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Eating contests and Eating challenges around Kona & Denver

Take Two

Mannie & Bo's Pizzeria in Golden. Jimmy & I each tried the calzone challenge separately a few months ago. Neither of us defeated it. We went back at the end of June to try it as a team.

Before cooking it. 6 pounds of goodness! Lots of meat. Lots of cheese.

Now it is cooked & we're ready!

Before our team attempt, the calzone's record is 17-0. Nobody has defeated it. One person has an hour. A team of two people has 30 minutes.

Wow. 4 pounds of meat.

Letting it cool a bit.

We cut it in half, cut each half in half, and dig in.

It's hot, no doubt.

Working on our first quarters. We flew through these.

We're each on our final portions.

We got through our first portions in no time (four minutes or so). But each of us hit a wall or something. That's common for me - in my last cheesesteak run I flew through the first half in 3 minutes but limped in with 19 minutes for the other half.

Me shoving in the last bit. Jimmy had finished his half a few minutes earlier. He ate a few bites off my pile. That's a team player move!


The champs!

The Smart Car!


We're first, bitches. But our 23 minute time gives other teams a very real shot at coming in better than our time...

Complete gallery and video coming up!


Here are some photos from the 1-on-1 eating contest at Caldonia's.

Getting ready


I took the sandwich layer by layer.

Guaps and I sort of chuckled when they brought out the 5-gallon puke buckets, but it turned out to be a good thing. I think Mikey needed every one of those gallons to hold his quite voluminous discharge!

No hand shaking or even fist bumping after. His hands were possibly pukey, and my hands were just gross.

You can see lots more photos in the gallery on nightlifedenver.com. Leah took some great ones of the eating contest and the bikini contest.


Good riddance, beautifulbrian.com!

Mezcal Photos

Steven Pierce from the Westword took some great photos at the Taco Eating Contest at Mezcal. See them on Facebook here!

The results:
1st - Me, 27
2nd - Chris Septoff, 24
3rd - Raul Palomo, 23

So I got the 3-peat at Mezcal. Woohoo!

The Big Haas. Watch.

Video of me finishing The Big Haas at Caldonia's...

Big Meat

Caldonia’s in Aurora started an eating challenge in April. The Big Haas. Two half-pound Juicy Lucy patties, bacon, hot links, half-pound of smoked brisket, quarter-pound of ham, two fried eggs, cheese, mayo, angry dills, and all between two Texas toast grilled cheese sandwiches. Grilled onions, too? And two pounds of chili cheese fries which are doused in a cheese sauce – like Que Bueno or something. [Going in, I thought chile cheese fries, not chili cheese fries – WRONG]. A total of 6.2 pounds, or 100.6 ounces. Up to my attempt at it, 20 or so people had tried with nobody succeeding in eating the whole thing.

Empty Wall of Fame. Many on Wall of Shame

T-bonz. Mommye. SAW. My meal. 45 minutes on the clock. What I had been waiting for all day – it’s on!

I dig in to the top grilled cheese. Delicious. Ooey gooey goodness. The next 15 minutes were blurry, but I went layer by layer and more or less finished off the sandwich. The different meats involved were out of this world good – total meatgasm. The eggs provided just enough slime (in a very good way) to lube up the bites and to allow me to get them down without too much liquid having to be consumed (water and Gatorade G2 green was the beverage of choice).

I finished off the bottom grilled cheese. All along I had been mixing in some fries. So after polishing off the sandwich I had left the mound of fries.

Have I mentioned before that fries, in any form, are my nemesis? Have been and will be. It’s not potatoes that I despise. In a fried form though, I do. Shoestring, waffle, steak fries, whatever. Maybe it’s a texture thing of fried potatoes, I don’t know. Hash browns, OK. But deep fried potatoes, not so much.

Back to the challenge. After downing the sandwich in fine time, I plod – really, nothing more than that, just hanging on - through the fries. And finish with just over a minute and a half to spare. No doubt that T-bonz, Mommye, SAW, and the whole crowd pulled me through the last few minutes.

The employees at Caldonia’s, terrific. They were totally in to wanting somebody to finish The Big Haas. Patrick, the kitchen manager, created this beast. His earlier challenge was conquered in short order, so The Big Haas, built on that earlier challenge, was divined to be unconquerable by most.

It’s funny, for the last few months we’d drive by Caldonia’s every now and then and I’d say “why don’t they have an eating contest or challenge?”. Now they do. And it’s delicious.

Afterwards, two more 1sts to go along with me being the 1st to finish the challenge. We went to DQ and I could not finish the small cup of the vanilla soft-serve. And, I could not watch the new Man v. Food Nation.

I am tweeting my recovery day.

More photos and video to come!


We're In?

SAW and me attempt to qualify for the 4th annual Chow Down for Charity hot dog eating contest at Steve's Snappin' Dogs...


So Far in 2011

Here is a list of what I have eaten so far this year:

1/6 - KBPI Wing Bowl Qualifier for Team Nasty - 4th, 1.11 lbs
1/9 - Outrageous Foods Wing Eating Contest - 1st
1/13 - Peanut Butter Burger Challenge - Fail. Not much left at 30min
1/14 - KBPI Wing Bowl Qualifier for Team Willie B - not 1st
1/20 - KBPI Wing Bowl Qualifier for Team Nasty, 9 ounces - 3rd
2/5 - Cow Tipper Challenge - Fail, 1/2 fries + most bun left
2/6 - Tipper Wing Challenge - Success, just under 3 minutes
2/6 - Atomic Reaper Wing Eating Contest - 1st
2/6 - Atomic Reaper Wing Challenge - Success, just under 3 minutes
2/16 - Abo's Pizza 28" pizza - success! 32:02, 1st team to finish
2/26 - Govanator Challenge - Fail. Team: Jimmy + Me. Both hit the wall
3/6 - Frozen Dead Guy Days - RMO Qualifier #2 2nd
3/6 - Frozen Dead Guy Days - RMO Final 4th
3/13 - 1st Annual Mile High Pizza Championship 3rd
3/20 - Gordo Loco Grande Opening - El Diablo Eating Contest - 2nd
3/20 - El Diablo Burrito Challenge - 5 pound burrito - Success! 19min
3/28 - The Rock - 4lb burrito w/ side plate - success (14 minutes)
4/2 - Cow Tipper Challenge - Fail. Fries left as time ended
4/11 - Zoner Challenge - Fail. 2.74 pounds left at end of time
4/19 - Mezcal's 3rd Annual Taco Eating Contest - 1st
4/21 - 4th Annual Rock the Tot - 2nd
5/28 - Arvada BBQ Cook-off Hot Dog Eating Contest - 1st
6/4 - Jalapeno Eating Contest at Culturefest, Brighton - 1st
6/5 - Steve's Snappin' Dogs qualifier - 3 HDBs in 1:19
6/8 - Big Haas at Caldonia's - Success in 43:37
6/17 - Big Haas Eating Showdown 1-on-1 at Caldonia's - 1st