The second "Cinco de Mayo Taste this Salsa Competition" was held May 5th at the Duck Inn sponsored by the Kenai River Rotary Club in cooperation with 13 Peninsula restaurants and caterers. According to Kenai River Rotary Club president Kristin Lambert a hungry crowd enjoyed attending an event, where they could try many salsas and vote on their favorite tastes. "There were a total of seventeen different salsas to sample," said Lambert, "Some were hot and spicy, while some were mild and mellow. After more than three hours of going through mounds of chips and many bowls of salsa, there were some clear winners. First place went to the habanera-laced mango salsa of Chef Denise McCamon at Mykels in Soldotna. She won a round-trip ticket complements of Grant Air. Second place was awarded to the Grand Burrito of Soldotna, winning a set of salsa bowls, and Hena Konev of Simply Fresh Salsa came from Homer to claim third place, she sells her salsa at market fairs and has jars available year round," said Lambert.
Club members were kept busy filling salsa cups and plates of chips all afternoon while watching the long shot "I'll Have Another" win the Kentucky Derby. "We also learned a lot about the real history of Cinco de Mayo, heard live music and had a lot of delicious fun with the contest!" she added. Funds raised went to the final eradication of polio worldwide and to the literacy projects sponsored by the club. "We'd like to thank all those who contributed to the silent auction, salsa and chips. Our appreciation goes to: Rocky's Restaurant in Kasilof; Duck Inn on K-Beach; Soldotna restaurants Acapulco, Golden International, Grand Burrito, Don Jose's, King Salmon, Fine Thyme, Froso's, and Mykels; and in Kenai, Heavenly Delites Catering, and Kenai Catering. Others who donated were: Grant Air, ERA Aviation, Kenai River Brewing, Sweeney's Clothing, Sportsman's Warehouse, Fancy Fingers Spa, Curves Gym, Great Land Foods, Frames and Things, Northcountry Fair, Susan's Cut Salon, and River City Books. The support from these local businesses is important to continue the work or Rotary here and around the world," said Lambert.