Among the largest cultural events in Kern County — and among the most popular in Bakersfield’s Hispanic and Latino communities — is the annual Menduo Cook-Off, presented each year by the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
This year, Chain | Cohn | Stiles is proud to be a supporter of the 16th annual Menudo Cook-Off, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 1, at the Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 P St.
The event, which draws more than 10,000 people to the fairgrounds, features vendor booths, live entertainment, kids’ activities, and, of course, a food competition that centers around the traditional Hispanic soup.
Menudo is a spicy tripe and hominy soup. Last year, 75 contestants from throughout the state entered the competition and a panel of 15 judges, ranging from Mexican restaurant owners and local chefs to local attorneys and celebrities, evaluated the entries.
Winners of the cook-off win cash prizes, and also bragging rights for having the best menudo in Kern County.
This year, live entertainment will also be a draw. Musical acts who will be featured include Velorio, Mento Buru, Mariachi San Marcos and Hind Site.
Hispanic chamber of commerce President Jay Tamsi told Bakersfield Life Magazine that the event caters to families who want to enjoy good music and food while supporting a good cause — the chamber. The event allows Hispanic chamber of commerce to continue its ongoing mission to promote, enhance and provide business services and cultural resources to our community in Kern County and provide scholarships to students.
At Chain | Cohn | Stiles, we believe in supporting our community in and out of the courtroom. The Bakersfield personal injury law firm is a member of the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, which was started in 1985 to promote the interests of Hispanic and minority business owners. The chamber now has more than 600 members and represents more than 400,000 people of Hispanic heritage.
Also, Chain | Cohn | Stiles marketing director Jorge Barrientos is the vice president of the Hispanic chamber of commerce’s Business Education Foundation, which grants students scholarships and provides resources for businesses in Kern County.
For the cook-off, you’ll see the Chain | Cohn | Stiles logo on event fliers showcased around town and at the event, and the law firm will also be hosting an informational booth on the day of the event.
For more information on the chamber or the menudo cook-off, call the chamber office at 633-5495 or visit www.kchcc.org.