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Enterprise hosting Chili Challenge as a kick-off for food shelf drive

Calling all chili chefs!

The Park Rapids Enterprise is hosting a Chili Challenge as a kick-off for the Hubbard County Food Shelf food- and fundraising drive.

The event will be held over the noon hour Wednesday, March 3 at the Park Rapids American Legion.

Teams, individuals, businesses, civic organizations and church groups are invited to cook up a pot of chili, recruit samplers and serve the concoction.

Throw down the gauntlet to your competition.

Whacky works. We're looking to tickle funny bones and taste buds.

Like the Dorset democracy, a buck buys a vote for the coveted "People's Choice" award.

Chili samplers will donate a dollar per dollop (small cupful) of chili. Ballot box stuffing is welcome and encouraged.

The chili chef/s earning top votes (dinero-wise) will gain celebrity status and a trophy.

Names for the merry medley of spices, beans and meat/poultry/game or vegetarian are encouraged.

Should the Chamber, for example, throw their hat in the ring, they could name it the Chamber Pot. Or a vicious batch of beef and beans could be dubbed the Killer Bees.

To date, Enterprise food columnist Amy Thielen has agreed to share a potful and Gary and Becky Walpole are on board.

A "neutral" vat of chili will also be concocted by members of the newspepper staff with a free will offering received per bowlful.

A decadent, delectable array of chocolates will cap the event, created by Enterprise chocolatiers.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Hubbard County Food Shelf.

While the tone will be lighthearted, the mission holds gravity.

Food shelf coordinator Dave Long reports usage was up considerably in January, setting a new record of 27 families seeking assistance in a single day. "And we're seeing larger families," he said.

Become a conquistador of hunger!

For more information or to sign up as a beanefactor (a.k.a chili chef) contact Jean, Candy or Betty at the Enterprise, 732-3364.

Registration forms with day-of-the-event info will also be available at the Enterprise.

A "flexible" registration deadline of Friday, Feb. 19 has been set.