Texas Jewish Arts Association Joins 27th Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-Off

Texas Jewish Arts Association (TJAA) is joining the 27th Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-off with an art show and sale.

Texas Jewish Arts is a community of Jewish artists, art professionals and art enthusiasts who support, promote and enhance the Jewish arts in Texas. Membership is open to Jewish artists, patrons and those who work in the art world currently living in Texas.

The exhibition will include paintings, mosaics, sculptures, and glass creations and will be open to chili cook-off participants from 11am until 4pm.

For more information about how to participate in the art exhibition at the Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-off, please visit the TJAA web page about the art show or send email to info@texasjewisharts.org.

Celebrating Jim Schwartz

Less than two months after playing music for thousands of people at the 25th Dallas Kosher Chili Cookoff, Jim Schwartz of the Mazik Brother passed away from pancreatic cancer.

Jim founded the Mazik Brothers with Rusty Cooper in 2003 after he convinced Rusty to give it a try. Jim was a financial planner and Rusty worked for Morgan Stanley. Both loved music. The band became popular and played at weddings, bar mitzvahs, philanthropic events and coffee shops.

The Mazik Brothers began playing at the Cookoff in 2004. They covered popular songs from 60s, 70s and 80s, playing with very few breaks from the opening to just before the awards. People would pull up chairs to listen, make requests and sing along. Some would dance in front of the stage.

Jim loved people and music. He listened to what others had to say and was kind.

At the 26th cookoff, Rusty plans to continue providing music, playing with the Mazik Experience and Side Gig. “We will be missing our leader Jim Schwartz most terribly,” he wrote on the Mazik Brothers Facebook page, “but it’s time to celebrate life as Jim wanted us to do. Come one, come all! We would love to see you.”

Dispose of Drugs at KCC

The 2019 Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-off is partnering with the Recovery Resource Center and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to help you properly dispose of unused or expired drugs—prescription and non-prescription for people or animals.

You can drop off your items at the collection areas located outside the entrances of the cookoff.

Important: No needles, sharps or inhalers can be accepted.

The recovery program also has a tent at the cookoff where you can talk with representatives about your questions and concerns.

The DEA National RX Take-Back pamphlet says:

Take-back programs are the best way to dispose of old drugs. But if a program is not available:

  • Take the meds out of their bottles;
  • Mix them with something unappealing like used kitty litter or coffee grounds;
  • Seal them in a bag or disposable container, and throw that away.

For more information on prescription drug abuse, go to: