Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Salsa cooks get on the same page at the Denver Public Library

Last year, it was potato salad. This year, the Denver Public Library is making book on salsa, asking readers to submit their best recipes; the top six will battle it out for $600 in prizes during Salsa Wars.

Organizer Chris Loffelmacher promises that this Fresh City Life program, held in conjunction with the Biennial, will also serve up salsa DJ Manolo and a performance by the Fafa Dance Conclave during the official judging, which will run from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 31, in the B2 Auditorium at the Central Library.

Think you've got a winning recipe? Here's the finely minced print:

The Rules

1.All recipes must be received via e-mail no later than noon on Tuesday, July 20. 2.All recipes must be your own recipe, or a substantially altered version of any previously published recipe. 3.All recipes should be formatted with all abbreviations spelled out, and ingredients listed in the order in which they are used. 4.Entered recipes may be published by the Denver Public Library with cook credit included. 5. Six finalists will be announced at the beginning of the Salsa Wars on Saturday, July 31, in the Central Library's B2 Conference Center. 6.Entrants must be present at the July 31 Salsa Wars in order to be eligible for the Grand Prize package. 7.Grand prize winner will be notified at the judging at the Salsa Wars on July 31. 8.No entry fee, no limit on entries per person. Please send each entry in a separate Word document to [email protected]

Find more information on the contest here.

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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