Seasonal Special Happenings

Beefcakes Bickel Goes for Record at Cleats

When: Thu., Dec. 9 2010

Cleveland's own competitive eater, Scott "Beefcakes" Bickel, goes for the world wing-eating record tonight at Cleats Club Seat Grille in Strongsville. The burly 20-year-old hopes to down 242 wings — a whopping 16 pounds — in one 90-minute sitting, besting the current record of 241. Despite a recently diagnosed jaw injury, Bickel is confident he will prevail. After all, he managed to pack away the entire "2 for $20" menu last month at Strongsville's Applebee's, consuming eight entrées, five apps, and an astonishing 23,000 calories! His résumé also includes speed-eating his way through the five-pound grilled cheese platter at Melt Bar and Grilled, and putting away an eight-pound "monster" burger at Cleats. As for his jaw prognosis, Bickel is somewhat less optimistic. "People don't realize how physically demanding this sport is. I train very hard, but all this purposeful eating has taken its toll. I just might have to retire." Catch him — possibly for the last time — tonight at 7 p.m. at Cleats Club Seat Grille, 15147 Pearl Rd. in Strongsville; call 440-238-9464 for more information. — Cicora

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