ALAMEDA -- This will be the 15th year that the Kiwanis Club of Alameda is hosting a chili cook-off and barbecue dinner to benefit Island-based charities.
Organizers said the Jan. 25 event, as it has been in past years, should be entertaining.
"We have mostly local competitors, and the proceeds go to the Kiwanis Foundation and then back to the community," said event chair Scott MacAskill. "The event has a country-and-western theme to it, and there will be plenty of chili and an all-you-can-eat barbecue buffet."
Twelve teams are expected to go head-to-head in the chili-tasting contest, which will take place at the O' Club. Teams include Alameda firefighters, members of the Alameda Business Network and Alameda Education Foundation, as well as staff and owners from the 1400 Bar & Grill on Webster Street.
Back Forty Texas BBQ Roadhouse & Saloon in Pleasant Hill is supplying the self-service menu, while La Penca Azul on Park Street is handling the no-host bar. Music for line dancing and more will be provided by A Sound Explosion of Alameda.
"We want to raise $20,000 this year," MacAskill said, "and have between 270 and 300 guests. We also hope the silent auction and raffle will bring in some additional financial resources for charity."
In past years, proceeds have helped support organizations like the Alameda Boys and Girls Club, Alameda Family Services-Head Start, Alameda Food Bank, Alameda Point Collaborative, Girls Inc. of the Island City, Alameda Education Foundation and Alameda Homeless Network.
Two iPads will be given out via raffle, and more than 90 items will be sold through a silent auction. Some of the goods and services included in the auction are a private dinner party for eight, a sailing boat trip for four to Angel Island, a week of summer camp at the Bladium, membership for several months at the Mariner Square Athletic Club and a beauty basket from Ulta.
There's still time for community members to form a team and sign up for the chili contest or to sponsor a table at the event. Some of the cook-off's major sponsors are Alameda Business Network, Harbor Bay Realty and Hewitt & Associates.
"I really love the chili cook-off," MacAskill said. "There's a lot of energy at the event, and it's so much fun for the families and adults who attend."
For more details, see www.alamedakiwanis.org.
What: Alameda Kiwanis Club 15th Annual Chili Cook-Off
When: 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25
Where: Al Dewitt Officer's Club, 641 W Redline Ave.
Tickets: $25 to $50