FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – It was a battle of the bellies, as contestants exchanged beef patties for big faces to raise money for local charities.
Teams were "beefing up" for a "gastronomical” contest at Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill, 1203 Apple Glen Blvd., Wednesday night of eating burgers.
Beer distribution company, Five Star Distributing faced off against the Fort Wayne Fire Department for the title of "Best Burger Battle Champions,” and to raise money for local charities. Five Star was raising funds for the St. Jude's Children’s Research Hospital and the FWFD for the Fallen Heroes Fund.
"I’m not sure how well I’m going to do, so I’d kind of like to anchor, but I’m actually going to line up second and we’ve got some pretty big boys tonight,” said Ryan Dullaghan, captain of the Five Star Distributing team.
"As you can imagine we don’t have a lot of time to sit around and eat our meals slowly on the Fire Department,” said Cpt. Rich Dolsen with FWFD, “So we’re just kind of going to do what we normally do—and that’s eat quick.”
It's a relay contest, meaning contestants are not allowed to eat their burger until the person before them finishes, and whichever team eats the fastest—wins.
"The burger that I think is going to be the biggest challenge is the San Jose burger because that one is spicy and it has tortilla strips on it, so they’re actually going to have to chew it to get it down,” chuckled Kim Forshee, Service Manager at Smokey Bones.
First, the captains traded words. "I hope you brought your appetite because we sure did,” said Dullaghan to the FWFD team. All Cpt. Dolsen had to say in response was, “Good luck!”
And then the burger binge began, but after some gutsy heroics, the Fort Wayne Fire Department won.
“One man cannot win for a team. This is a whole team effort and it was just fun to come out and represent the Fort Wayne Fire Department for a good cause,” said Nate Busch.
And the question that’s on everybody’s mind: how are they feeling? “Good, very good! I might get another burger here in a minute,” said Busch, who also anchored the FWFD team.
“Full, very full, and a little sick but it was for a good cause,” said Justin Craker with Five Star.
Now FWFD will have the chance to compete nationally for $5,000, all of which will go to charity of course.
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