Matzomania

Fans of competitive eating and matzo, I do believe I stumbled into your dream photo assignment yesterday.

The folks at Maxie’s Deli in Stoughton put together a Matzo Mania matzo ball eating contest to raise money for New England Sinai’s Alzheimer’s day program, and sure enough, I had the pleasure of starting my Sunday shift for the Boston Herald getting pictures of people jamming unleavened bread balls down their gullets. From what the organizers told me, the event was a resounding success, packing about 100 people into the restaurant to watch 18 competitors and raising more than $5,000 for the hospital.

Success for the competitors came in the form of winner Joe Menchetti of Cheshire, Conn., who downed 51 matzo balls within the 8-minute timel limit. Then again, everyone was a winner in my book if they didn’t have to use the barf buckets…

Stoughton, Mass. -- Scott Krawitz, 30, of Seekonk, struggles to down a matzo ball at Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011. The benefit raised more than $5,000 for New England Sinai Hospital's Alzheimer's day program, with approximately 100 people in attendance, event coordinator Faith Weiner said. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

4/10/2011 -- STOUGHTON, Mass. -- Scott Krawitz, 30, of Seekonk, struggles to down a matzo ball at Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011. The benefit raised more than $5,000 for New England Sinai Hospital's Alzheimer's day program, with approximately 100 people in attendance, event coordinator Faith Weiner said.


Stoughton, Mass. -- Cooks prepare a load of matzo balls for Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011. The benefit raised more than $5,000 for New England Sinai Hospital's Alzheimer's day program, with approximately 100 people in attendance, event coordinator Faith Weiner said. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

4/10/2011 -- STOUGHTON, Mass. -- Cooks prepare a load of matzo balls for Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011.


Stoughton, Mass. -- Liam Burt, 29, of East Boston, center left, and Scott Krawitz, 30, of Seekonk, center right, dive into their trays at Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011. The benefit raised more than $5,000 for New England Sinai Hospital's Alzheimer's day program, with approximately 100 people in attendance, event coordinator Faith Weiner said. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

4/10/2011 -- STOUGHTON, Mass. -- Liam Burt, 29, of East Boston, center left, and Scott Krawitz, 30, or Seekonk, center right, dive into their trays at Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011


Stoughton, Mass. -- Candace Taralla shuttles a tray of matzo balls to contestants in Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011. The benefit raised more than $5,000 for New England Sinai Hospital's Alzheimer's day program, with approximately 100 people in attendance, event coordinator Faith Weiner said. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

4/10/2011 -- STOUGHTON, Mass. -- Candace Taralla shuttles a tray of matzo balls to contestants in Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011.


Stoughton, Mass. -- Jesse Barnett, 41, of Easton, struggles to keep food down at Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011. The benefit raised more than $5,000 for New England Sinai Hospital's Alzheimer's day program, with approximately 100 people in attendance, event coordinator Faith Weiner said. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

4/10/2011 -- STOUGHTON, Mass. -- Jesse Barnett, 41, of Easton, struggles to keep food down at Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011.


Stoughton, Mass. -- Jaron Golb, 23, of Brockton, digs into his tray at Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011. The benefit raised more than $5,000 for New England Sinai Hospital's Alzheimer's day program, with approximately 100 people in attendance, event coordinator Faith Weiner said. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

4/10/2011 -- STOUGHTON, Mass. -- Jaron Golb, 23, of Brockton, digs into his tray at Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011.


Stoughton, Mass. -- Jordan Golb, 25, left, holds in a "reversal" as his brother, Jaron Golb, 23, both of Brockton, presses on at Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011. The benefit raised more than $5,000 for New England Sinai Hospital's Alzheimer's day program, with approximately 100 people in attendance, event coordinator Faith Weiner said. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

4/10/2011 -- STOUGHTON, Mass. -- Jordan Golb, 25, left, holds in a "reversal" as his brother, Jaron Golb, 23, both of Brockton, presses on at Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011.

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