Is your chili the best? Find out on Saturday

By LYNDON ZAITZ Of the Keizertimes Florence Carter’s suggestion has grown from a little wine tasting into a full-blown chili cook-off at her son John’s restaurant, Tuff Ranch BBQ, at McNary Golf Club. The first Spicy Pepper Chili Cook-off and Wine and Beer Festival will take over the patio at Tuff Ranch from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 31. The public is invited to bring their best chili or salsa to the cook-off. There will be no cooking at the event; contestants will cook prepare their chili at home and bring their entries to Tuff Ranch BBQ. Entrants should plan on bringing “a few gallons of chili to sample,” said Carter. Those entering a salsa should also bring enough for 150 people to sample. Admission and sampling of the chili and salsa entries is free. Cost to enter the cook-off is $5 for each entry with an unlimited number of entries per person. Along with the chili and salsa contest more than 10 area wineries and four breweries will display their products.  A 5-ounce beer or a 3-ounce wine will each cost $4. Each winery will have bottles of several varietals for sale. Food Services of America (FSA) and Sysco have donated ribs, chicken, and pork for the event.  Food will be sold throughout the day aside from the cook-off entries. The evening will be capped...

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