LAUGHLIN — Thursday’s 32nd edition of the Laughlin Chefs Food Fest is sold out.

No surprise there. It has been almost every year since the event featuring the culinary skills of representatives from area resorts and restaurants was conceived.

“We did not advertise for this event,” said Jackie Mazzeo, executive director of the Laughlin Chamber of Commerce. “Chef Fest is 32 years old and has grown and evolved into something a number of talented chefs and restaurant owners can be proud of.

“It’s not hard to be confident that it would sell out.”

The event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Pavilion within the Aquarius Casino Resort in Laughlin.

“We just want to remind people that seats are assigned and volunteers can help show them their seats,” Mazzeo said. “And before eating, we pay respect to God and country.”

The event is one part competition — between the food and beverage departments of participating resorts, restaurants, drinking establishments and distributors — one part social gathering for those in attendance and one part fundraiser.

A portion of the proceeds go to River Fund, Inc., a local nonprofit organization that helps local causes such as emergency service referrals, help for displaced homeless families and regional disaster relief. The Chefs Food Fest generates $15,000 to $25,000 for the River Fund every year.

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