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Posted at 2:36 PM ET, 04/22/2009

Hey, You Gonna Eat That?

By Fritz Hahn

If you love tater tots, you probably know that you can find them on menus everywhere from neighborhood taverns to hipster sushi bars. But do you love them enough to scarf down two-and-a-half pounds of them in six minutes?

That could be enough to make you the winner of Bar Louie's "Rock the Tots" tater-tot challenge, one of two eating contests that anyone can enter or watch Thursday night. If you're more of a wings fan, you'll want to be at the Rock and Roll Hotel, where you could win up to $100 or just enjoy all-you-can-eat wings from 5 to 11.

Rock the Tots at Bar Louie

When: 8 to 10 p.m.
Number of contestants: 24, competing in three rounds of eight people each.
How to enter: Stop by Bar Louie any time to put your name down and sign a waiver form.
Cost: Free
Top prize: Free tater tots for a year, a $250 Bar Louie gift card, a private party for 20 people and a trophy.
How the contest works: Because it's hard to count how many tater tots a contestant eats, seeing how (a) tater tots are relatively small and (b) you could shove whole handfuls of them in your mouth at once, the judges at Bar Louie will be measuring how many pounds of tots are consumed in six minutes. (Last year's winner at the Penn Quarter restaurant was the one who put away two-and-a-half pounds of them, and the chain's overall champion, from St. Louis, ate about four-and-a-half pounds.) You can dip the tots in various sauces if you'd like, and drinking is allowed while eating.

Food Play: Wing Eating Competition and "Melt Your Face Off" Hot Wing Eating Competition at the Rock and Roll Hotel

When: 9 p.m. to midnight
Number of contestants: 20, in two rounds of ten people each, then a final showdown between the winner of each heat.
How to enter: Sign up will begin around 9 p.m. for both contests.
Cost: Included in the night's $10 cover charge
Top Prize: $100 for wing-eating, $50 for hot-wing contest.
How the contest works: The night begins with the "Melt Your Face Off" hot wing contest, which features "ridiculously hot" wings concocted by the chefs from Sticky Rice. Contestants have eight minutes to eat as many as they can. No water will be allowed -- except for tears of pain.

In the regular wing-eating contest, where water will be available, there'll be two eight-minute heats with 10 contestants each. The winners of the two heats will face off in a late-night "eat off" that will last four minutes.

In addition to the contests, the night features all-you-can-eat wings for everyone from 5 to 11, $2 16-ounce cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon and a "Best Wings on H Street" contest with chefs from different restaurants submitting their favorite recipe to a panel of judges. Upstairs, it's Drunken Jenga as usual.

Organizer Michael McCullough is donating his proceeds to the D.C. nonprofit So Others Might Eat. He envisions holding eating contests at the Hotel several times a year, always benefiting a local charity. "I know food banks and kitchens are having a hard time with this economy," he explains. He's planning on hosting another competition this summer with hamburgers.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | April 22, 2009; 2:36 PM ET
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I love these contests, but tonight? You guys couldn't manage to get the scoop on this say a week ago? When one still had time to plan for it and enter?
A on the info; D- on the timeliness. Thanks for what amounts to being useless information.

Posted by: rasweeney | April 22, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the typo. Both events are Thursday night, not Wednesday night.

Posted by: Fritz Hahn | April 22, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

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