It’s time for Tony Roma’s annual rib-eating competition, and Aug. 15 is the last day for sign-ups.
It’s a traditional scarf fest for Tony Roma’s, taking place in select locations around the country. Lucky for hungry hopefuls in Orlando, I-Drive is one of them.
“The rib-eating competition is a staple of Tony Roma’s history, with the first held in 1987,” says Managing Partner Michelle Sweat. “Since then, Tony Roma’s restaurants around the world have held local competitions.”
They brought it back to Orlando in 2017. The third annual event for I-Drive takes place on Aug. 25.
The beneficiary of all this hedonistic gurgitating is the Make-A-Wish foundation, which Sweat says is a wonderful partner for the company.
“Tony Roma’s has long been a place for families to enjoy time together, so supporting causes focused on children and families is important to us.” The organization’s global presence makes it easy for Tony Roma’s international restaurants to work with local chapters, as well.
It’s not an all-you-can-eat affair, but it’s timed. Competitors are given 4 pounds of ribs and three minutes to eat it. Last year’s winner ate his way through almost all of it, leaving just .2 ounces when the buzzer went off.
“The best candidates,” says Sweat, “are rib lovers who don’t mind getting saucy!”