting live from the event and around campus."It is just going to be a fun time," he said. "Bring a tent and camp out with your friends. It will be the most fun you can have while you're making a difference in your community."Relay for Life, key to fundraising for the American Cancer Society, "is a unique event that … remembers those who have lost the fight [against cancer] and honors those who have survived," Sparks said.Students or Fayetteville residents can purchase luminarias - white bags with a candle in each - "in honor of" or "in memory of" someone who has battled or is battling cancer, Scarbrough said.Each luminaria is $10 and will be displayed at the relay during the luminaria ceremony - also known as the Ceremony of Hope.One of the main purposes of the event, however, is fundraising for cancer research, and students who join an 8-15 person team can help with the effort.

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Monday, February 25, 2008



Dozens of customers -- some with a cell phone in each hand ready to take a picture -- jockeyed for position just outside the entrance to the kitchen.
They wanted to get the first glimpse at a 134-pound hamburger that could break the Guinness world record for the largest commercially available hamburger.
"Whoa, that's a big burger," said Marvetta Howard, 51, of Detroit, who had a seat near the kitchen. "I'm impressed. You don't often see a Guinness record broken, so I'll be buying a copy of the book when it comes out."
The previous record was 123 pounds.
When the final weight was announced, chef Arthur Laramie wiped his brow and cracked a small smile.
"I've been cooking all night long," Laramie said as the monster hamburger made its way to the front of the restaurant on a silver cart. "I just hope they don't drop it."
An overflow crowd was entertained throughout an afternoon of waiting with a raffle, giveaways and plenty of sports on the flat-screen televisions in both dining rooms. The windows of the doors leading to the kitchen were covered to protect against wannabe paparazzi.
Ed McDonald, 51, was at Mallie's for the first time Saturday and was impressed with the wings.
"I'm having a lot of fun with this talk of the record," said McDonald of Detroit. "And the food is good."
Romeo Mallie, who helps manage the restaurant for his son, owner Stephen Mallie, said great food has always been a priority.
"He always wanted to be in the restaurant business," Romeo Mallie said. "This is a new experience with us and we're having a ball."
Mallie's already serves 6- and 12-pound hamburgers. After the 134-pounder was officially weighed, it was sold to customers who were awaiting the charbroiled-treat.
Howard, who goes to Mallie's every Sunday with a group of friends, arrived about 1 p.m. Saturday to snag a good seat. She said just like any other food fan, she wanted to see a hamburger that would become a record holder.
"We as a culture have a fascination with oversized stuff," she said. "If you make it big, we'll buy it."
That's good news for Mallie's. It plans to add the burger to the menu for $350. The price includes fries and
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(Pizza Contest)First-ever Italian festival for people of Hazleton slated for May
Monday, 25 February 2008
Staff Writer
A first-ever Italian festival for people of the Hazleton area will be held May 24 at Hazle Township Community Park. The Unico Club – originally formed for the purpose of uniting all Italian-Americans and to motivate them to become more civic minded – is spearheading the event.
Donald Galade of the Hazleton Unico Club said the club wanted to find a way to remember the Italian heritage of the area.
“We want to preserve the genuine Italian heritage our area has,” Galade said. “So we decided to have an event with authentic food you can’t get just anywhere, and other events that are from the Italian heritage.”
So Galade said a lot of fun events are planned for the first festival.
“We will have a pizza-eating contest, and a grape-stomping event for the kids,” Galade said. “We will also have a fingers tournament and a Bocci ball tournament, as well as a stained glass or glass-blowing demonstration.”
Galade said the club did not know what to call the event, so they decided to turn that task over to the public.
“We are having a contest not only for the name, but for a logo for the event,” Galade said.
There will also be a variety of entertainment.
The headline act will be Frank DiBussolo, a jazz guitarist who holds a doctorate degree in music composition from Combs College of Music in Philadelphia. During his career, which began in 1965, DiBussolo has recorded and performed with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Diana Ross, Vicki Carr, Bobby Vinton, Dizzy Gillespie, Doc Severinsen, Bob Hope and George Burns.
Other performers will be The Lost Boys musical duo and students from the DeMelfi School of Music.
Aside from the naming and logo contests, there is another contest, Galade said.
“We want to find the oldest living Italian man and woman in the Hazleton area and make them the grand marshals of the festival,” Galade said.
Also, Italian vendors are being sought for the event. Galade also noted there are a number of sponsorship opportunities available.
For information on the vendors or any of the contests associated with the event, contact Galade at 501-1200.
The Unico Club is an Italian American service organization dedicated to engaging in charitable works, supporting education and performing patriotic deeds.
The Hazleton club is one of 13 Unico clubs in Pennsylvania, including Schuylkill Valley, Berwick, Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Carbondale and Sayre.

