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Tahoe Rotary Club to host International Chili Society divisional cook-off

The Tahoe Douglas Rotary Club is hosting The Great Lake Tahoe Chili Cook-Off, a series of chili cook-off competitions Saturday and Sunday at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa.

Both days will feature International Chili Society (ICS) divisional chili cook-offs as well as local Tahoe People’s Choice cook-offs. All regional restaurants and catering companies are invited to compete in the People’s Choice on Saturday. The Red Hut Cafe is the 2009 defending champion.

Area service clubs and organizations will compete for the Best Team Group Tahoe Chili Championship on Sunday. Individuals and businesses can also compete for the nearly $2,000 in cash and prizes over the weekend.

The Great Lake Tahoe Chili Cook-Off is an annual fundraiser for the Tahoe Douglas Rotary Club, which contributes $30,000 to $40,000 in scholarships and grants to local nonprofits each year. Tickets for the Rotary Club’s annual drawing for a week’s deluxe condo accommodations in Hawaii will also be available.

In addition to a live rock ‘n’ roll band and a few surprises, the cook-off weekend at MontBleu will feature a major arts and crafts fair. Chili, burgers, hot dogs, other food booths and cold libations will be available.

Chili tasting kits will be on-sale for $5, allowing the public to taste a wide variety of chili recipes and then vote for their favorite in the People’s Choice competition. The ICS cook-offs compete with red and green chili and salsa. They will be judged daily by a selected panel of judges. People’s Choice tasting begins at 11 a.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

To register as a chili cook-off participant or for additional event or ICS information, contact Rotarians Brian Williams at (775) 588-5717 or John McDougall at (530) 544-0121. The Tahoe Douglas Rotary Club meets Fridays at noon at MontBleu.

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