“I totally bring it, as far as my love of cheese,” said Oliver Butler, the avant-garde theater type from Red Hook who prevailed in last year’s cheese-eating contest—the brainchild of shmancy foodie destination Stinky Bklyn—by eating half a pound of French Cantal in two minutes. “It’s really more technique than anything,” continued the beguiling Mr. Butler. “You start eating the cheese and it turns into a gelatinous glue in your mouth. You want to send it down, but it works against you. Cheese is a very competitive food. It actually makes it harder to eat. Hot dogs don’t work against you. Cheese, you’ll turn into a block of stone if you stop.
[Stinky Bklyn Cheese Eating Contest, Smith & Vine, 268 Smith Street, 3 p.m., 718-522-7425]