COMPETITION IS FIERCE BUT WORTHY CAUSES ARE THE REAL CHAMPIONS AT ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF
Get your belly ready for a sampling of some of the region’s best chili and beer at the Springfest and Chili Cook-Off 2011, hosted by the New London Rotary Foundation.
More than a dozen area restaurants will “battle for the chili crown” in a headto-head competition for the best batch in southeastern Connecticut, says Meredith Diette, committee chair. The first place winner takes home $500, followed by $300 for second place and $200 for third place.
More than two dozen microbrew companies with roughly 100 domestic and imported beers will also be on hand. Live music will be provided by The Rhythm Method.
New London Rotary Foundation started the fests in October 1996 and have done two a year since then, says Diette. The cook-offs were added about three years ago.
Advance tickets can be purchased at Gordon’s Yellow FrontWine and Liquor; Stash’s Café; MuddyWaters Café; Caruso Music and McCue Mortgage Company. Also, Max’s Package Store, East Lyme; Sam’s Mart, Waterford; Flander’s Café, East Lyme; Barry’s Cleaners, East Lyme/Niantic; and Voodoo Grill in Mystic. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.newlon donrotary.org.
Diette says all proceeds from the chili tasting benefit the foundation’s charity projects.
Among them is Camp Rotary, which offers a summer camp experience for inner-city children. Campers learn about themselves, build confidence and self-awareness, and develop leadership skills through interaction with their peers and leaders from the New London community.
Another beneficiary is the New London Rotary Scholarship Program, which awards a four-year college scholarship to an outstanding senior from New London High School who requires financial support in order to continue his/her education in the sciences.