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Chili Cook Off

Angelica’s 2013 Chili Cook Off

Thanks from the Women’s Guild to all who helped make the 2013 Chili/Soup Cook-off such a resounding success. Fifteen superb chefs (one generously made two items) participated in the contest. About 75 people attended, ate well and enjoyed great fellowship. The Women’s Guild would like to thank all contestants for their sumptuous chili’s and soups, the panel of judges and all the other tasters who also helped select the best chili and soup. Not to be forgotten are those that helped plan, set up, count ballots, acquire prizes, clean up, gave suggestions, rounded up prizes and contributed in any way.

Chili makers were: Karen Cunningham, Pastor Holls, Sue Tumara, Michelle Garrett, Dan Sinclair, Patty Kalso, Ron Pawlowski, and Kevin Wright. Soup makers were: Colleen Osborn, Jean Johnson, Gary Ott, Keil Dragone, Mike Hall, Bernadette Herbort, and Reverend Holder. The three judges were Meshelle Waters (Waitress at Dix Coney Island), Morio Pompa (friend of Doug Fox) and Doug Fox, a friend.

Because all of the chili and soup were delectable, it was difficult to choose among them. The judges awarded Michelle Garrett 1st place for her chili and Jean Johnson 1st place for soup. The popular vote awarded Sue Tumara first place for chili and Kevin Wright second place. And, the popular vote also awarded Colleen Osborn first place and Gary Ott second place for soup. Sue and Colleen received baskets filled with “goodies” and Kevin and Gary received cook books. All of the others who cooked also received a prize. The judges were rewarded for their efforts with a bottle of wine.

It was widely acknowledged, however, that while all the chefs were actually winners, the biggest winners of all were the people who attended. And, the Furnace Fund was also a winner since the donations received will go to the Fund.

For the “guess how many” contest the best guesser was Betty Nixdorf. She received the chocolate kisses in the jar along with coupons for free sandwiches and drinks to Mac Donald’s.

The Women’s Guild greatly appreciates the prizes that were donated. Because of the generosity of local merchants and church members, every contestant was awarded a prize. Prizes were received from: Dix Coney, Rebecca’s Hair Studio, Tim’s Coney Island Restaurant, Big Boy Restaurant, Say It With Flowers, Island Flamingo Family Restaurant, Short Cuts, members of the congregation and the Women’s Guild.

Proceeds from the Chili Cook-off will be donated to the Furnace Fund. The amount to be donated has not been determined as all bills haven’t been submitted.

For all who attended, again thank you for your participation. And, if anyone has a suggestion for making the contest more enjoyable next year, please share them with a member of the Women’s Guild.

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