Best in Paradise to benefit Food Bank June 21 at Venetian Club

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The Ninth Annual Best in Paradise event to benefit the Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB) will be from 3 to 11 p.m., Saturday, June 21, at the Venetian Club, 2180 Elmwood Road, Rockford. Admission is $5.

Teams will be competing for the “Best Cheeseburger in Paradise” and “Best Margarita in Paradise” awards in front of a panel of celebrity judges.

A limited number of “Perry Dice’s Punch Cards” will be sold for $10 at the gate. Each card is good for samples of four margaritas and four mini burgers from teams that have participated in recent years. Included in the samples are the “Smiling Buffalo” and “Zest O’Life” burgers and the “Peach Pizazz” and “Wacky Watermelon” margaritas. There will also be a concession stand for those not wishing to buy a punch card.

Schedule is as follows:

3 p.m. — Gates open;

3-5 p.m. — Musical guest Mr. Big Stuff;

3:30 p.m. — “Best Cheeseburger in Paradise” judging;

4-7 p.m. — Cheeseburger and margarita sampling;

5 p.m. — “Best Margarita in Paradise” judging;

5:30-7:30 p.m. — Musical guest Audio Drive; and

8-11 p.m. — Musical guest The Sensations.

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Posted June 18, 2014

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