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Gilroy's Slammer Pizza Challenge 

When: Wed., June 8 2011
Phone: (843) 937-9200
At first, 28 inches of Gilroy’s pizza does not seem like much. The average Charlestonian could easily pack that away after a night of drinking, right? But then add five toppings, an hour in which to eat it, and a $500 prize if you finish, and suddenly the task seems a bit daunting — even though you’re attempting it with another person. Gilroy’s has watched more than 60 teams of two try their hardest to complete the Pizza Slammer Challenge, where you’re given 60 minutes to devour every single bite of the pie, plus keep it down. RiverDogs announcer Danny Reed will be making his best attempt at it on Wednesday. After a public search, he’s partnering with Will Bond from James Island, a “lifelong pizza eater and lover.” “I’m looking forward to tackling the Gilroy’s Slammer Challenge and am excited to see how we do,” Reed says. “This is my first experience with a food challenge and the guys at Gilroy’s have been great to work with.” Unfortunately, the odds are against him. Only one team has ever succeeded; manager Jack Ingle tells us they were from a New York ’80s cover band, and while they technically won, after the time was up, it wasn’t long before someone puked.
— Susan Cohen


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