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Crawfish Eating Contest for Charity at Cactus

Second Annual Fat Tuesday Event in the Financial District

Fat Tuesday, February 21
6 p.m.

Contestants: $25 entrance fee (will be donated to Habit for Humanity)

Cheer Them On: event is free to attend

Cactus Bar and Grill will hold their second annual crawfish eating contest for charity on Tuesday, February 21. This Fat Tuesday event, taking place in the Financial District, will encourage competitors to consume three pounds of crawfish in the fastest amount of time possible. All proceeds, including the $25 entrance fee, will benefit Habitat for Humanity of New Orleans.

Contestants will be divided into four heats, and the winner of each heat will compete in a final round. All competitors will receive a Cactus t-shirt. First place will be awarded a $50 gift certificate to Cactus Bar and Grill, second place a table top grill, and third place a Corona metal beer cooler. Plenty of Mardi Gras accessories, such as beads and masks, will be delved out to the crowd.

Cactus will offer a variety of specials throughout Fat Tuesday week (February 20, 21 22, 23, 24):

$5 pints of Louisiana’s local beer, Abita Purple Haze – $1 from each Purple Haze sold will be donated to Habitat for Humanity NOLA;

$5 Hurricanes;

$5 SoCo Lime shots;

$4 cup, $6 bowl Shrimp and Crawfish Gumbo;

$10 Shrimp Po Boy with side;

$12 Crawfish Boil Platter.

To reserve a spot in the crawfish competition, please visit DontDrinkAndTrade.com. For more information, call Cactus’ event line at 312.922.8025.

Since its inception in 1983, NOAHH has been working in partnership with hard working, low-income families in New Orleans to build and finance new, safe, affordable homes. The program makes homeownership possible for families who are unable to qualify for traditional home loans but have a stable job, good or no credit, and the willingness to contribute 350 hours of sweat equity to the building of Habitat homes.New Orleans continues to rebuild housing that was destroyed by the devastating flooding of Hurricane Katrina. NOAHH has become a beacon of hope in this rebuilding process by recruiting and deploying tens of thousands of volunteers to construct new homes in damaged, blighted neighborhoods. With the support of our volunteers, donors, and partners across the country and even the world, NOAHH’s homebuilding capacity has increased annually since 2005. New Orleans is a city with historically low rates of homeownership and high levels of poverty, yet it is a place of resiliency, hope, and cultural vibrancy.With a spirit of renewal, NOAHH is rising to the challenges presented by a substandard housing stock and is helping many to realize their dream of homeownership. http://habitat-nola.org

Cactus Bar and Grill
404 S. Wells
Chicago, IL

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Have a Ball at Timothy O’Toole’s’ Second Annual Turkey Testicle Festival

Back-to-Back Eating Competitions on Black Wednesday

Black Wednesday, November 23
Turkey Testicle Eating Contest, 9:00 p.m.
Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest, 11:00 p.m.

No cost to participate

Timothy O’Toole’s Second Annual Turkey Testicle Festival kicks off at 9:00 p.m. on Black Wednesday, November 23. The winner of the Turkey Testicle Eating Contest will receive a whole frozen turkey to prepare for their own Thanksgiving Day feast. For those who are less daring, but still willing to compete, the pub will hold a Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest at 11:00 p.m., with the winner receiving a $25 gift certificate.

Chef Corey Grupe has prepared a bevy of appropriately themed menu specials, including a “bucket of balls” (deep fried turkey testicles with your choice of dipping sauce), an open faced hot turkey sandwich, turkey panini and slices of pumpkin pie. Complete menu specials are outlined below.

Black Wednesday’s drink specials include $4 Jameson shots, $2 Miller Lite and Coors Light pints and half-price Guinness “Blacklist” drafts. The spirit of competition will continue throughout the evening, as all guest are welcome to enjoy complimentary pool, darts, jumbo jenga and board games.

Black Wednesday Menu Specials

Bucket of Balls
deep fried turkey testicles with your choice of dipping sauce, $6.99

Open Faced Hot Turkey Sandwich
served on thick egg bread with mashed potatoes & gravy, corn &cranberry sauce, $9.99

Turkey Panini
turkey breast topped with bacon, jack cheese &cranberry mayo, $8.99

Pumpkin Pie
topped with whipped cream, $3.99

NOTE: Timothy O’Toole’s will be open on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, during regular business hours (11 a.m.- 3 a.m.). The following day, “Black Friday” November 25, the Pub will open for brunch at 9:00 a.m. Stop in for bottomless mimosas and bloody marys, before or after your holiday shopping extravaganza!

Timothy O’Toole’s
622 North Fairbanks Court
Chicago, IL 60611

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“Dawgs for Dogs” Hot Dog Eating Contest at Franklin Tap

Event to Benefit Chicago Canine Rescue

Wednesday, July 13
6 p.m.

$25, includes seat at the contest table and souvenir shirt
(entire fee donated to Chicago Canine Rescue)

How many hot dogs can you eat in only three minutes? Find out for fun, and for a good cause, on Wednesday, July 13 at Franklin Tap. The Loop restaurant and tap will welcome Chicago Canine Rescue and fellow attendees for “Dawgs for Dogs,” a hot dog eating contest complete with on-site pet adoption, raffle prizes and plenty of good feelings.

The eating contest winner will be announced by event emcee and pet expert, Steve Dale (syndicated radio host and columnist), and will receive – what else – a hot dog grilling package (grill, utensils, hot dogs, and more). Summer-theme raffle prizes will be awarded, including grills, beach chairs, gift baskets and gift certificates. Imported bottled beers will be $4 (fifty-cents from each sold will be donated to CCR).

Chicago Canine Rescue will be on site discussing their mission and introducing some of the pets they currently have available for adoption. Spectators (free to attend) are more than welcome to come by and pet a few pooches, enjoy a brew and cheer on the competitive eaters. The event starts at 6 p.m.

Franklin Tap
325 South Franklin
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 212-3262

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