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Competitive Eating and the Culinary Walkabout

Plus Winefest 2011 and Food Network's Idaho pizza pick

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As much as we cherish our foodietude here at BW, we're also proponents of face-stuffing overindulgence. In the name of quality journalism, we subjected ourselves to a Four Loko liver baptism and a ghost-pepper flecked sushi-eating challenge.

But on Thursday, Aug. 4, we let the pros do the dirty work. We witnessed "Furious" Pete Czerwinski, a former anorexic turned body builder and competitive eater, break the world record of 10 minutes and 34 seconds for fastest time scarfing a double Big Jud's 2-pound burger. Czerwinski downed the burger and fries in six minutes and five seconds. Visit video.boiseweekly.com for the disturbing footage or scan the QR code on Page 4.

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Speaking of competitive eating, Archie's Place food truck is hosting a sloppy joe eating contest at Payette Brewing Co. on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 5-9 p.m. Joe wolfers can throw their names into the hat for $20 per person. Those who prefer to watch others smear their faces with gloppy meat sammys can partake in an all-you-can-eat sloppy joe buffet for $10. Entrants must sign up by Saturday, Aug. 20, at archiesplaceboise.wordpress.com.

Speaking of food trucks, the B29 Streatery recently published an interesting post at b29streatery.blogspot.com, titled "The Trouble With Being Local." The piece is a response to a customer who got upset that the truck labeled Gem Pack beef "local." B29 Streatery's chefs say that in order to keep costs down, they purchase Idaho-made products that aren't artisanal and the community needs to "expand our concept of what is local." To read the entire piece, or join in the debate, visit Cobweb at boiseweekly.com or scan the QR code on Page 4.

In other local news, the Elks Meals on Wheels 14th Annual Culinary Walkabout will take over the Boise Centre on Thursday, Aug. 11. The event features grub from spots like Salt Tears, Bella Aquila and The Brickyard, among others. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by contacting Grant Jones at 208-489-4592.

On the national front, Food Network Magazine released an article titled 50 States, 50 Pizzas, in which they selected one specialty pie from each state. Boise's Pizzalchik made the cut for its Wild Forest Mist pizza, which contains five varieties of wild mushroom, house-made elk sausage, lavender-flecked sauce and aged dough.

And in booze news, after a quick breather following the San Inazio Festival, the Basque Museum is gearing up for another wine-soaked event on Friday, Aug. 12. The appropriately named Winefest 2011 will offer a smattering of local wine samples for $27 in advance or $30 at the door. For tickets, call 208-343-2671.

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