It’s time to dust off that recipe from last winter and make a big pot of chili for entry in the Second Annual Charity Chili Cook-off. If you are not a chili chef join us in public tasting and vote for the People’s Choice at the Charity Chili Cook-Off. All proceeds will go to the Food Bank as part of a Sunflower Diversified Services outreach to the community.
The event is set for Nov. 5 on Main Street in Great Bend. Booths will be set up along the sidewalks from 12th to 16th. This is to benefit our local Food Bank and it also promises to be a lot of fun,” said Sarah Krom, Sunflower community supports coordinator. “It will be a great venue for enjoying a little friendly competition and tasting all the recipes on a brisk November day.”
Cooks can check in at the registration booth located at Forest and Main beginning at 10 a.m. There is no entry fee but goodwill donations will go directly to the Food Bank. At least three gallons of chili must be prepared off-site and served warm; more than that amount is encouraged. Electricity will be provided but entrants must bring their own extension cords and tape to secure them to the sidewalk. The chili must be ready to serve by 12 p.m. when tasting and the blind judging will begin. Three local celebrities will serve as official judges. Judges will consider flavor, texture, consistency, aroma and presentation.
The public is encouraged to join in with the purchase of a $5 taster bracelet and select the ‘Peoples Choice’ Chili 2011. The Peoples Choice voting will end at 2 p.m. and winners will be announced at 2:30 p.m.
“Sunflower truly enjoys reaching out to central Kansans and showing our appreciation for all they do for people with developmental disabilities served by Sunflower,” Krom said. “We welcome and encourage cooks to prepare and serve chili, and the public to come out and have a taste.
“The Food Bank can always use more community support,” Krom added. “Participants in the chili cook-off will be able to take personal satisfaction in contributing to this worthy cause.”
Sunflower, a non-profit agency, serves babies, toddlers and adults with developmental disabilities in Barton, Pawnee, Rice, Rush and Stafford counties.
For more information about the chili cook-off, contact Krom by calling 620-792-1321.