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Milwaukee has been the home of many eating contests, from cream puffs to jalapeños, but OnMilwaukee and FM 102/1 will host the city’s first fish fry eating contest and fundraiser.
The glorious event takes place on Friday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. at O’Lydia’s, 338 S. 1st St., from 5 to 10 p.m.
Folks are invited to come to O’Lydia’s for a fish fry and proceeds of every plate served will go toward Donate Life Wisconsin. O’Lydia’s owner Linda Sackett received a kidney from her son this past summer. Donate Life Wisconsin will be on site to sign up people for the donor list. (The sticker on your license no longer counts!)
To read more about the O’Lydia’s fish fry, go here.
Competitive eaters include myself, Jon Adler from FM 102/1, Fred Gillich from "Too Much Rock For One Hand," bartender extraordinaire Diane Dowland and Nick Berg, the creator of the Milwaukee toast "414 let’s have one more."
Judge Derek Mosley and Milwaukee Blacksmith Kent Knapp will serve as contest judges and Michelle Rutkowski from FM 102/1 will emcee the event.
"The fish fry itself is for a great cause. The fish fry eating contest will be messy and gross and ridiculous and oh my God, I can’t wait," says Rutkowski, a hardcore vegetarian.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.