Ribfest-Chicago's Ribmania Eating Championship

Date: 06/11/2010
Location: Chicago, IL
Winner: Pat Bertoletti, Ribs
Total Prizes: $2,100 total cash purse

Billed as the "Crosstown Chowdown" Ribfest-Chicago's 1st Ribmania Eating Championship certainly delivered. Southsides's Pat Bertoletti claimed the firsrt Ribmania title after eating 4.26 lbs of ribs in the 8-minute contest that kicked-off the three-day Ribfest-Chicago srtreet festival on Chicago's Northside.

Although Bertoletti left with the title, it was another local Chicagoan, Ben "The Hungry Wolf" Taylor, who had a breakthrough performance placing 2nd with 3.90 lbs eaten.

Northside's own Gravy Brown came up just a few ounces short of defeating his rival Erik "the Red" Denmark in front of the capacity crowd at Ribfest's North Stage. In related news, Gravy recently launched, a viral campaign that will come to a head (no pun intended) when the two meet again at Coney Island on July 4th.

Ribmania capped off a busy day for Chicago sports fans with the Blackhawks Stanley Cup parade taking place in the morning, followed by the Cubs-White Sox series starting their weekend Crosstown Classic series at Wrigley.

1-Pat Bertoletti - 4.26 lbs in 8 minutes ($1,200)
2-Ben Taylor - 3.90 lbs ($600)
3-Erik Denmark - 2.74 lbs ($300)
4-Gravy Brown - 2.18 lbs

CLICK HERE for more information on Ribfest-Chicago.

Proceeds from Ribfest-Chicago benefit Northcenter Chamber initiatives, annual community programming, local charities, greening and beautification efforts, the School Grant Program and charitable funding approved by the Chamber Philanthropy Committee.

About Northcenter Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1946, the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce is a community and business development organization on Chicago’s North Side. By promoting and supporting commercial, professional, financial and non- profit enterprises, its members are dedicated to making Northcenter a great place to live, shop and grow. The Northcenter Chamber’s highly anticipated and attended community events, such as Ribfest Chicago, make it one of Chicago’s premier neighborhood organizations. CLICK HERE for more information on the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce.

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