Do you pride yourself on loving that déclassé New York
snack — the hot dog? On Memorial Day, this Monday, May 30, you can
watch gluttons fire them down — and consume a few dogs yourself —
at the “First Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest,” at Schnack (122
Union St. at Columbia Street).
“Contestants competed in the restaurant’s pre-event hot dog
eating heats,” said Harry Hawk, the event’s referee — along
with his Schnack partners Jim Mamary and Alan Harding (host of Discovery
Home & Leisure Channel’s “Cookin’ in Brooklyn”
On the day of the event, the six to eight contestants, who proved they
can down the dogs in record time in qualifying heats, will do their best
to speed-eat a 30-inch, that’s right, 30-inch, Stahl-Meyer frank
in a 28-inch long Caputo’s Bakery bun. (The franks and buns were
custom-made for this contest.)
The winner will take home more than $400 in prizes and cash from Schnack
and the event’s other sponsors — New York Water Taxi, Stahl-Meyer
Company, Caputo’s Bakery, Jever Pilsner Beer and American Stevedoring
The contestants must adhere to strict rules of conduct during the competition:
No deconstructing of the frank and/or bun will be tolerated, although
breaking off portions of the dog with its bun is allowed. Swallowing without
sufficient chewing is grounds for disqualification.
Get there between 11 am and 1 pm, and you’ll get a free Stahl-Meyer,
all-beef hot dog. The contest begins at 1 pm. At 2 pm, the dogs will be
sold for 50 cents. You’ll even get a free 8-ounce Jever Pilsner beer
(1 per order) to wash it down.
For more information, call Schnack at (718) 855-2879.