Burger eating competition Saturday at Ducey's

January 21, 2014 

Not many people remember the name of the lake portrayed in the 1988 Universal Studios summer film, "The Great Outdoors," starring John Candy and Dan Aykroyd, and filmed in part at Bass Lake — it was Lake Potowotominimac.

A scene in the movie had Chet Riply, played by Candy, eating the Ol' 96er, a 96-ounce steak. The Pines Resort, 26 years after the 1988 Universal Studios release of the film, is paying homage to Riply and his feat, with another gastronomical challenge — The Great 96er Eating Challenge at 1:30 p.m. this Saturday, at Ducey's Bar & Grill.

The challenge - eat a nine-patty cheese burger and a half pound of French fries in under 30 minutes. The burger is 'constructed' with nine 1/3 pound Angus beef patties, six one-ounce slices of Cheddar cheese, served with one pound of fries, topped with Ducey's signature Blazing Saddles Sauce.

The Great 96er was designed by Ducey's Executive Chef Johnathan Frabotta.

"No one had a food challenge around and I thought it would be a great way to pay tribute to John Candy and The Great Outdoors," Frabotta said.

The enormous burger is $29.95 or free to those who can consume the burger in 30 minutes or less.

"We have had a handful of people try and only one actually did it under a half hour, said Pines Resort Food and Beverage Director Tony Diaz. "It's always funny to see the reactions on people's faces as chef brings the nine-patty burger to the table."

The winner of the Great 96er Eating Challenge will receive a cash prize, eternal glory on the Wall of Fame, a one-night stay at The Pines Resort, with dinner for two, and a t-shirt. Cash prizes and gift cards will also be awarded to the second and third-place winner. Sign-ups will be held from noon-1 p.m., with the eating competition beginning at 1:30 p.m. There is a $35 registration fee.

Details: Erin Capuchino, (559) 642-3121 ext. 438, ecapuchino@basslake.com.

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