Support Opportunity Networks at Chili Chowder Cook Off in Amherst next weekend

So, what are you doing on Sunday, Jan. 26?

We’re willing to bet that whatever it is, you can still find some time between noon and 3 p.m. to drop into the third annual Chili Chowder Cook Off sponsored by the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce and the organization Opportunity Networks. It’s at the Amherst Business Center, 105 Route 101A, Amherst, which is easy to find.

There are two excellent reasons to go:

1. Great chili and chowder set up by some of the best cooks from some of the best restaurants in the area. But that’s not all: Home chefs from all over the region will also present their chili and chowder, vying for the title of best in the amateur categories.

2. The event helps to raise funds for Opportunity Networks, a nonprofit that has more than 28 years of bringing the able and disabled of our communities together. This helps to provide community based employment, volunteer and life experiences and school-to-work transitional programs for many disabled folks.

So what we have here is good food for a good cause at a perfectly reasonable price: $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, $5 for children ages 5-12. For that little bit of money, people get to sample as much as they want from as many cooks as they want. You’re not going to need to fix lunch at home, maybe not even dinner.

This is a terrific event that a lot of your friends and neighbors have attended. If you’re one of those who hasn’t, this is your year.

Chili? Chowder?

Take your pick.

Or try some of both.