Cooking for a cause: Cooking for a cause : South Padre Island Walk for Women to host SPICE Chili Cook-off

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SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Rain or shine, it’s going to be chili on the Island this weekend.

Walk for Women will host its annual South Padre Island Chili Cook-off at Louie’s Backyard on Saturday, Feb. 9 beginning at noon.

In addition to sampling unlimited pots of chili and batches of beans while overlooking the bay, attendees will be able to listen to music by local singer Leslie Blasing who will perform from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All proceeds from the $ 5 admission fee will benefit the South Padre Island Walk for Women’s mission to help lower Valley women with financial, prosthetic and diagnostic support as they battle breast cancer.

According to event organizer Rees Langston, about 15 teams have registered to compete as of Monday and the event will have more than two dozen chili recipes.

The deadline to enter the competition is tomorrow at noon.

Cash prizes and awards will be given to first-, second- and third- place winners in the beans, chili freestyle, Texas red chili, white/green chili and the People’s Choice categories.


More than 600 people attended the event last year.

Event organizers hope to have “another great turnout for their annual funraiser.”

“ This fundraiser is so much fun to put together and e veryone that comes always has a great time ,” Langston said. “ The chili is always good and we always have a really big turnout from the winter Texans so we appreciate that.”


WHAT — Walk for Women SPICE Chili Cook-off

WHEN — Saturday, Feb. 9

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TIME — Noon to 3 p.m.

WHERE — Louie’s Backyard, 2305 Laguna Boulevard, South Padre Island

COST — $ 5 admission fee


To enter in the cook-off, visit , email event organizer Rees Langston at or call (956) 495-9884.

The deadline to register is Wednesday, Feb. 6 at noon.


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