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Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, July 17, 1997 7 / 22 compete in Chili cook-off by Andy Holtmann & Geoff Kreis It really heated up at Saddle West on Saturday as The International Society held a chili cook-off. Chili cooks from California, Arizona and Nevada participated in the event, hoping to win top honors and qualify for the national championship in Reno in October. Twenty-two cooks competed in the cook.off that featured many locals. , Leah Wieland, one of the organizers of the event, said that one of the goals of holding "The chili cook off made for some hair-raising, tongue-swelling, tangy good times in Pahrump" ---.. the event in Pahrump was to get locals involved in chili ./actlvmes. Wieland's husband, Fred, who is the chief judge of Reno's world championship and a judge at Saddle West's event, outlines what he calls the six guidelines to good chili. -- Good flavoring and chili pepper taste -- Texture of the meat, not too tough or mushy -- Consistency, not too thick or thin -- Blend of the spices and how well they per- meate the meat -- Aroma -- Color, although Wieland says it should not be a factor in the judging process. The event began at 5 p.m. with the contestants being allowed one hour of preparation time. At 6 p.m., the actual cooking began, Contestants had two hours to cook their masterpieces, which had to be turned into the judges by 8 p.m. 4 While the panel of 20judges mulled over the choices, the public was invited to take part in the Shoot and Hoot contest in which individuals drank a shot of Tequila, took a deep breath, and shouted for as long as they could. Some of the specialties of the night, aside from chili, included Rocky and Mary Renfrow's "popcorn with atti- tude," which was popped in homemade chili oil and Seren- dipity Chili's "Mblon Salsa," made up of watermelon and honeydew along/with cilantro and onions. The chili cook off made for some hair-raising, tongue- swelhng, tangy/good times m Pahrump. Voted the top five chili makers were: Barry Steinberg, Canoga Park, Calif.; Lynn Mehal, Las Vegas; Mike Ford, La Mirada, Calif.;Billie Miller, Pahr- ump; Rocky Renfrow, Lancaster, Calif. Pahrumpians Doug McMurdo and Lisa Mandel were crowned Mr. Hot Sauce and Ms. Chili Pepper, respec- tively. This Weekend P IN'DY ROGON 4 of a Iind ('with Max Coin in) On the Card ol the Day You receive FRE Roll of coins * KARAOKE TIIE& 7P.M. - 12AM. DJ'S MON & D 7P.M.- 12.M. -BAND FRI & SAT SUNDAY 3-8PM SUNDAY DJ 8-12 Pil 24HRS FRI-SAT Oak Entertainment Center Many Styles and Fabrics USA Manuf. No Partical Board!! Price Includes: 48" Leaf Sun Burst Table PLUS 4 Oak Leaf Style Chair,, Lite or Dark * 17 Yr Warran W * 25 Yr Warranty Pillow Tops Available Ad Merchandise not always similar as shown Subject to stock on hand Quality Furniture Lowest Prices CHAIRS AUDIO POSTER BEDS TABLES CHINAS COFFEFJENDS ROCKERS BAR STOOLS LAMPS MIRRORS TVIVCR STANDS ENT. CENTERS ENT. WALLS PICTURES DRESSERS HEADBOARDS NITE STANDS PIER GROUPS BLOOKCASES COMPUTER FURN. DESKS SOFA/LOVES MATTRESSES ANTU REPRODUCTIONS