World Championship Cooking Competitions Return to Sky City Casino Hotel

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PUEBLO OF ACOMA, N.M., Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ — The championship posole eating and cooking world championships are returning to Sky City Casino Hotel in Acoma, New Mexico on Saturday, November 18.

Sanctioned by the International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE), this is the only eating competition of this kind. The IFOCE is also responsible for the world-renown hot dog eating competition held each July 4 in Coney Island. Besides the fame of winning, top posole eaters will receive a total of $4,000 in cash and a piece of the hand-made pottery that the Acoma tribe is known for throughout the art world.

Known to its culinary fans as a spicy, hominy based stew with chilies, garnishes and meat (in this case, pork), posole is steeped in Acoma tradition. It is often a holiday or special occasion dish and recipes are passed from generation to generation. Posole served for the competitors will be made from a traditional Acoma recipe by tribe chef Lawrence J. Riley Jr, Manager and Chef of the new Sky City Cultural Center’s Yaak’a Cafe.

At the first ever posole eating contest in 2004 at Sky City Casino Hotel, Carlene LeFevre of Henderson, Nevada soared past the competition by eating 109.75 ounces of posole in 12 minutes. She beat husband and top ten IFOCE eater, Richard, by almost 15 ounces. Just as astonishing was third place winner and local favorite, Aurelio Gonzales. He not only took third place over IFOCE eater Crazy Legs Conti, but also quickly consumed 72 ounces of the spicy stew. Non-professional eaters are encouraged to compete as the IFOCE is always searching for the next ingestion celebrity.

But, posole can’t be eaten if it isn’t cooked. Also returning this year, the posole cook-off sponsored by the World Posole Society. Posole is an integral part of New Mexico’s culinary history, and professionals and amateurs seek the privilege of being named the best. Then popularity of the cook-off has prompted several divisions — public, restaurant, people’s choice, employee (Acoma Business Enterprises) and media. With over $7,000 in cash and Acoma pottery prizes, the competition will be stiff.

All fees collected from the cooking and eating competition, as well as the tasting kits sold to the public, will be donated to the Acoma Historic Preservation — SEDRR Project which restores the San Esteban del Rey Mission located at the Sky City Pueblo. Building of the mission started in 1629 and is one of the largest Spanish missions in New Mexico. The Mission and Pueblo are registered national historic landmarks.

Sky City Casino Hotel is part of Acoma Business Enterprises (ABE) — Cibola County’s largest employer — and is located 45 minutes west of Albuquerque on Interstate 40, exit 102. For more information, please call 1-888-SKY-CITY (759-2489) or log onto http://www.skycity.com/.

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