Hartford eating challenges and contests category

Three random Hartford eating challenges
10 chili dogs Big Dog Challenge Goldburger's Newington, CT
2 lb. burger The Yukayeke Challenge Taino Smokehouse Middletown, CT
28 in pizza Goliath Pizza Five Guys Flippin' Pies Wolcott, CT
(All Hartford eating challenges and contests in database)

Bristol Press reports Eric "Badlands" Booker attempted the 30 inch pizza challenge at Nonna Artemisia’s Pizzeria in Southington, CT. The restaurant will pay $200 if a two person team finishes the meal.
Nonna's Pizza in Southington, CT has a 30 inch pizza challenge for two person teams that will award $200 if it is finished in under 20 minutes.
Raina Huang has uploaded a video of her attempt at the 10 pound pho challenge at Pho 135 in West Hartford, CT. Eric "Badlands" Booker also attempted the challenge.
Miki Sudo attempted the Bearwich challenge at Bear's Smokehouse in Windsor, CT while dressed as a care bear.
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.
Graham Kist ate 50 latkes in 20 minutes to win an eating contest held last night at The Crown Market in West Hartford, CT.   
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.
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.
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
CT Mirror reports Connecticut governor Dan Malloy visited Bear's Smokehouse in Hartford to promote owner Jamie McDonald's policy of hiring ex-offenders for his restaurant.
Jamie McDonald will lead a team driving a 5-ton M925 military transport truck in the "Space Race", a convoy of unconventional vehicles traveling from Hartford to Cocoa Beach, FL. Episodes about the event will be web-streamed in 2016.
Jamie McDonald will lead Hartford-area chefs in the 2015 March of Dimes Greater Hartford Signature Chefs Auction on October 15.
Hartford Business gave its Best New Start-Up award to Jamie McDonald and his restaurant Bear's Smokehouse, which saw its revenues quadruple in 2014 and currently employs 75 workers.
Stephanie Wu announces that she and Manny Cambra set the house record for the challenge pizza at Randy's Wooster St in Connecticut. They are the 5th duo to succeed in over 2062 attempts.
Bear's Smokehouse, Jamie McDonald's restaurant, won HYPE Hartford's award for Best Launch last night.
Geoff Esper became the first person to finish the Bearwich challenge at Bear's Smokehouse and claim the $500 prize.
Jamie McDonald give a talk with Simon Majumdar of the Food Network on March 25 at the Mark Twain House in Hartford.
Connecticut Mag has an article about Jamie "The Bear" McDonald, who is scaling back his competitive eating career to focus on his restaurant, Bear's BBQ.
The New York Times has a review of Bear's Smokehouse in Hartford mentioning owner Jamie McDonald's competitive eating career. OmNomCT has a blog entry abour the Bearwich sandwich challenge awarding $500 available at that restaurant, which will be attempted by bodybuilder Manny Cambra today.
Fox CT has a video and article about Jamie McDonald and his restauarant, Bear's Smokehouse BBQ.
Stephanie Wu reports that Joe Menchetti and Geoffrey Esper tied with a total of 28 taco tacos each in an eating contest held tonight at La Boca in Middleton, CT. update Nov 17 A facebook gallery of the contest is available.
The Hartford Courant has an article about Jamie McDonald's plans to open a Windsor, CT location of his restaurant, Bear's BBQ.
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