Jen Randolph and Liz Tucker are, collectively, Two Hot Mamas and a Bowl of Beans. They describe themselves as two youth lacrosse moms who like to cook chili.
Make that, award-winning chili.
Randolph and Tucker will participate in the upcoming International Chili Society’s western regional cook-off Aug. 3 at the Del Mar race track.
They will be cooking their award-winning “Fifty Shades of Chili.”
The recipe is so named, Randolph said, because it features 50 different spices.
“There are so many different spices and so many shades of ‘hot’ in there,” she said.
Randolph and Tucker’s children play youth lacrosse for the South Bay Outlaws. Their current chili odyssey began in April when they took third-place in a chili cook-off sponsored by the club. Their team name won top honors.
Next came the first-place judges award at June’s Rootin’ Tootin’ Chili Cook-Off and Faire at the Bonnie Brae Shopping Center.
“We were very successful winning the Bonita cook-off this year, and I have no doubt we will do as well again,” Randolph said. “It’s fun and we like representing the South Bay. We’re hoping we can get some people from the South Bay out there to support us.”
The upcoming ICS event carries $2,500 in cash prizes, with the winners advancing to the ICS world championships Oct. 11-13 in Palm Springs.
Free samples will be offered, starting at 1 p.m., on the track infield. This is a family-friendly event, with free activities available for children.
Update: The Chula Vista team captured third place in the people's choice awards at the ICS cook-off.
Village Vibes concert series to rev it up in September
The annual Village Vibes open-air concert series will now be accompanied by classic car shows along Third Avenue each Saturday beginning in September.
The community is invited to peruse vintage, tricked out and restored cars from clubs throughout the county from 2 to 4 p.m. on Third Avenue between E and G streets. At the conclusion of each car show, a live band will take the stage at the Memorial Park Bowl and perform from 4 to 6 p.m.
Local musical acts range from classic rock to reggae to New Orleans style jazz. The series opener on Sept. 7 will feature a swing band, including a couple’s swing dance contest during the concert’s intermission.
The combination of the Village Vibes concerts and the classic car shows provides an opportunity for patrons to make a full day out of visiting the downtown village. With more than 20 restaurants and bars within the three-block stretch of pedestrian-friendly Third Avenue, opportunity abounds for the most discerning appetites.
The public is encouraged to enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the local eateries, or take meals picnic-style to Memorial Park to have during the early evening concerts. Many restaurants will be offering specials during the series to further entice visitors.
For more information, visit www.thirdavenuevillage.com.