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Jalapeno Results Just in ....
!st Place Pat Bertoleti 266 peppers
2nd place Sonya Thomas 17opeppers
3rd Place Eric the Red Denmark 147 peppers


Laredoans at the Jalapeño Festival eating contest were certain that local competitors had an edge over the professional eaters, who entered the contest for the first time in history."I think locals have a better chance because they're used to it," said Michele Most about 20 minutes before the eaters took the stage. "‘Gringos,' I don't think they can hang

Maribel Wise stood by, ready to give her husband, Russell, a Laredoan, hand signals to keep him informed on his status. Russell had been practicing for months, Maribel said, and during a recent trial run at home, he ate 20 jalapeños in 13 seconds.
"I think he has a shot," Wise said. "He's serious about it. He wants to prove that he can do it."
Russell's brother won second place in 2007, and Russell was determined to show his brother up.
Wise's husband prepared for the contest by starting the day as he normally would, drinking a gallon of water and eating a regular lunch "to keep his stomach working normal."
The Wise brothers went into the competition with a deal: If one of them won, they would split the winnings, which were $3,000, $1,500 and $500 for first through third places.
But about 11 minutes into the 15-minute jalapeño scarfing fest, Mike Castellano, ambassador for the International Federation of Competitive Eating, made it clear the locals were not keeping pace with the professionals.
"The Latinos are dropping like flies," Castellano jokingly said.
The first eater, or "gurgitator," as Castellano referred to them, began spitting up the contents of his stomach about three minutes into the contest. Others followed, though not as quickly.
"I can tell you, after this, these guys are going to need some Vaseline, and possibly (they) wont be able to blow their nose for the next two weeks," Castellano said as he hyped the crowd, many of whom were more fascinated with who would puke next than who was winning.
It seemed the local jalapeño eaters were served a competitive disadvantage when Major League Eaters, who brought in the professional eaters, ordered all the beer off the table. Only non-alcoholic drinks were allowed, which helped the professionals more than anyone, as they were prepared with milk and with water bottles filled with flavored drinks.
The final numbers, however, proved to some in the crowd that the pros were going to take the championship regardless.
Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti, a professional eater and chef from Chicago, shattered the Jalapeño Festival contest (141 in 15 minutes, set in 1991 by Braulio Martinez), stomaching 266 La Costeña jalapeños in 15 minutes. Beer was banned from the contest table during the eating, but when Bertoletti was announced the winner, he chugged one in about a second, again showcasing his gurgitation skills.
In second place was the petite Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, who ate 170 peppers. Eric "The Red" Denmark of Seattle took third place, with 147 jalapeños.
Wise and the dozens of other locals didn't place in the competition, but their enthusiasm showed as they cheerily took the stage, some of them standing on the chairs and chanting, and even after some were disqualified when they threw up into a trash bag.
Eating was a definite draw to the Jalapeño Festival, even if it wasn't competitive.
Alex Potemkin, a Laredo librarian originally from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, waited for the eating contest with a tray of fries in his hand and said the food, shrimp, tacos, shaved ice and more, was a major draw.
"(It's) pretty cool," Potemkin said about his first experience at the festival. "They should have more things like it throughout the year."
(Ashley Richards may be reached at 728-2538 or by e-mail at ashley@lmtonline.com)
©Laredo Morning Times 2008
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Saturday, February 23, 2008

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Marlins Want Fat Men Who Can Dance
Posted: 2008-02-23 18:18:00
MIAMI (Feb. 23) - The Florida Marlins are looking for some footloose fat men. The National League team is creating an all-male, plus-size cheerleading squad to be dubbed the Manatees. Tryouts were scheduled for Sunday.

