New Yorker Matt Timms started a series of Takedowns (www.chili-takedown.com) in 2005. The mostly amateur cooking contests have centered on staples of Americana, including battles with grits, mac and cheese, salsa and even trash can smokers. Competitors at the Bacon Takedown (3 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19) at the Howlin' Wolf (907 S. Peters St., 529-5844; www.howlin-wolf.com) vie for a year's supply of bacon. Attendees can taste the dishes. Tickets $15.