Chili Contests Heats Up
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 Café, 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.
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.
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.