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American Legion 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off Festival at El Rio BBQ

Dennis Rike - American Legion Post 14
February 24, 2015

Update: And the Winners are...

Professional Judging:   
• 1st - Nacho Daddy (#1)                
• 2nd - American Legion (#12)
• 3rd - Murphy's Irish Pub (#16)

Popularity Vote:
• 1st - Hotel Casa Anita (#17)
• 2nd - Escondida (#15)
• 3rd - Nacho Daddy (#1)

The American Legion Post 14 of Puerto Vallarta are sponsoring their 3nd annual charity chili cook-off featuring more than 19 recipes from a broad range of sponsors, including restaurants and individuals.

This always popular event will be held on Saturday, March 14th from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at El Rio BBQ Bar alongside the Cuale River in Paso Ancho.

It's "all you can eat" chili plus one order of riblets and fruit water for only 200 pesos per person. El Rio regular menu items are also available for purchase. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance from any of the event's sponsors, including Post 14 Hqd. at Steve's Sports Bar on Basilio Badillo. You won't want to miss this one!

Charities benefiting from the cook-off include Banderas Bay Women's Shelter, Youth Sports, benefiting Torpedos American Football (Pop Warner 6 to 17), DIF New Life Home for Boys and Community Relations Projects of the American Legion.

Doors will open at 1:00 pm. Mariachis will perform from 12:30 to 2:00 then Mikki Prost, Murphy's Dave Whitty & Matt Cooke and finishing the entertainment with Nacho Daddy's Texas Embassy Blues Band.
There will be two classes of judging. Popularity vote by the attendees to determine 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies and also Professional judging to determine a "Grand Chef's Prize" trophy.

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 bring your own heating unit. Call Dennis Rike at (322) 138-8891 or dennis2rike@hotmail.com to sign up as a participant or to get additional information regarding the event.

El Rio BBQ Bar 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 R-04 Blue bus from Old Town (Lazaro Cardenas) to Paso Ancho. Free parking will be available. See the map here.

Projects Completed 2013/14

• 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.
• Children's Cancer Screening Center - Painting, roof repairs, window replacement and playground installed. (In partnership with Vallarta Navy League)
• DIF Senior Home and New Life Home for boys in Coapinole - painting, repairs and electrical installation. (In partnership with Vallarta Navy League)
• School for the Deaf - building addition in partnership with Punta Mita Foundation and Club Rotario aka Charlie Brown. 45,000 PESOS AWARDED CONSTRUCTION TO START MARCH 1, 2015
• Torpedos Football Americano Fundraising - maintenance on the field and donating toward scholarship.
• Raise funds for the Banderas Bay Women's Shelter for battered women in San Pancho.
• Installed water and electrical service for a youth community center in San Ignacio.

We hope to see you at the Chili Cook-Off on March 14 for great food, great entertainment and lots of fun while supporting our American Legion projects.

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  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 Clinica de Rehabilitacion Santa Barbara

  Learn more about DIVAC Handicap Services of Vallarta

  Learn more about DIF - System for the Development of Family

  Learn more about Banderas Bay Women’s Shelter

  Check out Quality Pottery and Tile at Talavera Etc

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