Vegetarians planning to attend this years Florida Keys Chili Cookoff should probably bring a picnic basket. According to the International Chili Societys regulations, beans and pasta are not allowed in this spicy stew contest. For carnivores, todays event will offer piquant gastronomic delights. Professional chefs will compete in a separate contest, which apparently is serious business. Yeah, theyre weird about it. We put them in a separate tent, laughs event coordinator Katrina Lavene. Visiting foodies can enjoy offerings from vying amateur chefs, as well as Texas holdem poker, mechanical bull riding, live music, and a variety of games for the youngsters. The fun begins today at 10:00 at Rowells Marina, Mile Marker 104.5 bayside in Key Largo. Admission is $5. Call 786-423-4527, or visit www.chilicookoff.com.
Sun., Feb. 12