Heating Up With Salsa Wars

We Denverites have an unwavering affinity for Mexican food; we love our green chile more than our children, subsist on breakfast burritos rolled with scrambled eggs, potatoes and chorizo, and lap up bowls of salsa -- the spicier, the better. And we argue – often heatedly -- over our favorites.

It’s the salsa that’s under scrutiny today at the Denver Public Library, which is hosting a Salsa Wars throwdown as part of its Fresh City Life series devoted to arts, food, culture and education. Self-proclaimed salsa warriors submitted recipes (all original), and the salsa gods at the library whittled the submissions down to a half-dozen finalists, all of whom will re-create their winning salsa recipes for a public tasting. It’s the panel of expert salsa judges, though, who have the final word. The grand-prize victor walks away with a $200 shopping spree to Whole Foods and two VIP season tickets from Su Teatro theater company.

If you can stand the heat, the battle begins at 12:30 p.m. in the Central Library's Level B2 Conference Center, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway. Tastings and recipes are free for attendees. To reserve your space, go to www.denverlibrary.org/content/salsa-wars-recipe-contest.
Sat., July 31, 12:30 p.m., 2010