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Fourth Annual American Legion Charity Chili Cook-Off Returns to El Rio BBQ

Dennis Rike - American Legion Post 14
February 12, 2016

The 4th annual American Legion Charity Chili Cook-Off is set for Saturday, February 27, 1:00 - 5:00 pm at beautiful El Rio BBQ Bar and Grill.

It's an "all you can eat" chili feast, featuring 18 recipes from a broad range of sponsors, including many popular local restaurants. Also included is an order of El Rio's famous smoked riblets and an aguafresca. Donation tickets are 200 pesos per person. Regular El Rio menu items are also available for purchase. This always popular event will benefit a number of worthwhile charities.

Musical entertainment will be provided by Mikki Prost, The Five Bones, Two Guys 4 Rock and the Texas Embassy Blues Band, featuring vocalist Sean Moore.

These charities will benefit from the event: The Banderas Bay Women's Shelter, Torpedos American Football and DIF New Life Home for young boys. Last year's cook-off enabled the American Legion to sponsor six boys. This year the goal is to sponsor ten boys. In addition, proceeds from the event help fund numerous Community Relations Projects undertaken by the American Legion and the Navy League during the year.

There will be two categories of chili judging -- one by popular vote from attendees and one by professional judges. Last year's winners were:

Popular Vote:
1st Place: Hotel Casa Anita
2nd Place: Escondida
3rd Place: Nacho Daddy

Professional Judging:
1st Place: Nacho Daddy
2nd Place: American Legion
3rd Place: Murphy's Irish Pub

Murphy's, Nacho Daddy and American Legion were also winners in 2014.

El Rio BBQ is located in Paso Ancho, in a beautiful setting alongside the Cuale River. Doors open at 1:00 pm. 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. The 04 Blue bus from Old Town, Lazaro Cardenas, drops you off at El Rio's front entrance. Free parking will be available.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance from any of the event's sponsors, including Steve's Sports Bar and Carol's Boutique, both on Basilio Badillo in Old Town Vallarta.

For more information, email Dennis Rike at

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  Learn more about Banderas Bay American Legion Post 14

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