Harrahs Toasted Ravioli Eating Championship

Eater X (Tim Janus), Crazy Legs Conti and Sonya Thomas are expected to travel to St. Louis, MO, attend the Harrah’s World Toasted Ravioli-Eating Championship Co-Presented by Charlie Gitto’s. At stake is a total of $5,000.

The food on the competitive eating table will be the trademark-toasted ravioli of the new Charlie Gitto’s location at Harrah’s St. Louis. This food is difficult to eat in competition and might provide a challenge for those unfamiliar with the dish.

“From what I understand Sonya Thomas is going to eat more toasted ravioli during a 12 minute period than our best customers at Charlie Gitto’s at Harrah’s eat in an entire month -- and that’s saying something,” said Charlie Gitto, the restaurant’s founder.

“Harrah’s St. Louis Casino & Hotel and Charlie Gitto’s are thrilled to bring this exciting form of athletic entertainment to St. Louis,” said Jennifer Weissman, VP Marketing of Harrah’s. “It will be very interesting to see how the nation’s top eaters deal with tackling a Harrah’s St. Louis favorite like Charlie Gitto’s toasted ravioli.”

In conjunction with the event, Harrah’s will host a food drive to benefit the Ethiopian Society. For one week prior to the Harrah’s World Toasted Ravioli-Eating Championship, guests who bring in a canned good will receive Mardi Gras beads.

Various subsidiaries of Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc. own or manage 28 casinos in the United States, primarily under the Harrah’s brand name. Founded 66 years ago, Harrah’s Entertainment is focused on building loyalty and value with its valued customers through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership.

The IFOCE is handling registration and those 18 and over who are interested in competing can call (212) 627-5766 or email

Charlie Gitto’s, a St. Louis dining tradition, opened in 1981 to national acclaim. Harrah's St. Louis Casino & Hotel features seven restaurants, and Charlie Gitto's from the Hill has been on property since March 2004.