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You be the judge at Baja Fresh's third-annual Salsa War

Competition benefits area charities


Baja Fresh Lake Oswego will host its third-annual Salsa War on June 27 beginning at 5 p.m.

The event is a benefit for a number of area charities, including the American Cancer Society’s Lake Oswego Relay for Life, Oregon Heat, Sparrow Services Food Pantry at Hope Community Church, VFW Auxiliary, Clackamas Women’s Services and Tualatin Historical Society.

“This is the third year for the Salsa Wars,” said Baja Fresh owner Ramsey Zawideh. “It started with a conversation with Linda Molholt, the executive director at the Tualatin Chamber during their Irish Stew Cookoff. She asked why Baja Fresh wasn’t there and I replied I might be if it was a salsa tasteoff. A light bulb went off and we brainstormed, deciding we wanted the non-profit component to showcase some of the great work done in our community. Then since I’m a member of both the Lake Oswego and Tualatin chambers, it was a natural to co-sponsor with both chambers.”

So that Zawideh and Baja Fresh staff can supervise the salsa preparation to ensure health code compliancy, the competitors concoct their salsas in Baja Fresh’s kitchen and that’s where the smack talk begins.

“The competition has heated up each year with better décor and better salsas,” said Zawideh.

The public is invited to judge the salsa competition by donating a minimum of $5 at the door; $5 buys five tickets to be used as votes for your favorite salsa and/or charity. All donations are split among the charities and Baja Fresh awards cash prizes for first, second and third place winners.

In other fundraising news, Chipotle Restaurant, 8 Centerpointe Drive in Lake Oswego, will hold a fundraiser for Team Madeleine for Lake Oswego Relay for Life on June 23 from 4 to 8 p.m. The restaurant will donate 50 percent of sales when you mention Relay for Life, Madeleine or Jimmy.

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