Hash Over: Stop-Drop-n-Roll Chili Cook-Off, Toast for a Cure, Burgers and Burgundy, and More

Want to see some hot firemen and hot beauty queens while sampling some hot chili? Then head to the Sixth Annual Stop-Drop-n-Roll Chili Cook-Off in Grapevine benefiting the WPI Firefighters' Fund this Saturday, October 16. Last year's event raised over $110,000 for families of fallen and injured firefighters. This year's event will feature hundreds of cooks looking to take home prizes in categories such as People's Choice, Novice, and Junior, so even the kids can get in on the fun. Just make sure little Jimmy isn't left to tend that hot stockpot alone.

Ashley Smith, Miss Texas International 2010, and Natalie McLarty, Mrs. Texas International 2010, will be on hand to add a little glamour to the cook-off. There's also the Armadillo Egg Eating Contest, so if you're a pro at scarfing down fried stuffed jalapenos, start preparing your stomach and arteries now. The Stop-Drop-n-Roll Chili Cook-Off is from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops, and admission is free. To sample the contestant's fiery creation, you'll have to purchase a chili sampling cup for $5. Remember, you're eating a Texas favorite and ogling hot firemen for a good cause. For more information, visit www.wpiff.org.

Also going on this week...

There are more events benefiting worthy causes this week. On Thursday, October 14, non-profit Girl Power 2 Cure, Inc. is hosting Toast for a Cure to raise money and awareness for Rett Syndrome, the most debilitating form of autism. The wine tasting takes place at Winetastic at 7 p.m., and there will also be hors d'oeuvres and a raffle for Stars and Mavericks tickets. Visit www.girlpower2cure.org to purchase tickets for $55.

This Friday, October 15, DIFFA (The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) hosts Burgers and Burgundy to raise money for local HIV/AIDS organizations. John Tesar, culinary director of Dallas Restaurant Group, will be on hand to serve up wine and burgers from 6-10 p.m. on the rooftop of luxury highrise The House at Victory Park. Eleven celebrity chefs including Stephan Pyles and Kent Rathbun are also attending the poolside event. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.diffadallas.org.

We're glad someone else shares our deep affection for chardonnays and cabernets. Visit the Dallas location of Del Frisco's on "For the Love of Wine" Fridays, featuring half-priced select bottles of wine. The special runs through the end of the month, so you've got plenty of time to sample the whole list of discounted wine. For more information, call 972-490-9000.

If you're looking off something to spice up your Saturday night, look no further. On Saturday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m., the Arte de Flamenco Dance Company and Guitar Maestro "El Patriarca" will perform at Afghan Grill. Maybe you'll pick up a few dance moves. Tickets are $20, and you can RSVP by calling 214-876-4401.

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