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'Man v. Food' films at Betty's Pies

Casey Webb (right), host of the Travel Channel's "Man v. Food," films an interview with Ethan Casady of Two Harbors at Betty's Pies for an upcoming episode. Casady attempted the "Pig's Trough" food challenge, but had to quit after 14 minutes. (Jimmy Lovrien/Lake County News-Chronicle)1 / 3
Betty's Pies, just north of Two Harbors on Highway 61, was the location of a recent visit by "Man v. Food" TV crews. The episode will air on the Travel Channel in late summer. (Jimmy Lovrien/Lake County News-Chronicle)2 / 3
Lane Cavallin is interviewed by Casey Webb over a piece of pie. Cavallin also attempted the "Pig's Trough" recently, but couldn't finish. All he had left were the pie crusts, he said. Webb took part in the challenge later that day. (Jimmy Lovrien/Lake County News-Chronicle)3 / 3

Casey Webb, host of the Travel Channel's "Man v. Food," and his crew descended on Betty's Pies this week to film a segment.

In each episode, Webb participates in a restaurant's eating challenge, which are typically large portions of food that must be finished in a certain amount of time.

His challenge at the pie shop near Two Harbors? The "Pig's Trough:" Four slices of pie, four scoops of ice cream, a pound of various toppings, whipped cream and a whole banana — all drizzled with caramel and chocolate.

The "Pig's Trough" (Jimmy Lovrien, Lake County News-Chronicle) If a customer can finish the challenge within 20 minutes, they earn a T-shirt.

"It's so fun, they're just so fun," Carl Ehlenz, co-owner of Betty's Pies, said during the filming Wednesday.

The idea for the Pig's Trough originated from the original "Man v. Food" series, which starred a different host, but has been on the menu at Betty's Pies for the last five years or so, Ehlenz said.

In December, the restaurant was contacted by representatives from the show who asked to see a photo of the Pigs Trough. When they saw it, they promised to film an episode at the restaurant in April.

On Wednesday, crews descended on the restaurant, a North Shore landmark, to film interviews with several people who had attempted the challenge. Webb then took part in that challenge later in the day.

Betty's Pies encouraged customers to eat lunch at the restaurant and offered them a 25 percent discount.

The crew also stopped at the Northern Waters Smokehaus and Breeze Inn in Duluth.

The Betty's Pies episode could air in August or late summer, a crew member said, but the exact schedule is unknown.

Jimmy Lovrien

Jimmy Lovrien is a reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. He spent the summer of 2015 as an intern for the Duluth News Tribune and was hired full time in October 2017 as a reporter for the Weekly Observer. He also reported for the Lake County News-Chronicle in 2017-18. Lovrien grew up in Alexandria, Minn., but moved to Duluth in 2013 to attend The College of St. Scholastica. Lovrien graduated from St. Scholastica in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in English and history. He also spent a summer studying journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

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