Philadelphia

JNFuture: SHANKS FOR THE MEMORY, I won’t be eating Wings for awhile.


The Wing Bowl may have been 3 weeks ago, but last night the Jewish National Fund crowned two wing-eating champions at the 2nd Annual “Shank Bowl” at Finnegan’s wake. You may recall that “The Hungry, Hungry Jew” Adam Taxin was to compete in the Annual Wing Bowl at the Wachovia Center, but at the last minute pulled out because of religious dietary concerns; he’s kosher and the wings were not. Last night not a problem as the wings were provided by Max and David’s Kosher Restaurant in Elkins Park, Pa. and as the reigning champion it was his duty to defend his title.

Our hosts were Rachel Baum and Joel Frisch of the JNF (Jewish National Fund), flanking my girl Hadas Kuznits and the MC of the night (Not pictured for no good reason Marlo & Mike R.)
The contestants and their entourages parade thru the crowd
and celebrate the night with great expectations on them being crowned 2010 Shank Bowl Champion.

The competition was fierce. The men would go 3 – 5 minute rounds eating the most wings.
The women 1 round for 5 minutes. Here are a few of them prepping for the big contest. I forgot my notepad so these name cards aren’t going to to me any good, but the pixs tell a thousand words. (Is that Natalie Portman in the T white shirt?)
and a few minutes later
The crowd cheered wildly for their favorite contestant, most were close friends, roommates and almost all of them were separated by no more than 2 degrees of attending the same summer camp, or friends who went to that camp.
Amy Liever is roommates with two of the girls competing in the competition. With her on her left is Kim Racicot and Clare Herlihy, Marketing dept of Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia (Thanks Clare for reading PCC)
Cuties, applying for the amazing race. Abby Feiner, Allison freedman. Abby is my #1 fan she tells me, thanks:)
Also in the crowd was Gregg Kravitz, who is the only democratic challenger against Babette Josephs. Gregg main campaign is to create effectiveness, drive an agenda, something he says Babette hasn’t done. Isn’t it time for improvement? With him is Leah Greenspoon and Phila Film Festival’s Jared Miller. Who tells me that next week the Phila Films Society will release the lists of films coming to the 3 Day Pennsylvania Hospital Sponsored festival 4/9 – 4/12
Radio host Adam Taxin, who is the reigning champ defending his title.Hadas with some of the contestants.
The Rabbi counts on both hands the number of children he has that added with 6 would be the total. Octo Rabbi.
And they’re off. What’s really amazing here is that it seems that no one has dropped any of the chicken sauce on their shirts. My shirt would be splattered and yearning for a wash, and I definitely don’t rush thru my meals like these boys just did.
Contestants are eliminated after each round for having the lowest number of KOSHER wings consumed. Almost the entire bottom row or peeps are gone, and on the top rowwhat no more Adam Taxin, what happened? I thought he would fight for his reign. He’s gonna give up all those appearances that come with the title, as well as the money prize which I think was $200
Then it’s over and we rest and the judges begin to count,
making sure 85% of the wing meat is consumed. (YUCK)
I go out to visit one of the sponsors. You know I am supposed to be Philly’s Cupcake expert and I have never had a Buttercream one before (my results will be another day)
Former contestant and not a winner Erika Myer and Paige Levin
and the winner is
Ben Jablonski who ate 66 wings in 15 minutes, he receives congratulation and $90 from Venmo which he texted to him two his phone. Very Cool.
Congratulations Mr and Miss Shank Wing Bowl 2010 – Ben Jablonski tells me this is his lucky hat as he wore it when he climb Mt Everett. He’s a real adventurous girls, he just got back from the Philippines where he went cliff diving. Ben, resides in Manhattan and is the JNFuture Founder and National Chair, w/JNF’s national and global initiatives. Ben tells me that he was listening to Bad Romance and then “Eye of the Tiger” for the last two minutes on the IPod for inspiration.
Most of the contestants posed for a group shot at the end of the night. The missing folks may well be in the bathroom throwing up or sprawled out on the floor.

Sorry I didn’t get to all the posts I that you are probably waiting for; as for the WMGK Comfort Food event last Thursday, the winner was finally published in the paper, but MK didn’t use the photo, so I am no free to go ahead with that. I don’t always have to wait, but something that includes a winner I would probably wait on, I wouldn’t want to do the entry w/o that info. Also will post Oscar viewing event Monday. So that will be two again. Also I have restaurant news I want to post, so maybe over the weekend and I will Tweet it. Too many events, I just need to catch up, whew. have a great weekend. Hughe