The Big Chili Contest held Saturday at the PA Club in Vineyard Haven raised an estimated $34,000 for the Red Stocking Fund, according to sponsor MVY Radio, which has posted the winners on its website:
Best Amateur Chili (Voter's Choice)
1. Bob Costello, "Official Chili"
2. Jim Pringle
3. Mike Spellman, "Dr Jack's Love Chili"
Best Professional Chili (Voter's Choice)
1. Quahog Republic (Falmouth)
2. The Black Dog (Vineyard Haven)
3. Wicked Pizza
Special MVY Awards, picked by MVY Blues At 8 Host Bill Narkiewicz
Most Traveled Chili: Mike Spellman, "Dr Jack's Love Chili"
Best Veggie Chili: Katie Pierce, "No Teenie Peenie"
Best Presentation: Edgartown Fire Department
Is It Really Chili?: MVOL's Chili Fudge
Steve Jordan Award for Hottest Chili: Wicked Pizza
Special Judge's Cash Award, picked by Chili Contest co-creator Ken Goldberg
1. Katie Pierce, "No Teenie Peenie"
2. Edgartown Fire Department
3. Wicked Pizza
Fewer chili cooks took part in this year's charity contest than in past years, according to a comment from the Big Chili Contest Facebook page administrator that reads, in part,
"Yes, definitely fewer vendors this year (16 this year; it's usually around 22-25 but has been as high as 30). Some years it's up, some it's down. Three longtime participants (each of whom often make TWO chilis) didn't enter. But we didn't hear anything about Red Tape being an issue ... Here's hoping that next year, folks who thought there should be more chili, will take the plunge and enter, themselves!"
What was your favorite chili at the Big Chili contest? Tell us in the comments.
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