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Bayou Bakery to Host Doughnut and Beignet Eating Contest

Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery in Courthouse will host a doughnut and beignet eating contest Sunday to coincide with the NFL game between the Washington Redskins and New Orleans Saints.

Nine participants will compete at halftime of the game, which kicks off at 1 p.m. on November 19, in the “Beignet and Brown-Butter Doughnut Eating Contest.”

Bayou chef and New Orleans native David Guas will be putting on the competition alongside District Doughnut chef Christine Schaefer.

Competitors will be asked to take on 10 beignets — a pastry made from deep-fried choux pastry — and 10 doughnuts each, and the one to get through all 20 the quickest will win $150 cash.

Anyone wishing to compete should arrive by 12:30 p.m. Admission is free, and the contest is free. Bayou Bakery is located at 1515 N. Courthouse Road.

More from a press release, after the jump.

What’s more American than football, and a little competition? In the spirit of the highly anticipated Washington Redskins vs. New Orleans Saints game on November 19, 2017, at 1 PM, New Orleans native, Chef David Guas, of Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery, along with his friend, Chef Christine Schaefer, of DistrictDoughnut are bringing on the ultimate, friendly rivalry: A Beignet and Brown-Butter Doughnut Eating Contest.

Here’s how it’ll go down: Football fans will head to Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery in Arlington, VA, to cheer on their favorite team while watching the out-of-town game on the big screen. Admission is FREE, the contest is FREE, and Dome Foam (Draft Abita Beer), NOLA Swinger and Gator-aide Cocktails, and Game-Day Dishes are $5 each.

But the “real” pro-players will be on the playing field during halftime. When you say “football,” we say, “Let’s eat!” Nine participants will be given the opportunity to “tackle” a sum of 20 beignets and doughnuts. Strategy is key – Guas and Schaefer encourage dunking the delicacies to increase speed by swallowing easily, so keeping with tradition Café Au Lait and Milk will be provided on the side. The one person out of the 9 to “Brees” through it, and scarf down all 20 in the fastest amount of time, will take home the grand prize – $150 cash!

No sore losers here, though – all nine participants will head home with two $20 gift cards – one from Bayou, and the other from District Doughnut ($40 total) … that is, provided each contender can handle the fried feast!

Competitors should arrive by 12:30PM when the sign-up begins, because it’s first come, first serve, and will be limited to 9 participants in total.

Whether you’re there to watch, there to bring on the heat, or both – chances are, this will be a game day you won’t regret! May the best guzzler (and football team) win!

P.S. Just saying – is there a home team advantage? Ha!

Courtesy photo

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Don Tito to Host Taco Eating Contest

Tacos (photos via Don Tito/Facebook)

Clarendon watering hole Don Tito (3165 Wilson Blvd) will be hosting what it’s billing as the “first annual Arlington taco eating contest.”

The event is being held on Monday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.

It will feature up to 100 contestants trying to eat as many chicken and beef tacos as they can in one minute. After 10 preliminary heats, each with 10 competitors, the winner of each heat will advance to a preliminary round in which the first person to eat 10 tacos with varying levels of spiciness will be crowned the “Taco King of Arlington.”

Said Taco King will receive a $150 Don Tito gift card and a championship belt. The second and third place winners will, respectively, get a $100 gift card and a $50 gift card.

The cost of entry is $20. Registration is available online. Spectators can attend for free.

Photo via Facebook

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Rosslyn Restaurant to Hold Burrito Eating Contest

El Cachudo (Courtesy of Guajillo)

To help celebrate Mexican Independence Day and its own 15 year anniversary, Guajillo in Rosslyn will be giving customers the chance to scarf down a burrito the size of a small newborn baby.

The Mexican restaurant in the Colonial Village Shopping Center (1727 Wilson Blvd) will hold its annual burrito eating contest this coming Saturday, Sept. 19, at 4 p.m. Up to six contestants will attempt to eat a 16-inch, seven-pound burrito called El Cachudo for a chance to win a future dinner for two, said Guajillo spokeswoman Joahna Hernandez.

