The countdown has begun for the Sixth Annual Atenas Charity Chili Cook Off, set for Sunday, Feb. 10, to again benefit the Hogar de Vida por Niñez home for abandoned and abused children. The event last year had 24 chili teams competing for prizes, and hosted more than 1,000 visitors. The “Peoples’ Choice” award was won by Norman Flores and his team of ladies from the Jalapeño Central Restaurant in Alajuela.
This year, separate categories with trophies have also been established for vegetarian chili, and for best showmanship – costumes, skits, songs or table decoration.
Judy Timson has written an excellent overview and history of the chili cook off, as well as a description of the mission and personnel of the Hogar de Vida. The article appears in the most recent edition of the magazine El Residente, put out by the Association of Residents of Costa Rica (ARCR). For more details, see the event’s website, www.atenaschilicookoff.com.
For the coming year, popular expat hangout Kay’s Gringo Postres has announced a series of special “Guest Chef” nights. The first will be held Saturday, Jan. 19 with caterer Dom Najab preparing a dinner of Thai specialties. Kay advises that reservations are necessary. Call 2446-0664.
The recycling program, which was suspended during the holidays, will begin again the morning of Jan. 9 at the usual place (the basketball court in front of the school). There have been some changes – all cartons must now be recycled and will not be picked up by the municipality if they are placed with regular garbage.
Similarly, grass and leaf clippings will also not be picked up with the garbage, and have to be disposed of by residents or their landscape workers or gardeners.