Saturday turned out to be a beautiful day to cook chili in a beautiful location. We were set up in Hollow Park in Woodbury, CT for the first ARF/DARE cook off, benefiting the Animal Rescue Fund and the local police DARE program. The park is lovely, with big, leafy trees to shade everyone from the sun. A nice breeze helped cool things even further.

We all want to thank the cooks that turned out to help make this first year a Regional, so that all three winners advance to the WCCC in October. Thanks also to Nicci and Rich, who did a wonderful job setting up the cook off, and making it a great day for both cooks and judges. We know next year will be bigger and better!

Now, the winners:

Best Booth- Ian McDaid, Burning Ring of Fire Chili, CT

People’s Choice- Ian McDaid, see above ;)

Salsa- (13 entries)

3rd- Mario Saccoccio, CT

2nd- Ian McDaid, CT

1st- Michael Scheidel, CT

Verde- (17 entries)

3rd- Steve Stark, MA

2nd- Fran Bergami, CT

1st- Jerry Buma, MA

Red- (20 entries)

3rd- Steve Stark, MA

2nd- Isaiah Frechette, CT

1st- Vicki Tankis, MA 

The first place red chili winner got two round trip vouchers for plane fare to the WCCC in Palm Springs.

Congratulations to all the winners, and we will see you in CA in October!

-Mary Alice Kropp, Scorekeeper



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