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Vallarta charities host Chili Cookoff

The sixth annual Charity Chili Cook-Off is set for Saturday, February 24, 1-5 p.m. at El Rio BBQ Bar in Paso Ancho in Puerto Vallarta.

pg28bThe event is an all-you-can-eat chili feast, featuring recipes from some 16 popular Puerto Vallara area bar/restaurants and sponsors — all competing for trophies and bragging rights. There are two categories of chili judging — one by popular vote from attendees and one by professional judges. Space is still available for a couple of more entries. Anyone interested in participating by making their own five gallons of chili, please contact Donna Wong at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cost of the entry is 250 pesos per person. In addition to all that chili, an order of El Rio’s famous smoked riblets and an agua fresca are also included. Regular El Rio menu items will also be available for purchase. Entertainment will be provided by several cookin’ musical groups.

Two bottles of PATRON Tequila will be raffled off. Bring a non-perishable food item for one free raffle ticket (one ticket per donated item). Food will be distributed to those in need.

All proceeds from the cook-off go to local charities and the community: Estancia Sabrina Projecto Busca un Amigo A.C. (Day care center for children with disabilities); DIF New Life Home for Boys (young boys who have had a troubled past); scholarships to play Torpedos American Football, and the Jay Sadler Project Community Relations (COMREL) program, which provides necessary resources to improve various charities and non-profit institutions in the Banderas Bay area.


DIF is a Mexican public institution of social assistance that focuses on strengthening and developing the welfare of Mexican families. Torpedos American Football A.C. facilitates Pop Warner youth football for boys and girls ages 7 to 17. Donations are made for equipment. This year, one of the boys was awarded a full scholarship to Monterrey Institute of Technology to play football.

The Jay Sadler Project is an approved IJAH Charity and works with the Foundation Punta de Mita. Jay Sadler Community Relations Projects A.C. has completed 100 projects over the last five years. The Foundation can issue a tax deductible 501 C receipt for donations from the U.S. and similar receipts for donations received from Canada and Mexico.  See jaysadlerproject.com.

This year the chairman for the cookoff is Jim Sullivan; emcees are Pearl Burrus and Vera Carp, two of the 22 zany characters from Greater Tuna, a satirical comedy about small towns, small minds and big hearts, now playing at Incanto in Puerto Vallarta. All 22 characters are portrayed by two men, Tracy Parks and Ron Spencer. There are 42 lightning fast costume changes in the show, which will keep you laughing from start to finish. For tickets, please visit incantovallarta.com.

Confirmed professional judges for the event are Gary Beck, Paul Mayer, Matt McCue and Jim Lee. For more information, contact Dennis Rike of the Jay Sadler Project (jaysadlerproject.com) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cookoff tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance from any of the event’s sponsors: Nacho Daddy, Captain Don’s, Casa Anita, DZ Route 66, Escondida Sports Bar, Kelly’s Pour Favor, Luke’s Bar, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Lighthouse Specialty Foods, El Torito Sports Bar, 104.3 Radio Station, Torpedos American Football and Navy League/R.I.S.E.

El Rio BBQ is located in Paso Ancho, in a beautiful setting alongside the Cuale River. Doors open at 1 p.m. Directions: from the south or El Centro/Old Town, take the Libramiento through the small tunnel, then turn right at the signal just past the bridge. From the north, turn left at the signal after the large tunnel and just before the bridge. Free parking will be available. The 04 Blue bus from Old Town, which you can catch on Lazaro Cardenas, drops you off at El Rio’s front entrance.

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