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Del Webb chili cook-off benefits needy
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Sipping a little “Fire House Chili” Del Webb volunteer Mary Genone gets a preview of the Manteca Fire Departments recipe from firefighter Tony Taberna. Mike Mallory of the Second Harvest Food Bank, at right, is partnering with the Del Webb Volunteers to put on the August 29 Chili Pot Cook-Off. Other firemen from left are Capt. Kevin Terpstra, Capt. Bob Davis, engineer Sterrie Mcleod, firefighter Tom Sorlazono, Taberna, Battalion Chief Randy Sutton and Interim Fire Chief Kirk Waters. - photo by GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

Two dozen pots of chili that will send mouth watering aroma through the halls of the Manteca Senior Center on Saturday, Aug. 29 is in the planning stages by the Del Webb Volunteers and the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Mary Genone of Del Webb - who is heading up the effort - has lived in Manteca for two years after moving from the Carmel area with her husband to the North Union Road community.  

The Del Webb Volunteers have already been partnering with the food bank located in the Manteca Industrial Park.  The proceeds from the event will help underwrite the food bank’s mission in the community.

Genone and Second Harvest Food Bank director Mike Mallory stopped by the Union Road fire station Friday noon to get a sample of the “Fire House Chili” being cooked by firefighter Tony Taberna.

Signups for the event are open to Manteca area cooks by calling 239-2091.  The doors will open at 5 p.m., however those entering their chili recipes are required to be at the senior center by 4 p.m. to  warm their chili.  It must be fully cooked before they arrive. An entry fee has been set at $25. 

Tasting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

Cost of admission is $5 and children under five are free.

Door prizes will be awarded every half hour in addition to a “fun-filled” silent auction in addition to a bake sale – all homemade goods.

Contestants are in competition for prizes and ribbons that range from $300 down to $75.  A people’s choice award amounts to $100.  The cook-off is expected to become an annual event.