Something Different: A Thanksgiving Burrito Challenge to Benefit Paul’s Place in Pigtown

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Teams of two will come ready to battle tonight at Blue Agave in Federal Hill, stuffing their faces in the name of helping a Southwest Baltimore charity.

The official titled “Thanksgiving 4 Lb. Burrito Eating Challenge” will have a simple, but ambitious goal for the participants: Eat your share of a four-pound burrito stuffed with Thanksgiving staples – turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and corn – and topped with gravy.

The teams that have registered are representing Federal Hill bars and restaurants, including Banditos Bar & Kitchen, 101 Deli Bar, Pub Dog, the new One-Star Country Club and eight others.

Joe Breeden, manager of Blue Agave, said each team has already donated $100, with all of the buy-in going to benefit Paul’s Place, a Pigtown-based charity that feeds and provides clothing, showers, laundry, a nurse’s clinic and other services to clients in Southwest Baltimore.

Breeden said the idea began as merely a fun seasonal promotion, but turned into an opportunity to eat massive amounts of food for a cause. “Make it something special,” he said they reasoned.

As for the unique choice of entree, it came naturally, he said. Blue Agave is already known for its four-pound burrito challenge year-round, but the staff brainstormed a way to make it fit the season.

“Any day of the year you can stop in and eat a four-pound burrito,” he said. “I thought, ‘What if we did a turkey burrito, and what if we did it as the challenge?’”

Tragedy last week added another piece to kick off the challenge. Alex “Albo” Wroblewski, a bartender at The Rowhouse Grille in Fed Hill, was fatally shot last Tuesday during a robbery outside the Royal Farms outside the Anthem House in Locust Point. He was a regular at Blue Agave (among other Fed Hill bars), and had replied on a Facebook event posting that he’d be attending.

In his memory, all in attendance will share a Jameson toast.

“It just feels right to do something simple and have a toast, and have it in his honor,” Breeden said. “That’s something that we think he would have really appreciated.”

The Four-Pound Thanksgiving Burrito-Eating Challenge kicks off at 8 p.m. at Blue Agave, located at 1032 Light Street. Click here for more info.

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