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Get Down1 of 3 Look out Marlin Mermaids. The only Major League Baseball team with cheerleaders is looking to add a second squad. The Florida Marlins are holding open auditions for the Manatees, an all-male, all-obese cheerleading squad.
The team hopes to recruit seven to 10 tubby men to dance, cheer and jiggle during Friday and Saturday home games this season.

Real manatees, 1,200-pound mammals sometimes referred to as "sea cows," are not considered the most agile of creatures and often get caught in boat propellers.

The Marlins want their Manatees to have the same dimensions, but to be decidedly more agile. Men will be judged on how well they dance a choreographed routine.

Josh Alper says:

"What a glorious time to be a Marlin fan!"
»Read the postThe Marlins already have a cheerleading squad, the considerably more svelte Mermaids.

Men selected for the Manatees won't be paid. They'll get tickets to games they perform at, and the honor of dancing in front of crowds that have been smallest in major league baseball for the last two seasons.

The Marlins aren't the only pro sports team capitalizing on Americans' expanding waistlines. The Chicago Bulls basketball team have the Matadors, a big-man dance troupe that's entertained fans at home games since 2003.

And although cheerleaders might be an unfamiliar site in baseball, big men aren't, as fans have long cheered on the likes of Babe Ruth and Kirby Puckett.

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Friday, February 22, 2008


Jalapeno Pepper Contest Saturday
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Jalapeno chilies [hah-lah-PEH-nyoh] are thick, leathery dark green or red chiles that contains quite a bit of heat. The Jalapeno is one of the most commonly grown chiles in Mexico and probably the most common chile pepper in the U.S. When the jalapeno is smoked and dried it is called a "chipotle".

The name "jalapeno" is derived from "Jalapa" the capitol of Veracruz, Mexico. The chiles average 2" to 2 1/2" in length and about 1" in diameter.

The use of this chile dates back to the Aztecs who were the first known to smoke the chiles. Jalapenos are so thick and fleshy that they can't be dried to preserve them because they'll rot before they will dry.

Uses and Product Types
The Jalapeno is very versatile and is used fresh, roasted, filled, as well as pickled. It can be diced and used in fresh salsas and pico de gallo or atop any dish where a little extra "heat" is desired. The pickled versions are used as a condiment. Jalapenos are also used in cooked dishes.

Heat Scale
The Jalapeno is considered a moderate to hot chile or a 5 on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the hottest).

How to Buy & Store
Jalapeno Peppers, Fresh
Select chiles that are firm and smooth. A wrinkled chile means it is old. As with most produce jalapenos are best used fresh but you can store them for several days, refrigerated. See the where to buy section for purchasing information.

Jalapeno Powder
A few companies offer a Jalapeno powder although it is not particularly useful. It will add heat to food but not a lot of flavor.

Jalapeno Chiles, Whole Dried (Chipotle)
As mentioned before, in the dried and smoked form, the jalapeno is called "chipotle" and is available in Mexican markets and online.

Jalapenos en Escabeche
Available in cans or jars in most Mexican and many non-ethic grocery stores. La Morena is one of the best quality products and La Costena and Herdez are quite popular as well. If you like to make your own, fresh, here is a recipe. (Jalapenos en Escabeche)

Where to Buy
have become ubiquitous and are available in most grocery stores.

Chiliplants.com - Want to grow your own Jalapeno plants? The best source on the web for plant seedlings.

Other References

Complete List Of Jalapeno Recipes - GourmetSleuthOver 30 recipes using the Jalapeno.

Chili Heat Scale - GourmetSleuth, list of chili peppers, including photographs, and their relative and Scovile heat rating.

How To Roast Chili Peppers - GourmetSleuth, simple instructions for roasting chilies or tomatillos.

Mortar and Pestle (Molcajete) - GourmetSleuth, read about the history of the Molcajete as well as other classic mortar and pestle tools.


