Hoagie contestants to put money where mouths are to aid youths

August 27, 1999|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

When Tony D'Eugenio serves his signature hoagie sandwich -- an 8-inch roll stuffed with Italian cold cuts, imported cheeses and juicy olives -- he does not usually ask how many you can eat.

He will tomorrow.

More than a dozen hearty diners will vie for the title of champion hoagie eater at D'Eugenio's Giulianova Groceria on Westminster's Main Street.

Based on years of experience, he figures nobody can down more than six in 30 minutes, but he is preparing for contingencies. He has 216 rolls on order for his first hoagie-eating contest.

"I can push down two, but that is really overdoing it," he said. "I am looking for these guys to show me how to do more."

D'Eugenio has organized the contest to supply budding but impoverished musicians with restored clarinets, flutes, tubas or cymbals.

All proceeds benefit the Carroll County Arts Council's Musical Instrument Bank, which gives chil- dren whose families cannot afford instruments a chance to play percussion, woodwinds or horns.

More than a dozen diners, all at least 18 years old, will stuff themselves for 30 minutes. They have signed a release absolving the store of responsibility for digestive problems.

Contest rules are few but inviolate. Once contestants sit down, they don't get up.

Competitors have 10 seconds between hoagies and cannot alter the sandwiches.

Water will be provided for drinking only. No dipping rolls to soften them.

To spur appetites, an Italian tenore will croon opera and Italian folk tunes.

Several contestants have sponsors whose pledges to the arts council will spice the competition. Spectators are welcome to cheer the diners.

To the victor goes a gift certificate for more hoagies, an arts council T-shirt and a bottle of antacid.

The contest starts at 2 p.m., 11 E. Main St. Information: 410-876- 7425.

Pub Date: 8/27/99

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