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Sips & bites: Great Leap chili cook-off, plus Cantina Agave, Mao Mao Chong, Fez, Cuju, Saveurs de Coree

Beans, beef and beer this Saturday as Great Leap Brewery holds its second Back Alley Chili Cook-Off. The winner gets rmb888, the “people’s choice” gets rmb388 and patrons get 15 chili samples and a beer for rmb100. From 2 PM to 5 PM.

Cantina Agave is now open. The place held its opening party last weekend, then closed again to get the rest of its papers in place, but is now officially pouring margaritas and serving quesadillas, with several readers reporting good times there yesterday..

Mao Mao Chong has chicken parma this Sunday: rmb55 and up. Management requests bookings be made by 5 PM Saturday: maomaochongstore (at) yahoo.com. MMC also now has rmb40 pizzas, rmb30 wine / beer and rmb35 cocktails on Tuesdays and is creating rmb40cocktails Thursdays — you pick the spirits, they add seasonal fruit.

Rooftop bar Fez officially reopens atop Agua on April 19. States a press release, “Hailing from sunny Spain, DJ Ba’Al will bring you the warmest Latin Groove: soothing Caribbean, Afrocuban, Latin Jazz and Brazilian beats for a muy caliente ambience!”

Cuju not only has an ever-increasing range of rums but also is delivering value on Thursday night cocktails. Most drinks on the menu, plus some new creations made on the spot, are rmb30.

Korean restaurant Saveurs de Coree will do a BBQ and beer night April 15 at its Xiang’er Hutong spot. A plate of grilled meat and free flow De Koninck is rmb100, 6 PM to 10:30 PM.