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Will Snow Storm In N.Y. Hinder Travel To Texas For Jalapenos?
A snow storm this morning in the North East is may delay fights from local airports ( call J.F.k and La Guardia . Islip and Newerk for updates ) Its unclear whether any of the eaters from these areas will be affected , most probably they will be able to catch a later flight to Texas for the upcoming Jalapeno pepper Contest. Also it was not stated if milk products will be allowed to be used this year as banned in years past in contests as a beverage in competing. and what type of pepper will be used , in past events the long green pickled pepper not in salad was the pepper used ... stand bye for updates

Wednesday, February 20, 2008


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Orlando visitors treated to pie fests News alert...pie eating contest
People planning a spring holiday in Orlando in April may get the chance to attend two popular pie-based events.On April 19th and 20th, the Lakeside Park in Orlando town centre will host the Great American Pie Festival.This event includes all sorts of pie-related activities, including cooking demonstrations, children's pie-making classes, pie-eating contests and the famous never-ending pie buffet.Organised to coincide with this festival is the National Pie Championships, which will be held at the Orlando Sun Resort and Convention Centre from April 18th to 20th.This contest has served as a meeting point for amateur pie-makers, professional bakers and commercial companies from around the US and Canada since 1995.Amateur participants enter in flavour categories including classic cherry, chocolate, California raisin and Philadelphia cream cheese, while professionals compete in fields such as apple, fruit and berry, citrus and classic chocolate.Both of these events are organised by the American Pie Council, the only organisation committed to preserving the United States' pie heritage and promoting the country's love for pies. Article ID: 18475957, Posted: Wed, 20 Feb 2008 15:07:23 GMT

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Don Lerman to Undergo Thyroid TestingDon Lerman will undergo a battery of thyriod tests this Thursday after his sister Bonnie was diagnosted with an underactive thyroid today . Lerman will also undergo a series of G.I. tests for iratable bowel syndrome which he has had for a while .Lerman who gains 30 lbs in a month and puts on 100-150lbs in 3 months says it may be the thyroid, Upon shaving off his beard and it grow back spotted his doctor said I"ll bet my bottom dolllar its throid trouble ..end


Wide Range of Events Slated at Sunday River Feb 19, 2008 - 1:19 PM

Key Lime Pie Eating Contest .... Read on .....

By AlpineZone News
NEWRY, Maine -- With Presidents' Vacation Week in full swing, Sunday River guests have been enjoying 164 inches of snow on all 131 trails and an array of activities including festival nights, fireworks, tubing, games, crafts and movie nights. The list goes on and so does the fun as we continue rolling through the season with a full schedule of concerts, events and competitions.New England Telemark Festival – Feb 23Sunday River and New England Telemark (NET), a group of telemark skiing instructors dedicated to teaching and sharing their love of the sport, will host the 6th Annual Maine Telemark Festival on Saturday, Feb. 23. The festival includes equipment demos, clinics, a mogul competition, costume contest, and other activities designed to bring devoted telemark skiers together and welcome newcomers. www.netelemark.comThree Bud Light Concert Series Shows at White Cap LodgeBig Head Todd and The Monsters – Feb 23This Denver-based band has been together since their Colorado college days in the mid-1980s, recording eight studio albums, two live albums and touring with rock legends including Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin.Little Feat – March 15Rocking out since 1969, this band's music has always been an eclectic mix of blues, R&B, country, New Orleans funk and rock and roll. They have collaborated with such prominent musicians as Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Beck, Brian Wilson and Bonnie Raitt.Edwin McCain – March 29Garnering the attention of millions with songs like "I'll Be," and the Diane Warren-penned top 40 hit "I Could Not Ask For More," McCain blends equal parts folk, soul and rock.USCSA National Championships – March 3-8The United States Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association is the sports federation for college team ski racing and snowboarding celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Teams field five racers with the top three performances being used for the team score. The National Championships will span five days and consist of college teams from around the nation competing in Alpine, Nordic, freestyle and snowboard events ranging from sprints, giant slalom, skiercross and boardercross, halfpipe and slopestyle on Sunday River's signature race courses and terrain parks.No Bib Jib Series Finale - March 23The fourth and final installment in the No Bib Jib series will get underway at the South Ridge Jib Park at 10:30 a.m. Teams of skiers and snowboarders have been competing all season in a variety of costumes including business suits, old-school snow gear, painter's outfits and flannels to name a few, and racking up points all the while. The overall winning team will get a full line of products courtesy of Oakley including hoodies, goggles and hats along with an invitation to Heat Harvest III. Prizes are also given out for Best Trick and Best Digger. The NBJ at Sunday River is a recent winner of Terrain Park Contest as voted by resorts nationwide in Ski Area Management magazine.23rd Annual Maine Handicapped Skiing Ski-A-Thon – March 29The flagship fundraising event for MHS raises 65 percent of their annual operating budget. Participation includes breakfast, lunch, an après ski dinner, goodie bag and free skiing courtesy of Sunday River. www.skimhs.org18th Annual Eat the Heat Chili Cookoff – March 30Sample chili made by the best cooks from the area as they vie for the prize of Best Chili Cook and bragging rights. All chili must be prepared on site and from scratch. The batches are offered up for guests and celebrity judges to taste; guests can vote for their favorite to receive the People's Choice award.18th Annual Firefighters' Race – March 30Watch teams of five firefighters in full gear race down a giant slalom course on the Tempest Trail while toting 50 feet of fire hose. Teams come from all over Maine to raise money for Maine Handicapped Skiing in this competition which is a fan favorite.21st Annual Parrot Head/Bust N Burn Festival – April 4-6The festival everyone looks forward to, and recently ranked in Skiing Magazine's Top 5 Mountain Fests, will be bumping again this year with Jimmy Buffet cover bands, contests, prizes, parties, pond skimming and more. With almost 20 individual events scheduled throughout the weekend, guests can expect nonstop activity both on and off the mountain. The fundraising weekend, which benefits the Make-a-Wish Foundation, kicks off Friday night with the Parrot Head Prime-up Party at White Cap Lodge at 8:00 p.m.Saturday action will begin with the Bust 'n' Burn mogul competition at 9:30 a.m. New England's top amateur and pro bump skier competition will consist of over 200 competitors racing down Tempest with spectators looking on from the White Cap base area. The day will also feature live entertainment from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m., BBQ, and a Margarita contest at 2:00 p.m. Saturday night heats up with the Parrot Head Concert and Party at the White Cap Lodge featuring Jimmy Buffet Cover bands.Sunday the party continues with the top finalists in the Bust 'n' Burn competition battling it out for cash and other prizes starting at 10:00 a.m., pond-skimming at 11:00 a.m., a key lime pie eating contest at 1:00 p.m. and the Bust 'n' Burn awards ceremony at the conclusion of the competition.ents Slated at Sunday River Feb 19, 2008 - 1:19 PM