“El Cachudo is a 16-inch long burrito made with flour tortilla, filled with Mexican rice, refried pinto beans, Oaxaca cheese, pork carnitas, shredded beef, shredded chicken, lightly battered tilapia and most importantly, voodoo salsa made with a blend of fresh habaneros and garlic. It is served with pico de gallo and sour cream on the side,” Hernandez said.

The current record to beat is 20 minutes, which was set by an 18-year-old named Ian, she said. Guajillo co-owner Rolando Juarez started the contest in 2009 and named the burrito El Cachudo, which is a slang word for devil in Spanish, Hernandez said.

In addition to its large size, El Cachudo also has a spicy kick due to the homemade voodoo habanero salsa.

“As for the spicy level, you only need to pour a few drops [of the salsa] on a taco to give it a spicy kick; a little goes a long way!” Hernandez said in an email. “As you may know, an habanero chiles are even hotter than thai peppers and serranos.”

Anyone brave enough to sign up for the burrito eating contest can call 703-807-0840 or email [email protected] for more information.

Guajillo will also be holding specials starting today through Sept. 19 in honor of the Mexican holiday and its anniversary. The restaurant will serve $15 El Taconayo, a build-your-own taco meal, $15 tequila and Mezcal flights and $4 Coronas and Pacificos today. On Saturday, the restaurant will serve brunch starting at 11:30 a.m. with $5 spicy margaritas, according to a press release.

The full press release, after the jump.

Guajillo opened 15 years ago as one of the first restaurants in the area to serve mole poblano and traditional staples of regional Mexican cuisine. The family owned restaurant will celebrate with a Mexican Independence Day themed menu available from September 15 to 19.

On Tuesday, Guajillo will offer $15 deals such as El Taconazo, a build your own taco platter with five options to choose from: carne asada, fish, al pastor, grilled cactus, lamb, pork carnitas, $15 tequila and Mezcal flights and $4 Coronas and Pacifico will also be available. On Saturday, la fiesta starts at 11:30 am with brunch and $5 spicy ritas. All burrito lovers are invited to beat the record of the Cachudo Challenge, the current record is 20 minutes to finish a 7lb burrito filled with four meats and voodoo habanero salsa. Contest starts at 4pm, whoever gets the best new record will get a chance to win a dinner for two.

All week specials will include the emblematic Chile en Nogada, a roasted poblano pepper stuffed with grass fed beef picadillo, walnut cream sauce and pomegranate; Costillas en Salsa Verde, baby back pork ribs braised in salsa verde and cactus nopalitos and street food specialties such as sopecitos and molotes (Oaxaca style empanadas). Imbibe while you cry Viva Mexico with craft cocktails such as La Piña Borracha (a house brewed fermented tepache mixed with Vida Mezcal, lime and orange bitters and the Waheyo Margarita made with Los Amantes Mezcal, guajillo shrub, lime and passion fruit. The special additions to the menu will be available during dinner and range in price from $10 to $18.

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Photos: Arlington Democrats Chili Cook-off and Pie-Eating Contest

The Arlington County Democratic Committee held its annual Labor Day chili cook-off on Monday.

This year’s event, which was attended by dozens of local Democrats and many of Arlington’s elected officials, included a pie-eating contest.

A number of local Democratic notables participated in a eating contest, which challenged competitors to finish a pie as quickly as possible, without using their hands. Rep. Moran’s son, Patrick, won a decisive victory, followed by Paul Holland in second place and Ben Tribbett in third place.

A panel of judges chose Sheriff Beth Arthur’s “Jailhouse Chili” as the best of the 14 chili entries, but a “popular vote” of attendees resulted in Commissioner of Revenue Ingrid Morroy’s “Taxes Chili with a Caribbean Twist” being named the “top of the ticket.” Among the runners-up in the popular vote were Del. Patrick Hope’s “Hope for the Best” chili, the Rep. Jim Moran “Victory 2012” chili, and Arlington School Board candidate Noah Simon’s “School House Rock” chili.

Other attendees at the event included 2013 Virginia lieutenant governor candidate Aneesh Chopra, state Senator Barbara Favola, County Board member Chris Zimmerman, School Board Chair Dr. Emma Violand-Sanchez, Clerk of the Circuit Court Paul Ferguson, and ACDC Chairman Mike Lieberman.

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