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Puerto Vallarta • Riviera Nayarit 

2nd Annual Chili Cook Off Sponsored by American Legion and Navy League

Dennis Rike - American Legion Post 14
March 8, 2014



The American Legion and Navy League are sponsoring their 2nd annual charity chili cook-off featuring more than 15 recipes from a broad range of sponsors, including restaurants and individuals.

This always popular event will be held on Saturday, March 29, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at El Rio Bar and Grill alongside the Cuale River in Paso Ancho.

It's an "all you can eat" chili plus one order of riblets and agua fresca costing just 200 pesos per person. El Rio regular menu items are available for purchase.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance from any of the event's sponsors, including Steve's Sports Bar & Carol's Boutique both on Basilio Badillo in Old Town Vallarta. You won't want to miss this one!

Charities benefiting from the cook off include Proyecto Pitillal Busca Un Amigo which is a non-profit A.C. child care and rehabilitation facility for underprivileged children with Cerebral Palsy, Banderas Bay Women's Shelter, Youth Sports and Community Relations Projects the American Legion and Navy League participate in.

Doors will open at 1:00 pm with Mariachis performing from 1:00 to 2:30 pm. Mikki Prost will take the stage followed by Nacho Daddy's Band.

There will be two classes of judging, one by you, the attendees, with a popular vote to determine 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies. Also, three of Vallarta's top chefs will award a "Grand Chef's Prize."

To become a sponsor and a participant in the cook-off, you must agree to provide at least 5 gallons of your special chili and preferably bring your own heating unit. Call Dennis Rike at (322) 138-8891 or email Dennis at dennis2rike@hotmail.com to sign up as a participant or to get additional information regarding the event.

El Rio Bar and Grill is conveniently located alongside the beautiful Cuale River in Paso Ancho. If coming from the south or El Centro, turn right off the Libramiento just past the bridge and before the new large tunnel. If coming from the north, turn left at the river road past the large tunnel and before the bridge. If traveling by bus, you should take the 04 Blue bus from Old Town (Lazaro Cardenas) to Paso Ancho. Free parking will be available. See the map here.

Projects Completed in 2013

• Proyecto Pitillal Busca un Amigo Day Care Center - Repairs, painting, raise wall & install sidewalk.
• School for the Deaf - Lighting, Fans, Window Protection.
• Boca de Tomatlan Jr. Sr. High School - Water Supply & Repairs to Boys and Girls Bathrooms.
• Santa Barbara Rehabilitation Clinic - Tile roof installation and Painting.
• DIVAC Association for the Handicap - Painting.
• Playgrounds San Vicente del Mar and Guamuchil - Restoration/repairs.
• La Aurora Recreational Park - Painting, repairs and adopted for total upkeep and maintenance.
• Caloso Plaza -  Painting and repairs to the playground.

We hope to see you at the chili cook-off on March 29 for great food, great entertainment and lots of fun while supporting our American Legion and Navy League 2014 projects.

  Learn more about Banderas Bay American Legion Post 14

  Learn more about Navy League of Puerto Vallarta

  Learn more about Project Pitillal, Reach Out to a Friend

  Learn more about Banderas Bay Women’s Shelter

  Learn more about DIVAC Handicap Services of Vallarta

  Learn more about DIF - System for the Development of Family


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