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CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, February 8 - Monday, February 11, 2008 - 89 Starboard to host chili cookoff to benefit Relay For Life who can make the best chili at the beach. "The competitors in the chili cookoff will be local restaurants, showcasing their best chili recipeg'," Fritzler said. "This is an open invitation to all local restau- rants to enter in hopes of walking away with bragging rights for the year." The general public is invited to attend this event. For a minimum donation of $10 for adults, atten- dees can enjoy chili prepared by A chili cookoff contest to benefit the American Cancer Society's annual fundraiser, Relay For Life, is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 29, at the Starboard Restaurant in Dewey Beach, according to Eugene Fritzler, the event's committee chairman. The chili cookoff event, called the first annual Relay For Life Battle at the Beach Chili Cookoff, will have local restaurants facing off against each other to determine Submitted photo Steve [Monty] Montgomery of the Starboard discusses event plans with Eugene Fritzler, committee chairman of the March 29 chili cookoff. the chefs from local restaurants and listen to a wide range of live music. All proceeds from the event go to the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life. The Chili Cookoff-Relay For Life committee has received orga- nizational and promotional support from Steve [Monty] Montgomery of the Starboard, who is hosting the event, and from Kevin Robertson of Bethany Blues, who will provide onsite concessions for the event. "The support provided by the Starboard and Bethany Blues is immeasurable. They have stepped up to the plate to support the American Cancer Society and the Relay For Life," Fritzler said. "Their cooperation and generosity have enabled us to hold this first- ever charitable event." Besides the opportunity to taste great chili, there will be continuous entertainment by local and region- al musical talent. Enjoying great music and tasty chili at the Starboard to help bene- fit the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life is a perfect way for the entire family to enjoy a relax- ing and entertaining Saturday afternoon in Dewey Beach," Fritzler said. "We encourage all family members to attend and, of course, .the admission for children is free." Relay For Life is an annual fundraiser organized by the American Cancer Society to raise funds for cancer research, cancer education, advocacy, patient serv- ices and to develop cancer aware- ness. On the day of the event, local organizers of the upcoming May 9 Relay for Life event in Worcester County, Md., will be on hand to provide plenty of informa- tion for people interested in form- ing a team to participate in the American Cancer Society event. "People who are interested can come and learn more about Relay for Life," said Dawn Hodge, one of the event organizers of the May 9 Relay for Life. For information about the cookoff on Saturday, March 29, contact Fritzler at 434-238-2620 or email Hearts Continued from page 88 Preheat oven to 325 E Cream together butter and sugar. Add all but 1/4 C of the flour and mix well. Sprinkle fiat surface with remaining flour and turn out the dough; knead for about 5 minutes. Pat dough into a fiat oval and cover with plastic wrap. Place in refrigerator for about 15 minutes. Roll out to a thickness of 3/8 inch. Cut into shapes with cookie cut- ters and place on ungreased bak- ing sheets. Sprinkle tops with sugar (optional) and bake until edges are slightly browned, about 20 minutes. Yield: 1 1t2 to 2 dozen cookies. BASIC PANCAKES 1 egg ! T melted butter 1 C buttermilk 1 C flour 1 t baking powder 2 T sugar 1/4 t salt Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl, making a small depression in the center. In anoth- er bowl, whisk together the eggs, butter and milk. Pour the milk mixture into the flour and stir just enough to blend. Spoon or ladle batter onto a hot griddle, sprinkle with fruit pieces and turn pan- cakes when bubbles cover the top. Yield: about 10 4-inch pancakes. Please send your comments, questions or recipe suggestions to capeflavors @ Affordable Continued from page 88 ceived sweetness is supplied by the fruit over a long, smooth fin- ish. I was surprised at how the tan- nins were masked but they shone through at the finish. Here is a boutique domestic Syrah I just saw on sale for $50, down from $73. When Arnot- Roberts Syrah Hudson Vineyards Carneros 2005 first came on the scene it was priced at $73, and Robert Parker and Jon Visser loved it. They went on and on about the label being painted by Margaret Biever-Mondavi, Mr. Robert's granny. The wine was sort of an afterthought. This is a 93-point beauty with a dense, dark, opulent great fruit nose and aromas of tar, white pepper and blackberry. The fruit follows through the mid-palate and into a long, well-balanced finish. It should cellar seven or eight years. Very little produced. Good resale in 2012 if cellared properly. The 2004 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is on sale for $87/bottle. If you buy a six-pack you can get it for $78/bottle. Recently it was being sold for SI10/bottle. I realize that is big bucks but the wine came in very strong, rated by Parker at 95 points, and it has a shelf life until 2029. This is a very underrated wine and I think it will Sell for hundreds of dollars 12-15 years out. A comparable is the 1996, rated 95. It was originally priced $28 and is now on resale at $160. Choose any of my favorable red wine adjectives and plug them in. Wine Spectator only rated it 93 and predicted 20 years but it is no secret that its panel doesn't care for winemaker Sbragia's efforts. This wine is stunning! My old pal AI called me to ask why I hadn't written up Chateau de Lugagnac Bordeaux Superior 2005, priced $13. A1, you almost stumped me on that. I am not a regular subscriber to the Wall Street Journal so I missed the arti- cle on "a blind tasting of 2005 vin- tage Bordeaux under $20." Even after finding the article, then read- ing that the wine went well with pizza or meatloaf, I went looking for a bottle of this very recent release. AI, it is a nice little wine but not worth $13. The name is pronounced Lu ghan yok by the way; Lagoonak really threw me off. I was spelling it La Gounac. Even Google was confused on that one. Last winter I recommended Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red Columbia Valley 2005 at $20. Sorry to say it has fallen off to $180 per case or $16/bottle. The good news is this beautiful blend of Cab, Syrah, Merlot, Cab Franc and a smidge of Sangiovese, Carmenere and Malbec is a year older and drinking better. It will cellar at least eight more years and is drinking well now. It goes great with pizza and meatloaf. Rate it 90. Keep in mind that 2005 is con- sidered to be the best vintage in Washington history. Of course fre- quent readers will know that most Washington State wineries are less than 10 years old. Tammarack was founded in 1998. If you like to think of yourself as a big boy and you trust Delmarva Power to keep your cel- lar humming, buy a couple of bot- tles of 2004 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon, rated 96 points. It can be found for $1,500/bottle. A three-pack of 2003 rated 96 points is going for $5,400, but "it's packed in its original wood." That certainly got my attention. If you are a buyer Of this type of wine, better you look for Araujo Cabernet Eisele 1995, Parker 98, Wine Spectator 95. I just Saw a 1,500 ml (that's double bottles for new readers or folks like me who are metrically chal- lenged) for $650, down from $1,000. Big bottles tend to age a bit faster but these still have years left on the shelf and will sell for a big premium in a few years. Wine Spectator says good through 2010. Parker says 2030. Just tasted it and it has miles to go before it sleeps. This price is right for peo- ple who collect premium wine for resale or drinking. Hot money from overseas should step intothe California Cab market as the dol- lar devalues. Happy hunting! The Perfect Gift Those Special People In Your Life A gourmet dinner and luxurious couple's massage .... . ca... 00mrler[.00. 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