Connecticut eating challenges and contests category

Upcoming eating contests
2020 May 31Paczki Eating Contest Little Poland Festival New Britain, CT
$1,300 2020 Jun 6 Pizza Eating Contest - female amateurs Zois Pizza Seymour, CT
2020 Jun 6Pizza Eating Contest - first responders Zois Pizza Seymour, CT
$1,300 2020 Jun 6 Pizza Eating Contest - male amateurs Zois Pizza Seymour, CT
$3,500 2020 Jun 6 Pizza Eating Contest - professionals Zois Pizza Seymour, CT
Three random eating challenges
3 lb. burger Hall of Famer Burger Michael Jordan's 23.sportcafé - Mohegan Sun Uncasville, CT no time limit
pounds The Couble Big Dollar Bill Burger Famous 50's Diner East Bridgeport, CT
2 ft. long hot dog 2 Foot Long Hot Dog Doogie's Newington, CT
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Zoi's Pizza eating contest scheduled for June 6 in Seymour, CT has been postponed.
Sacred Heart University in Bridgeport, CT announced they will sue its food service provider that produced the pancakes used in a fatal pancake eating contest held March 2017. (The current athletics director of SHU is former New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine, who ate 120 pancakes to win a contest when he was a college student.) update Tim Janus has offered to testify in favor ot Chartwells, the food service provider.
Zoi's Pizza eating contest will take place June 6 in Seymour, CT. The professional division will award $2000/$1000/$500 (entrants must raise $200 for charity). There will also be divisions for pairs of male and female amateurs awarding $750/$350/$200.
Miki Sudo attempted the Bearwich challenge at Bear's Smokehouse in Windsor, CT while dressed as a care bear.

Joe Menchetti defeats Molly Schuyler in Zoi’s Pizza

Joe Menchetti has posted the results for the professional division of Zoi’s Pizza eating contest in Seymour, CT today

1) Joe Menchetti 56 sec
2) Molly Schuyler 1:03
3) Dan Kennedy 1:04
4) Dave Brunelli

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Molly Schuyler is expected to compete in Zoi's Pizza eating contest in Seymour, CT on June 1, which has raised its pro prizes to $2000/$1000/$500.
Zoi's Pizza in Seymour, CT will hold a pizza eating contest for professionals on June 1 awarding $1500/$500/$250 (entrants must raise at least $200 for charity). There will also be contests for pairs of male amateurs, female amateurs and first responders awarding $750/$350/$200 (teams must raise $300).
The Hartford Courant reports that the family of Caitlin Nelson is suing Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT for allowing a pancake eating contest on March 30, 2017 that resulted in her death following choking. The objective of the lawsuit is not just to exact monetary damages, but to "expose the danger of amateur eating contests and to prevent other families from experiencing such a tragedy".
The CT BBQ Fest will hold a bacon eating contest in Clinton, CT on November 10 awarding $500 to the winner. update The festival has been cancelled
The Hartford Courant has an interview with Jamie "Bear" McDonald, who used the prize money from winning the 2013 Wing Bowl to start his barbecue business, which now consists of 6 restaurants. His first experience with competitive eating was the Broken Yolk Iron Man challenge in San Diego.
Joe Menchetti won the first prize of $500 in Saturday's wing eating contest at Arooga's at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT.
Arooga's at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT will hold a wing eating contest on March 10 awarding a $150 Visa gift card. The second round on March 17 will award a $500 Visa gift card. Other Arooga's locations will also hold contests; the total amount of prizes on the circuit is listed as $1,300.
Graham Kist ate 50 latkes in 20 minutes to win an eating contest held last night at The Crown Market in West Hartford, CT.   
Newtown Bee has a report on the "Celebration of Kindness and day of remembrance" held in Newtown, CT on October 27 to honor Caitlin Nelson, who passed away after choking in a pancake eating contest held at Sacred Heart University in March.
The Hartford Courant has an article about Jamie McDonald's trip to Florida to serve barbecue from his restaurant, Bear's Smokehouse, to Hurricane Irma victims. His team is operating at Germain Arena in Estero, FL, site of a Nathan's qualifier earlier this year. McDonald estimates his organization, operationbbqrelief.org, has served 50,000 meals since arriving in Florida.
Jamie "The Bear" McDonald will compete in a hot dog eating contest at GoldBurgers in Hartford, CT on August 24.
The Connecticut Taco Festival will hold a taco eating contest in Danbury, CT on August 26 awarding $1000 to the winner. Registration is available for $40 today (usual fee $100).
Joe Menchetti edged out Dave Brunelli yesterday at Zoi's Pizza contest in Seymour, CT to win the event for the third year in a row an claim the first prize of $1500.

Choking in college pancake contest results in fatality

update April 10 The New York Post has an article about the funeral | Video about funeral

update April 6 A funeral mass will be held Saturday in Westfield, NJ. The official autopsy lists the cause of death as accidental asphyxia.

update April 5 InsideEdition has an interview with Fairfield Police Sgt. Mike Paris who says “Her mouth was compacted with pancakes, almost to her teeth.” (video)

The Fairfield Daily Voice reports that a college student who was hospitalizated aftter choking in a pancake eating contest at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT on Thursday passed away. The University held a vigil yesterday in her memory. update CTPost and TapInto have articles giving the name of the deceased as Caitlin Nelson from Clark, NJ. Her father, James Nelson, was a Port Authority police officer who passed away when the World Trade Center collapsed on September 11, 2001. update #2 The New York Post has an article reporting that Caitlin Nelson’s allergies were not a factor in the incident.

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A female student at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT was hospitalized yesterday after choking in a pancake eating contest held at a Greek Life dinner yesterday night. She is currently in stable but critical condition.
A podcast recorded at last week's BBQ eating contest held at Bear's BBQ in Hartford is available on youtube. MMA fighter Chael Sonnen and partner Brian Nichols combined to eat 4.7 pounds, which surpassed the 4.5 pounds eaten by restaurant owner Jamie McDonald. Will Millender offered advice to the winners and appears around the 32 minute mark of the podcast. (video recorded by Will Millender).
Jamie McDonald appeared on Chael Sonnen's podcast to discuss facing off against the MMA fighter in an eating contest at Bear's Smokehouse in Hartford on December 29. (competitive eating segment starts around 43 minutes). Spectators are welcome and there is no admission charge. The on how Bear's Smokehouse has raised the wage to at least $15 for most employees.
In his latest podcast (competitive eating section starts at 17:00), MMA fighter Chael Sonnen announces that he will face Jamie McDonald in an eating contest at Bear's Smokehouse in Hartford on December 29.
Foxwoods announces it will not hold a MLE turkey eating contest in 2016. This reduces the number of MLE contests awarding $10,000 or more in 2016 to 2 (Nathan's & Hooters wings), half of the number in 2015. The 2015 Arizona Sports Expo wing eating contest awarding $10,000 was not brought back.
The team of Wayne Algenio, Dave Brunelli and Dave Wood won the first prize of $1500 in today's pizza eating contest at Zoi's Pizza in Seymour, CT. update April 22 WPLR has a gallery
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