Spicing things up

Local business wins Steamboat chili cook-off

Local business owners David and Nikora Myers know how to whip up a mean batch of pork green chili, and they've got the ski vacation to prove it.

The Myers, who own Oscar's Taste of the West, beat 13 other competitors to take home the first place prize in the July 31 Mountain Chili Cook-off held in Steamboat Springs.

Other competitors including local restaurant Pat's Roosterante also demonstrated their ability to please the judges' palates by offering a variety of choices from buffalo and pork to cashew chilis.

"The only thing that we could do ahead of time was cut up the meat," Nikora said. "Everything else had to be prepped and prepared on site."

The Myers had about three hours to get their chili ready for the judges, and to add the extra touches that would separate their chili from the competition.

Nikora couldn't pinpoint the exact ingredient or step in the process that resulted in the win.

"It's got good flavor and texture. It has a little kick, but it doesn't have a bite," she said. "You'll just have to come down and try it."

The contest was the first that the Myers have entered since opening their stand, which can be seen on street corners in Craig.

Oscar's, open Fridays and Saturdays at the corner of 4th and Yampa streets, and Wednesdays and Thursdays at the corner of Victory Way and Breeze St., offers breakfast burritos, hots dogs, brats and a special dinner sandwich on Fridays.

"We decided that there needed to be something out there that was quick and easy, fast and affordable," Nikora said. "We offer something that lets the family get out of the house for a while."

Oscar's offers the award-winning green chili Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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