Ruthie & Gussie/Empire Kosher Matzo Ball Contest

Ruthie & Gussie’s, the world’s premier Kvetch-Proof ready-to-cook kosher food line, and Empire Kosher, the world's largest producer of kosher poultry has announced that it will hold The Ruthie & Gussie’s/Empire Kosher Matzo Ball-Eating Championship at the Friar’s Club in New York City, 57 E. 55th St., at 1 p.m. on April 20, 2005.

The Ruthie & Gussie's/ Empire Kosher Matzo Ball-Eating Championship, which is sanctioned by the International Federation of Competitive Eating, will showcase the greatest competitive eaters in America in a 10-minute, all-you-can-eat contest.

Eric “Badlands” Booker, Cookie Jarvis, Don Moses Lerman, Allen Goldstein, and Hungry Charles Hardy are expected to compete.

The event will feature matzo balls from the official “kvetch-proof” Ruthie & Gussie’s recipe cooked in chicken soup made with great tasting Empire Kosher chickens. While filling, the delicious matzo balls are considered light, delicate and fast by competitive eaters.

“This event will finally solve the one question that has plagued matzo ball connoisseurs for years. “Is it easier to eat a floater or a sinker?” said Steve Gold of Ruthie & Gussie’s.

About Ruthie & Gussie’s

It all began when Steve, son of Ruthie and nephew of Gussie Rados, won top honors at the 1997 James Beard Foundation Latke Lovers Cook-Off and was bombarded with requests for the recipe so he decided to package it as a batter for the convenience of all. In December 2003, Ruthie and Gussie gave the world the gift of their cherished family recipes with the introduction of the Ruthie & Gussie’s line. The “kvetch proof” line makes traditional homemade-style kosher delicacies that are quick and simple to prepare including Traditional Potato Pancake Batter, Traditional Sweet Potato Pancake Batter and Traditional Kugel Batter. Ruthie & Gussie’s products come frozen and ready-to-cook, and are kosher for Passover. The Ruthie & Gussie’s product line is sold in specialty gourmet food stores, kosher shops and supermarkets and is available nationwide throughout the year on the company’s website at For more information please contact Steve Gold, President Manager at 845-639-1121 or

About Empire Kosher Poultry, Inc.

Empire Kosher Poultry, Inc. is the largest kosher poultry producer in the world, and has its facilities in central Pennsylvania. Empire® produces kosher chickens and kosher turkeys through a fully integrated process starting with breeder farms, egg hatchery, feed mill, grow out houses and processing facilities. Through this fully vertically integrated approach Empire® continues to deliver the highest quality poultry products available anywhere. For more information please contact Ms. Neenah Lauver, Product Manager at 717-436-5921, Ext. 327 or

The IFOCE is handling registration.