Fans Cry out That Don Lerman Not Asked To Be A Judge at Jalapeno Contest This SaturdayDon Lerman shown Below as Former Jalapeno champ was not invited to attend the upcoming Jalapeno Pepper Contest in Laredo this Saturday. Don Lerman who ate 120 peppers without milk ( which was not allowed) was champion in 2002in laredo and Milwakkee will not be in attendance this year as a judge .partispant or spectator For those attending there are 2 Chinese Buffets in laredo one on Jarvis street and the other accros from the Holiday Inn Both have Mexican style Chinese food every dish is made with jalapenos( very good) enjoy the the buffet...end

Del Taco Runs Burito Contest....

A buzz and excitement enveloped Chuck Smith Court at the Mark Twain Center on Thursday night like it has not done all year, as Pack the Stands Night brought season-high crowds for the men's and women's basketball games between UM-St. Louis and Southern Illinois - Edwardsville."I'm very excited," said spectator Natalie Barnard, senior, secondary education. "This is the most exciting game I've been to in a long time."The athletic department pulled out all the stops to bring folks to the two games against the Tritons' biggest rival. Halftime performances and contests, raffles and drawings for prizes, and activities for the kids all played a big part, but nothing can bring people in like free food.An all-you-can-eat buffet of burgers, pasta salad, corn on the cob, chips, brownies, cookies and Pepsi products kept the fans happy the entire evening, and most of them think that more events featuring the free food would be a great move by the athletic department. "Considering I eat like a mule, it might not be a bad idea," junior Jake Neely said. "It's gone well. The fans are loud. It's good stuff."The food festivities were highlighted by the Del Taco Macho Burrito Eating Contest, of which there was a women's competition at halftime of the women's game and a corresponding one at halftime of the men's game for the guys. In each contest, three band members squared off to see who could wolf down the Del Taco Macho Burrito in the quickest time.Rob O'Brien took the title in the men's contest, and Elly Pini won the women's version. Both won a $25 gift card to Del Taco, but Pini said the fun really came from the pride of beating her band mates."It was huge," Pini said. "This was a big day for me."UM-St. Louis has aggressively increased their efforts to gain athletics sponsorship this year, and their new partnership with Del Taco is a testament to that."It's a natural fit for us with our restaurant located right there on Natural Bridge Road,"

