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Cheer On the World's Best Competitive Eaters in Chicago, Before They Take on Nathan's Famous

June 29, 2012 at 11:49 AM | by | ()

The biggest sporting event of the year is coming up next week and some of its competitors are beginning their warm ups this weekend. We're talking, of course, about Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, the banner event for Major League Eating, taking place at NY's Coney Island on July 4th.

But you don't have to wait until then to see some of the world's best stomachs in action. Two of the top-ranked eaters in the world, Patrick “Deep Dish” Bertoletti and Tim "Gravy" Brown will begin working their jaws this weekend in their hometown of Chicago—where they will take on four of the city's biggest eating challenges.

The duo, who have just launched their own food truck, the awesomely named Glutton Force Five, kick off their marathon of mass consumption tonight at the Fifty/50 Bar, where the challenge is to eat 50 items off the menu in 50 minutes.

Tim and Pat in action at this months' RibMania event.

The fun continues tomorrow, when the pair face a Bacon Bomb challenge at Paddy Long's and a Monster Burger at Jake Melnick's Corner Tap. Then, on Sunday, Tim and Pat take on the Dagwood Challenge at Lucky's Wrigleyville.

Drink specials will be available at each venue for eating fans who want to cheer on the Glutton Force Five team and send them off to Coney Island feeling loved. Even better: the Glutton Force Five food truck will make an appearance at Sunday's after party, where the first 50 people get free Mega BBQ Bowls, one of the truck's specialties.

There's a feel-good element to all this gorging, by the way; each of the challenge locations will donate a portion of their evening's sales or a cash prize to the Chicago Food Bank should any of the standing records be broken. Given Bertoletti and Brown's recent performances on the competitive eating circuit, we're betting records will most certainly be smashed.

You can find all the times and addresses for this weekend's Gluttony Tour 2012 on the Glutton Force Five website.

One final word of advice: don't stand too close to the table or bring a plastic poncho, unless you want to be covered in glutton run-off.

You have been warned.

[Photos: top via Glutton Force Five/Facebook; RibMania by Patty Wetli/Center Square Journal]

Archived Comments:


I wish I have that kind of giant appetite! They are the food monsters indeed, devouring every rib from the plate and seem to enjoy it to the bones. I'm wondering if these guys compete with the dude from Man vs Food. Who would you think will bring home the bacon?