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Confessions of a Social Eater

By Tim Palmer March 01, 2019

I admit it! My name is Tim, and I am a social eater. At the time of starting this blog post, it has been 45 minutes since I last ate socially.

People laugh whenever I tell them that I'm a social eater, but that is the only way I can explain it. If eating by myself, I'm a simple eater.  For example, I could have a small bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, maybe a sandwich for lunch, and a homemade bean burrito for dinner. But you get me with friends and I tend to lose control! 

I'm not kidding -  I used to do triathlons regularly just to keep up with my eating habit!  New employees on average gain about 15 pounds in their first month working with me.

And when you are known to be a social eater like me, food challenges just seem to happen.  Here are two stories where my love of pizza, and my reputation as a social eater, landed me in a food eating contest!

My first official pizza eating challenge was when I was a Boy Scout leader. During a week-long trip with the Scouts, Corbin, a big, rough, and tough rugby player, suggested an eating contest as one of our planned events. Of course, I was on board, so we headed over to Fox's Pizza Den in Myrtle Beach, SC.  The challenge was for three people to eat a 30-inch pizza in less than an hour.  Corbin teamed up with his brother and dad and I recruited my 15-year-old son, Tyler and his 16-year-old friend, Cameron and we went head-to-head in the pizza eating challenge. Corbin's team gave up, but my team completed the challenge! We went on the wall of fame, and they went on the wall of shame! And I have the T-shirt to prove it.

My second pizza-eating contest was at a talent show, of all places. The MC of the talent show opened up by explaining that Jarod, Carlos, and I would sit at the table set to the left side of the stage and show off our talent of eating by completing the carnivore challenge. If you're not familiar with the carnivore challenge at Big Pie in the Sky Pizzeria, it is an 11-pound pizza covered in meat. The three of us started eating and the talent show moved onto different acts – once in a while coming back to check on our progress. I actually had to stop eating for a little while to perform a song with the little band that we put together – and then had to go back to eating. There was no t-shirt for this contest, but we did reward ourselves with a Snickers bar!

When my brother, Greg, and I decided to start a business, I have to admit that my stomach did much of the thinking. Our goal was to help people enjoy an outdoor social lifestyle in their backyards, and I just couldn't think of a way to do that without involving food! I guess that's why I've been telling friends that Yardity has everything for the backyard - from pizza gardens to pizza ovens.
We hope to inspire you to become a backyard brick oven pizza enthusiast!

Tim Palmer
Co-owner at Yardity


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