Ryan Rogers Chili Cook-Off Saturday
The day is at hand, and bragging rights are on the line, as the annual Ryan Rogers Memorial Chili, Soup and Jambalaya Cook-Off and Supper is set for Saturday at the Rector Community Center. The annual fundraiser to benefit the community center is held each February, and several years ago was renamed in memory of the first-ever chili cook-off winner-Ryan Rogers.
A long-time local reporter and photographer for this publication, Rogers was also a member of the Clay County Quorum Court representing the Greenway area. He died suddenly Jan. 30, 2015, at the age of 35.
Saturday night teams will compete for cash prizes in his memory, and the public will have the chance to attend and sample the entries. Judging is set to begin at 5 p.m. by a panel of experts, who will be sequestered in the executive board room of the center for a blind taste test. The public is invited to attend beginning at 6 p.m. and may sample all the entries for just $5 a person, or $20 for the members of an immediate family.
“You can enjoy a full meal with bowls of chli, soup and jambalaya and tasting cups from all the entries,” a spokesperson noted. “There'll be plenty of condiments and we'll be serving soft drinks, water, tea and coffee. The community center committee will also be furnishing a house chili.”
Those attending will also be treated to after-dinner delights such as homemade pecan pie cobbler, brownings, chocolate cake, banana pudding and more.
“As soon as the scores have been tallied the winners will be announced,” the spokesperson added. “We'll be handing out trophies, cash and certificates to all the winners. In addition, as has been the custom recently there will be a People's Choice Award handed out based on the voting of the adults in attendance.”
This year will also once again include a mystery door prize to be handed out to one of those in attendance, and there'll be door prizes for the adults but you must be present to win.
“Donations from the community make this event to honor the memory of Ryan Rogers possible,” the spokesperson added. “The $25 entry fee funds the prize money for first, second and third and the money collected at the door will be used for special projects in our ongoing mission to make the Rector Community Center a hub of local activity.”