Next weekend, Dr. Mark Ivey will defend his title as the "people's choice," at the Tonto Basin. That's where Ivey known for his medical skills with a stethoscope and his musical skills with a microphone will put his culinary prowess against all comers at the 8th Annual All-American Beanoff.
The event at the Butcher Hook Restaurant is a benefit for Tonto Basin's Earl Stephens Medical Center, hosted by Punkin Center Charities, Inc., and Butcher Hook Enterprises.
"He thinks his beans don't stink," John Dryer of Punkin Center Charities said. Dryer challenges any and all legume lovers to enter the heated competition and knock his buddy, Doc Ivey, off his bean-boasting pedestal.
Dryer, a long-time friend of Ivey, said Ivey now thinks he is a bean expert and Dryer is tired of the bean bragging Ivey has been doing for the past year.
The bean tasting might be one of the best parts of the contest. Spectators can sample each of the bean-inspired dishes, and can cast 25-cent votes for their favorite recipe.
Judging begins at 6:30 p.m., which is followed by a benefit auction.
For those who do not have the intestinal fortitude for beans, the promoters also will serve up mesquite-cooked hamburgers with chips and all the trimmings for $5 a plate starting at 4 p.m.
Dryer would like to remind all those who are doing spring cleaning that auction items are needed and can be dropped off at the Butcher Hook anytime.
Last year's Beanoff raised $4,000 for the medical center. Last year's first-place winner was Sandy Dina, while Kerry Wright took the silver prize and Doris Scott placed third.
If you have a bean recipe and would like to compete in this fund-raiser, call Dryer at 479-2555. The entry fee is $10.