Ryan Rogers Chili Cook-Off is Set
Remembering Ryan Rogers and celebrating his kindness, professionalism and community spirit has become a major portion of the multi-faceted purpose of a big event held the last Saturday each February. Supporting the Rector Community Center is also a great purpose, which serves to bring diners together Saturday evening for a Chili, Soup, and Jambalaya Cook-Off. It's a competition that the late Ryan Rogers loved, and excelled at as he won the first-ever Chili Cook-Off with his creation named "Fat Man Chili."
In that spirit of good fun, great memories, and community cooperation lovers of chili, soup and jambalaya are invited to gather at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Rector Community Center for this year's competition. The charge is only $5 per person, and those attending will enjoy an evening of good-natured competition and delicious entries with all the trimmings.
Linda Robinson, director of the Center, noted "people are calling daily to enter the cook-off. We are looking forward to a great crowd and the new People's Choice award."
She encourages families and friends to join forces this Saturday, and enjoy not only the good food but also the lively competition, all for a worthy cause.
The entries are judged in a blind taste test with that process beginning at 5 p.m. By the time the doors open at 6 the committee will have the winners determined, ready for announcement by 6:30.
Patrons will also be given a stamped ticket at the door that they may use for the People's Choice voting.
Cash prizes are awarded to first, second and third place in each of the three categories and to People's Choice winner, all funded by entry fees. First place also receives a small trophy and their names are placed on the permanent Ryan Rogers Memorial Chili Cook-Off plaque, on display in the lobby of the Rector Community Center.
Rector Community Center Committee sponsors this event, as it does other events, to raise funds for continuous improvement to the facility. Lighting, air-conditioning and heating, front elevation, and flooring have been improved or redesigned for efficiency due to generous donors and a community which supports the efforts.