food eating challenges

  • 14 Aug 2013 at 3:31 PM

Have We Identified The Next Food Eating Challenge?

Back when the financial crisis hit, and financial services employees started getting laid off en masse, a lot of people took the opportunity to look in the mirror and ask themselves, “What do I really want to do with my time? Do I even like working on Wall Street?” More often than not, the answer was no. As it turned out, they’d been suppressing their true dreams all along, and now that working in finance was no longer an option, they finally found the courage to say, “What I really want to do is bake cupcakes. Butch ones.” Or, “What I really want to do is sell Greek food.” Or wedding cakes. Or dog jewelry. Deep down inside they’d known it all along but they’d just needed that extra little push that comes with being told to clean out your desk and leave.

Married couple Nick and Elyse Oleksak, he of GFI Group, she of Morgan Stanley,* didn’t have the luxury of unemployment to push them to pursue their dreams. What they did have was a passion. A passion for bagels. And a middle-of-the-night epiphany that changed everything. Read more »

  • 29 Jan 2013 at 11:46 AM

First Food Eating Challenge Of 2013: Underway


It’s another vending machine challenge and you know how we feel about those (too much time, not enough food, doesn’t put hair on anyone’s chest) BUT it does involve a contract (described as “amazing” by the half of Dealbreaker that was at one time licensed to practice law in New York1), the terms of which state that in the event of a loss, the loser will pay for a lunch he’s not invited to, so we’ve got award points for that. Read more »

As many of you know, around these parts we are constantly debating the merits of various financial services employees’ food eating challenges. Historically, we’ve detracted points for allowing the participants far too much time to complete the task at hand (opening bell to close, might as well just make it limitless), an insufficient volume of food (a box of Munchkins, considered by many to be a snack), and lack of originality (vending machine challenges have been done). On the flip side, we’ve applauded creativity (an investment banker and 500 Starburst enter a room and there’s a webcam involved),* obscene amounts of food and enough sugar to cause hyperglycemia (244 oysters, a cupcake of death), and topicality (the delicacy that is the Sausage Pancake Bite: yes! Double Downs: double yes!).

Which brings us to this: the Herbalife Food Eating Challenge. New York Observer reporter Patrick Clark noticed that while the Herbalife story has been covered by many an angle so far (the blood-sucking pyramid scheme angle, the grandma angle, the Dan Loeb/UWS hedge fund manager on UWS hedge fund manager angle), the most important angle of all had yet to be explored: the actual ingesting of this stuff angle. Read more »

Who will emerge victorious? We’ll know soon. The challenge: 500 Starbursts in 12 hours. The contender: a financial analyst whose eyes may or may not be bigger than his stomach (41.666 in an hour? Don’t offer me that. 41.666 every hour for 12 hours? That’s a challenge). On the table: $500. The progress so far: he started at 8:30 CDT and has put away 250. The commentary: “He says he’s uncomfortable, but not disgusted. Yet.” The bonus: he’s live-streaming the event. Read more »

  • 21 May 2012 at 6:22 PM

Have We Identified The Next Food Eating Challenge?

The Montana State Society’s Testicle Festival in Virginia Square was a rousing success this year. Festival-goers consumed 110 pounds of bull and bison testicles, 84 liters of Crown Royal and 1,500 cans of beer this year, according to event organizer and Society president Jed Link. All three were records for the event, now in its eighth year. Organizers estimate that nearly 600 people attended the Testicle Festival, which was held at the American Legion post at 3445 Washington Boulevard. Even though the event didn’t start until 6:00 on Saturday evening, Link said a line started to form at 4:30 p.m. [ARL]

  • 01 Dec 2011 at 12:28 PM

A Modest Proposal

A reader/FEC enthusiast asks: “Today’s Living Social deal for five Big Macs and five large fries BEGS for a New Normal eating challenge. Someone has to have a hungry analyst, right?” Read more »

  • 23 Nov 2011 at 10:47 AM

Black Widow Still Making A Mockery Of Wall Street

Remember Sonya Thomas, AKA The Black Widow? For those who need a refresher, Thomas, dubbed the BW because she “often beats male competitors in eating contests” and maybe also killed a man in cold blood for stealing her lunch, housed 183 chicken wings in 12 minutes last September to take home first place in the 10th annual National Buffalo Wings Festival. When asked by a reporter if she was worried about any potential competitors, like some financial services employees who dabble in tests of gastrointestinal fortitude, she responded, “No, nobody can do it. What I do takes special skill. Talent.” And In fact, she said, “I’ll bet you a million dollars you can’t beat me.” We thought maybe someone would accept the challenge but apparently the Widow’s track record, which includes titles for cheesecake, (11 pounds in 9 minutes), crab cakes (46 in 10 minutes), Maine Lobsters (44 in 12 minutes), oysters (46 dozen 10 minutes), hard boiled eggs (65 in 6 minutes, 40 seconds), and jalapeños (251 in 9 minutes), left people cowering in the shadows. While the offer still stands, Thomas added another notch to the old belt, having beat a ten pound turkey into submission. Read more »