The renowned Annual Atenas Charity Chili Cook Off
by Ivo Henfling
Are you a great cook? Do you like to eat? Do you have a great Chili recipe that’s been in your family for over a century? Are you ready to have some fun?
Then, you have only 3 weeks left to get your team organized for the 7th Annual Atenas Charity Chili Cook-Off, on Sunday, February 9th, 2014 and every year after. You should probably go on a diet now so you can get to try, among over 1,000 visitors, the best chili north of the Equator, where we have the best climate in the world.
The Atenas Charity Chili Cook-Off is the happening of the year in a quiet, laid back town between San Jose and the Central Pacific beaches. Atenas is a small town where locals and retirees from all over the world live together and get along well. The expats living in Atenas started doing something back for their community when in 2006 Kay and Tom Costello started the biggest and most entertaining charity event.
Charity in Atenas
Mark your calendar now and invite your friends as this will be the best chili cook-off yet. What is this event all about you might ask? It is all about children and providing them refuge. Hogar de Vida in Atenas was founded by Tom and Dena Stromstad where they save children from birth to age 10 from poverty conditions, abandoned or come from abusive situations. At any given time, they take care of up to 35 children. You guessed it right; all the proceeds of the Chili Cook-Off will go to Hogar de Vida.
Compete as a team
If you want to register your team, you can do so on their website but you have to be quick because this year the organization will allow for only 22 Chili Teams. You will find a lot of competition, you will find the teams are not to be judged only for the chili, the aroma, color , consistency, taste and after-taste but the public will vote for the “People’s Choice Award” as well as a “Showmanship Award” . This last award will be given for table decorations, crazy or colorful costumes, skits or music.
If you are ready to eat yourself silly on chili, you sure need to know that many competitors will give away lots of extra goodies with your chili samples such as hot peppers, beans, chopped onions and grated cheese. For those who don’t eat chili for some reason, there will be hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, delicious desserts, ice cream and popcorn! And for the beer lovers (it’s gonna be a hot day!), there will be a Beer Garden too.
When and where, how much?
You have your appointment on Sunday, February 9 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm at Quinta Roma Vista in Barrio Mercedes in Atenas. See map or click on that same map to print out a larger version. Tell your friends, bring your neighbor. See you there!!! Make sure you don’t miss the raffle…..
Bring ¢3,000 p.p to pay for your entrance and all the small coins you can find at home.
Oh, and if you want to volunteer, they need help!!!
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