Monday, February 18, 2008


Hot Pepper Contest This Past Sunday:

Participants in the hot pepper eating contest prepare for the go-signal on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Raquel C. Bagnol

Tuesday February 19, 2008
Hot pepper festival heats up Tinian
By Raquel C. Bagnol Variety News Staff
TINIAN — More people joined this year’s Hot Pepper Festival compared to last year, according to Marianas Visitors Authority field operations officer Uida Borja.
“We were taken by surprise over the number of people who joined the activities last Saturday and Sunday,” she said. “It was three times more than last year’s attendance, and this is unexpected because of the economic crisis the island is going through.”
Borja said the festival allows everyone to join the different contests.
Over 7,000 tokens were used and recycled during the two-day event, signifying that business was brisk at the different stalls.
In his opening remarks on Saturday, Marianas Visitors Authority Managing Director Perry John P. Tenorio said the festival gives guests a chance to experience Tinian culture and hospitality.
“It is a chance for guests to discover the true taste of Tinian through the arts and crafts, local food spiced with Tinian’s own ‘doni sali,’ and enjoy the island’s sandy beaches and historical places,” Tenorio said.
Various events were held during the two-day festival on Feb. 16-17.
The activities included cultural dances, beach volleyball competition, Umang race, karaoke singing contest, dragon boat rowing contest, mwar making contest, cha-cha contest and the hot pepper eating contest.
Three live bands — Big Beats, Burning Bush and Last Minute — added color and provided entertainment during the festival.
“We can say that this celebration is successful, thanks to the support and joint effort of MVA, the local officials and the sponsors,” Borja said.
In a separate interview, Sen. Jude U. Hofschneider, R-Tinian, thanked MVA for hosting the event.
“We are always looking for activities like this,” he said.

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Grilled cheese champion of JMU named...news alert
By Kayla Flemming, contributing writerPosted on February 18, 2008
Freshman James Weiner can eat more grilled cheese sandwiches than anyone. Class Council is starting a JMU book of records, Madison Moments, and a grilled cheese sandwich-eating contest at D-Hall on Thursday was their first event.
“We chose grilled cheese because it was a Thursday, and it’s a big hit with students,” said Brian Temple, senior class treasurer. “It was probably the easiest we could have done in conjunction with Dining Services.”
Students will have the opportunity to make new records, and break those records of previous students.
“It went great, and the turn-out ended well,” Temple said. “It definitely built class unity, which is what it’s supposed to do.”
Nine contestants gathered to see how many grilled cheese sandwiches they could eat. With the average result being seven or eight, Weiner swept everyone away eating 12 sandwiches in the eight-minute time slot.
Some contestants took bites of their sandwiches; others rolled their up and ate it like a hot dog. One stacked three on top of each other and ate them together. Wallace dipped his sandwiches in water before sticking it into his mouth.
“Dipping food in water helps you swallow things easier. I’ve been in five eating contests, so I know it definitely helps you,” he said.
Contestants started with four grilled cheeses each on their plates. Once their sandwiches ran out, they were supplied with more.
Student Government Association members stood behind each contestant to count and to make sure they ate the whole sandwich.
The event began just before the dinner rush at D-Hall and drew a number of spectators eager to see who would set the first JMU record.
“It’s very entertaining to watch,” senior Katie Coleson said. “Everyone there had good energy, and there were a good variety of people competing.”
Other contests included freshmen Jon Schoeffel, Daniel Smolkin, Brock Wallace, Rich Steen, sophomore Candace Avalos, junior Andy Gibson and seniors Justin DeMartinis and Brandon Eickel.
“I decided to enter because all the contestants were guys, so I was doing it to represent the female population,” sophomore class president Candace Avalos said. “It was awkward though, because girls don’t eat 12 grilled cheese sandwiches.”
Senior class president Katelyn Grant said she was impressed with the first event.
“It’s a great day of event, because we only just started advertising a few days ago,” she said. “It’s a great way to start off Madison Milestones, and it will let more people know about what we are doing.” .... Not an I.F.O.C.E record...

