Calling All Chili Freaks

Did you know chili is not a Mexican thing? Chili is from Texas

How do you like your chili? Super meaty and extra spicy? Mostly beans, or no beans? Cincinnati style, served with spaghetti? (Come on, at that point it’s just meat sauce).

No matter how you like it, you’re sure to find your favorite at the second annual chili cook off in Cabo. It’s coming up on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Blue Thai restaurant in Plaza Bonita (not far from the back door of Starbucks).

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The cook off will feature 20 different recipes, made by 20 local amateur cooks who are delusional that they know how to make the ultimate chili and who want the bragging rights of presenting the winning recipe.

The event is a fundraiser for two local non-profits: El Lugar del Cambio (The Place of Change), which is a rehab center that helps recovering drug and alcohol addicts by providing full-time, live-in care; and Heart4Cabo, which provides food, water, clothing, new homes and more to needy families in Los Cabos.

Last year’s inaugural cook off benefitted the Cabo Senior Center, which is run by Rob Zolezzi, who is also one of the cook off organizers. “I already have the senior center running pretty smoothly,” he says, “so we’re helping other organizations this year.”

That help will amount to several thousand dollars, based on figures from last year’s event.

“Last year, we did really, really well,” Rob says. “We only charged $12 USD and still made like two grand for our charity, which bought a month’s worth of groceries.”

This year, the price of admission has gone up to $20 per wristband. Really, Rob? Like 80% or something? (Keep those cards and letters to yourselves, folks, we're expert writers, not mathematicians).

That dinero gets you samples of all 20 chilies, (take tasting notes because you’ll be voting for your favorite), drink specials, live music and a chance at raffle prizes. There are only 200 wristbands available for this year’s cook off, and you’ll want to order yours early. Last year, they sold out several days before the event.

To get your wristbands, you can email Rob at robzolezzi@gmail.com. You can also contact him if you’re interested in sponsoring the event (remember, this is all about the charities), or have items to donate as raffle and door prizes.)