By “Dazzlin” Shannon Venturo, Sr. Moto Journalist

28 Hometown Chili Chefs gathered at Henderson Harley Davidson in Henderson, Nevada for the 13th annual Chili Cook-Off on February 12th. 

Just days after Nevada’s Governor lifted the mask mandate, it was terrific to see hundreds of smiling faces, feasting on these delightful recipes. 

Laurie Montoya is Publisher and Editor of Motorcycle Rider News and President of

Publisher and Editor of MRN and BikerDown Foundation, Laurie Montoya brought Colorado’s award-winning green Laurie, she took a plane, train, and automobile to bring her Tasty green chili all the way from Colorado. The green chili was made by MRN journalist Audrey Paulus.

While sampling the chili and deciding on their “People’s Choice”, attendees listened to the tunes by live band Johnny B and The Road Dogs.  Judges were sequestered in the riding Academy while Marketing Director Jasmin brought each chili to them to judge.  One of the judges, Dawn Barrett, General Manager of a local restaurant chain said, “I have been involved five years now and this was our most difficult time.  There were so many great chili’s.  It was a close race!” 

From Right to Left – 1st Greg Texas Red, 2nd Doug Texas Chainsaw Chili, and 3rd John with Huntzy chili. Far Left Lorrie with Bowl Blasters Gen X

But in the end, there can be just one winner.  Greg’s Texas Red took the $500 grand prize and this year’s bragging rights.  2nd place went to Doug with Texas Chainsaw Chili.  3rd was John with Huntzy’s chili. People’s Choice, a regular contender each year was voted by those attending and went to Lorrie with Bowl Blasters Gen X!

This event was sponsored and supported by Full Throttle Law out of Las Vegas, Nevada. Full Throttle Law is a motorcycle law firm out of Las Vegas, that believes in supporting the community through a variety of events.

General Manager Andy of HHD said, “What a great turnout.  We want to thank everyone for coming out and enjoying themselves.  And we appreciate the continued support.”

Michelle, Director of The Black Mountain H.O.G. Chapter couldn’t say enough about how excited they all were to host this event at their dealership. 

It was a tasty event for sure, and all the teams were winners in our eyes.  See you next year.