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Out and about Canoli Contest... St. Peterberg Florida
News alert:
By Times Staff WriterPublished February 17, 2008
Italian festival: The fifth annual San Gennaro Festa takes place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater, and includes live music and meatball and cannoli-eating contests. A $4 donation suggested. Call (727) 562-4700.
Bingo: Play bingo from 12:30-4 p.m. today at the Knights of Columbus, 1251 San Christopher Drive, Dunedin. Free coffee and doughnuts. Call 738-6139.
Musical variety: The Quintessence Quintet performs Peter and the Wolf, Beatles favorites and selections from The Sound of Music at 3 p.m. today at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Clearwater, 2430 Nursery Road. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 children. Proceeds support hospice. Call 504-1673.
Opera film: Daphne will be shown at 1:15 p.m. today at 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin. Free. Call 812-4529.
Art explained: The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art offers a docent tour at 2 p.m. every Sunday. Meet in the lobby of the museum, which is on the Tarpon Springs campus of St. Petersburg College, 600 Klosterman Road. Admission is free on Sundays. Call (727) 712-5762.
Take the floor: Scottish country dancing is offered every Sunday at the Scottish American Society Hall, 917 Louden Ave., Dunedin. Beginners class from 6 to 7 p.m., social dancing from 7 to 9:30 p.m. No partner necessary. Call Connie Powell at (727) 787-3805 or Val Wade at (727) 947-4668.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Moses News .Com Is ExspandingMoses news .com is revamping and will be in the forfront of news in the competitive eating arena with new sources of news and new staff members We will make Moses News .Com the leader incompetiitve eating news. Thank you for patience.. Don Lerman and staff


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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Gustoff Zhychick Celebrates Valentines Day With Olga"'The Old Gal"Happy Valentines Day To all!

Monday, February 11, 2008

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Don Lerman Recieving the Matzah Ball Trophy From Mayor Rudy Guiliani

Ed Jarvis With Don Lerman at news 12 Long Island at Bens Matzah Ball promo

Ed Jarvis Kevin Lipsitz, Bens Deli Owner Ronnie Dragoon, Eric Booker ,Lorraine Lipsitz and Don Lerman

Left To Right Bruce Stock, Charles. Hardy Ed Jarvis Don Lerman and Russel Machover

Friday, February 08, 2008

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Monday, February 04, 2008

Post on Eat Feats .Com Reports Don Lerman's Picture Remored to Be Removed From Wall Of Fame
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Hello Fans This is Don Lerman speaking . let me say what I have done for Nathans ... I toured in 2001 entering every qualifier in the country , out of 10 I won 7 , helped further promote Nathans b y starring in Gutbusters and the Big Eats . was a six time finalist , hit the douce In 2001 And my last qualifier hit 22 hotdogs and buns at Saratoga park . recently i turned down a paid appearance to be a quest celebrty judge at hot dog night at a AAA baseball team beacause they where not using nathans hot dogs . I hope that there is no fundationto this rumor that I will be removed from the wall of fame.. thank you and be well ..Don ''Moses'' Lerman

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Friday, February 01, 2008

Don'' Moses'' Doesn't Make It To The Promised LandIn 2002 Don Lerman decided to try out for the Philly WingBowl . Other thanKrazy kevin Lipsitz and Coon Dog O karma no one from the IFOCE cared to go . Don Moses'' trained his heart out eating wings at Chinese Buffets every day for 2 months and he was good , make that great. Make no mistake Don Lerman hitting a respectalbe 3rd place in 2002 and 2nd place in 2003, close , but no cigar like Moses in the Bible never seeing the promised land , Don ''Moses'' was never to see 1st place , though many believed it was well earned . I wont knock the judging in this article , I'll leave that up to the readership to make up your own mind in this situation In 2004 he was locked out of the Wachovia center dredging threw the Muck and Meyer of snow and slush to make his way in the arena with a cast on his broken foot it took nearly 2 hrs in the cold . but managed to make it in. Like Richard Nixon once said to the press. I'll paraphrase that and say the wing Bowl wont have Don Lerman to kick around anymore.
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