2014-01-24 / Community

Chili Contests Heats Up

By Dan Guarino


And the winner is… Left to right, contest judges Hank Iori and John Cori, 100th Precinct Community Council President Danny Ruscillo and judge Rick Horan. The 4th Annual Rockaway Chili Cook-Off prize went to Bungalow Bar and Restaurant. 
Photos by Dan Guarino And the winner is… Left to right, contest judges Hank Iori and John Cori, 100th Precinct Community Council President Danny Ruscillo and judge Rick Horan. The 4th Annual Rockaway Chili Cook-Off prize went to Bungalow Bar and Restaurant. Photos by Dan Guarino Rockaway was cooking on Friday night, January 17th, as the 100th Precinct Community Council launched its 4th Annual Chili Cook-off.

More than 200 people attended the event, which was held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Rockaway Beach.

Guests enjoyed a wide variety of chili recipes from 17 different entrants. Orange shirted Rockaway Youth Task Force volunteers served up samples, complete with rice, shredded cheese and sour cream.

Putting their best chili’s to the test were the FDNY’s firehouses on Beach 116th Street, Central Avenue and

Rockaway Beach Boulevard near Beach 94th Street, Curran’s Superior Meats, the NYPD’s Transit District 23, Cuisine By Claudette, Last Stop Gourmet, Paninico CafĂ©, the Knights of Columbus, Bungalow Bar and Restaurant, Playland Pizzeria, Stop & Shop, the 100th Precinct, Rockaway Graphics, Elegante’s Pizzeria and Restaurant, Sayra’s Wine Bar and Connolly’s Bar.

Matt Whalen, who came with his wife, Sue, and their two children, described the event as “lots of fun!”

The Precinct Council and RYTF “did an outstanding job,” he said. “The chili cook off contest- what a great idea! Well done!”

Rockaway Beach resident Jill Lauri was inspired to go home and create her own vegetarian chili. “I might even enter it next year!” she said.

Between bites, preferences, taste descriptions and recommendations on which chili to try next were the main topics of discussion among those who enjoyed the evening. All entries made a strong showing with the crowd.

After much tasting and deliberation, judges John Cori, Hank Iori and Rick Horan delivered their pick for best chili.

Precinct Council President Danny Ruscillo announced Bungalow Bar as the winner.

Appropriately the large trophy was topped with a chef standing on a chili bowl.

The close runner up was Playland Pizzeria.

Proceeds from the event, which totaled $1,246, were divided equally between the Rockaway Youth Task Force and the 100th Precinct Community Council.



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