Three cook-offs coming up all supporting local charities

Pictured at last year’s CADV Chili for Charity Cook-off are members from the Camdenton Police Department Chili Luau team. From left are Aubrey, Chris, Amanda and Austin Edgar.

Pictured at last year’s CADV Chili for Charity Cook-off are members from the Camdenton Police Department Chili Luau team. From left are Aubrey, Chris, Amanda and Austin Edgar. Photo by Dianne Steingrubey.

Attention chili enthusiasts: There are three upcoming chili cook-off opportunities, which all support a charitable cause.

The Pregnancy Help Center in Camdenton will hold a chili cook-off in the Save-A-Lot Parking Center located on North Highway 5 Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Citizens Against Domestic Violence present its Fifth Annual Chili for Charity Chili Cook-off from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Feb. 2 and Harper Chapel will host its Third Annual Chili Cook-Off and Dessert Auction at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 8.

Make your best batch, enter to win and you could be a local chili celebrity for the day. Or, come as a guest, taste all of the samples and help decide who makes the best chili. Read the following information for details of each event.

Pregnancy Help Center’s Chili Cook-off

This Saturday marks the Pregnancy Help Center’s first-ever Chili Cook-off. In addition to the heated competition, the center will host a grand opening to celebrate its new location.

The Pregnancy help Center, serving the Lake of the Ozarks area, is a not-for-profit organization. The center relies on donations and fundraiser to assist clients. In 2012, the center helped approximately 800 young women and babies.

The contest is open to anyone who wishes to enter and participants have until Saturday morning to enter. The best chili will be determined by the people’s choice through donations, and first and second place winners will be awarded trophies. There’s no fee to enter, however, participants are asked to bring a large crockpot of chili and two boxes of crackers.

Voting will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. with the winners being announced at 4 p.m. Guests to the event are asked a $5 minimum donation to sample the chili. The event will also feature a live broadcast from Spirit FM from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., door prizes donated by area businesses and live music.

To register, participants should contact Matt Cody at 573-808-0710 or mjcody_271@yahoo.com. For more information about the event, call Erma Moenkhoff at 573-346-3337. The Pregnancy Help Center is located at 747 North Business Route 5 in Camdenton.

Harper Chapel’s Third Annual Chili Cook-Off and Dessert Auction

Warm up with a bowl of chili when Harper Chapel in Osage Beach hosts its Third Annual Chili Cook-Off and Dessert Auction on Feb. 8.

The cook-off starts at 6:30 p.m. in the church’s Thompson Fellowship Hall. Proceeds made from the event will support many charities in the community. In addition, 10 percent of proceeds will be donated to the Osage Beach Firefighter Benevolent Association, which provides to firefighters in need and awards monetary scholarships to local high school seniors pursuing a career as a firefighter.

The competition is open to anyone who wishes to participate. Participants have until the day of the event to enter. Prizes will be awarded for the top three chili entries and the dessert that brings the highest bid. There is no fee for participants to enter, however, teams are required to bring their own condiments for their chili samples.

Admission to the cook-off is $7 per person and guests will be given a ticket for voting. The event will also feature a special kids tasting table with foods they will love and door prizes.

Tickets will be sold at the door, or stop by the church in advance. For more information or to register, call the church at 573-348-2617.

CADV’s Fifth Annual Chili for Charity Cook-off

Dig out those secret chili recipes and join the Citizens Against Domestic Violence for a chili cook-off.

The CADV will host its Fifth Annual Chili for Charity Cook-off from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Feb. 2 at Tan-Tar-A Resort. Participants who want to enter have until Jan. 28 to send in a registration form and $50 entry fee.

The grand prize winner will be awarded $500, $250 and $150 for second- and third-place teams. There will also be prizes for the team voted “People’s Choice” and “Best Team Theme.”

Teams may consist of 1-4 people and teams must prepare a minimum of four gallons of chili. No kitchen will be available on site, so teams should bring their own warming devices. Chili will be judged based on appearance, aroma and taste. All teams are encouraged to create a theme that is presented throughout all elements of your team (i.e. team name, dress, decoration of space, etc.).

The community is encouraged to attend. Admission is $5 per person and includes chili sampling, a cake walk, face painting, children’s games, a lottery tree, chili dogs, raffles, cash bar and musical entertainment by Dale Blue. Vendors featuring home goods and other items will be present at the event. Tickets will be sold at the door or can be purchased in advance at CADV in Camdenton.

All proceeds of the event will benefit CADV, serving victims of domestic and sexual violence in Camden, Miller and Morgan counties. CADV’s new shelter is expected to be completed by Feb. 1 and proceeds will go towards furnishings and supplies.

If you are interested in entering a team, would like more information, or tickets, call Angie Fiene by calling the CADV at 573-346-9630 or visit CADV’s website at www.cadv-voc.org. The CADV is also looking for baked items for the cake walk. Anyone interested should contact the CADV.

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