Chili cook-off time

As we head into the final days before the Chili Cook off on February 27, four teams are surreptitiously searching for that secret ingredient that will make their chili supreme in the Upper Rogue. The key players vying for the bragging rights are Fire District 4 which presently holds the crown, Chase Bank, the Greater Shady Cove Boosters and Lois Holland. Operating with stealth, each team will stop at nothing to outdo their competitors.

The Boosters have recruited the culinary expertise of a chef named Brendan. They will only divulge his first name to keep competitors at bay. Lois Holland is also bringing in reinforcements. Her recipe is original “Irish” chili. With a laugh, Holland assured this reporter the chili will not be green. The only real information Holland shared was the Prospect School Music Department Choir will entertain at the cook off. (Holland annually donates her share of the door receipts to the Prospect music department.)

With such fierce competition, keeping the crown gets more difficult each year. Lynn Horn and Sharon Littlefield have come up with a winning recipe to keep Fire District 4 at the head of the pack, according to Littlefield. When asked for a hint of what the recipe’s ingredients are, Littlefield said, “It is not cool; it is not hot nor is it sweet or sour.” That statement obviously gave nothing away and only a taste will tell what she meant and if FD4 has the winning recipe.

Everyone knows Shady Cove Chase Bank Manager, Cindy McDonald, has a team of bank employees who count cash during the day and read cookbooks at night. Because banking employees are known to be discreet, sleuthing revealed nothing about that team’s chili recipe. Will they get the crown back from FD4? The only way to know is to attend the chili cook off at the Upper Rogue Community Center on February 27 at 5:30 p.m.

As well as filling up on “designer” chili, a dessert auction is a highlight of the evening. Dessert donations are needed. Door receipts will be divided between the four teams and the proceeds from the auction benefit URCC programs. The cost is $5 or $11 for a family.

If at least three people need a ride, the van will run for the event. Anyone needing transportation should call ASAP. The number is 541-878-2702. URCC is at 22451 Highway 62 (behind Shady Cove City Hall).
By Margaret Bradburn
Of the Independent

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