CHILI CHAL­LENGE

Area cooks show their skill at an­nual Brunswick Elks Lodge event

The Record (Troy, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Lau­ren Hal­li­gan lhal­li­[email protected]­i­tal­first­media.com re­porter

BRUNSWICK, N.Y. >> Chefs among the lo­cal com­mu­nity took the chance to show off their cook­ing skills on Sun­day at the Brunswick Elks Lodge Chili Chal­lenge.

The com­pe­ti­tion, now in its eighth year, is an an­nual win­ter­time fundraiser at which at­ten­dees taste dif­fer­ent chilis and vote for their fa­vorite, de­ter­min­ing a Chili Chal­lenge cham­pion.

Sun­day af­ter­noon event­go­ers were able to try about eight dif­fer­ent kinds of chili, in­clud­ing tra­di­tional recipes with beef and beans as well as much more unique fla­vors.

“I don’t make a tra­di­tional chili,” said Stephanie Sil­ver­nail of Brunswick, a past cham­pion who took home the sec­ond place ti­tle on Sun­day. This year she brought two: an au­tumn chicken and ap­ple cider chili and a Bloody Mary chili.

For the fourth time, con­tes­tant Don McKay was

named the Chili Chal­lenge cham­pion, this time for his tra­di­tional chili.

Re­turn­ing par­tic­i­pant Pam Green­berg cooked a creamy tequila lime jerk chicken chili this year. “I like to be dif­fer­ent,” she said. “We’re go­ing Car­ribean.”

First- time com­peti­tors Denise Swint of Grafton and her son Dyl­lon Thomp­son of Clifton Park brought Dyl­lon’s Magic Chili, a spicy chili for those who like some heat. The recipe in­cluded ex­tra hot salsa and hot sauce, with the op­tion to add sour cream to cool it down, or jalapenos to spice it up even more.

“It’s for a good cause, they do a lot for the com­mu­nity,” Swint, who re­cently joined the Elks aux­il­iary, said on

why they chose to par­tic­i­pate. “We thought it would be fun to try our tal­ents.”

The pro­ceeds from the Chili Chal­lenge go to the Brunswick Elks, which in in­volved with many charity ini­tia­tives around the

com­mu­nity through­out the year.

Along with rais­ing funds for club ef­forts, Chili Chal­lenge or­ga­nizer Paul Green­berg said the pur­pose of the event is “just try­ing to bring the com­mu­nity to­gether for a fun Sun­day af­ter­noon.”

In­for­ma­tion about other up­com­ing Brunswick Elks Lodge events is avail­able on­line at www.face­book.com/Brunswick­Elks.

LAU­REN HAL­LI­GAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Four-time Chili Chal­lenge cham­pion Don McKay serves a sam­ple of his award-win­ning tra­di­tional chili at the event on Sun­day at the Brunswick Elks Lodge.

LAU­REN HAL­LI­GAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

A meat-lovers chili is stirred dur­ing the 2019 Brunswick Elks Lodge Chili Chal­lenge.

LAU­REN HAL­LI­GAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Pam Green­berg of Brunswick serves a creamy tequila lime jerk chicken chili sam­ple at the 2019 Brunswick Elks Lodge Chili Chal­lenge.

LAU­REN HAL­LI­GAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Brunswick Elks Lodge 2019Chili Chal­lenge tro­phy went home with the chili chef who earned the most votes at Sun­day’s event.

LAU­REN HAL­LI­GAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Stephanie Sil­ver­nail of Brunswick serves a chili sam­ple to an event at­tendee at the 2019 Brunswick Elks Lodge Chili Chal­lenge.

LAU­REN HAL­LI­GAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Paul Green­berg of Brunswick serves his chili to event-go­ers at the 2019 Brunswick Elks Lodge Chili Chal­lenge.

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