Thank you to for the cover story about the recent Ludlow Rotary Chili Cook-Off. To maximize our fundraising effort, we rely heavily on press in newspapers like the Green Mountain Outlook.
This year's 20th annual Cook-Off was our best in recent years, serving more than 400 people and raising $3,000 for the Black River Valley Senior Center and Ludlow Rotary Club projects.
Harris Family Chili served by father-daughter team Tom and Christy Harris won the People's Choice award with 56 votes. Los Fearmanos by Ian Bruso and John Foreman took second with 52 votes and Ghost Pepper Chili by Chris Saylor finished third with 40 votes at the Oct. 9 event.
The Judges Choice "Favorite" plaque went to the Gill Odd Fellows Home Chili by Leslie Cameron. Saylor's Ghost Pepper Chili got the judges nod for "Spiciest" and Vermont State Rep. candidate Brigid Faenza's Candidate Chili garnered the "Team Spirit" award. Judges' honorable mentions went to Bruso-Forman for "2nd Favorite" and The Ludlow Rotary
Interact Club received honorable mention for "Team Spirit." Kudos to Ludlow's Depot Street merchants for allowing our street closure. Perhaps afterwards chili-satiated pedestrians spent a few moments patronizing your establishments and other Main Street shops.
Founded in 1990 by Rotarian Stephen Birge, who judged this year's event with Sen. Alice Nitka and Vicki Corrao, over the years the Cook-Off has raised more than $30,000 for the Senior Center. Traffic was up with 360 ballots cast. An estimated 75 gallons of chili were served by 19 different cooks.
The Cook-Off was sponsored by Black River Produce, Black River Valley Senior Center, Carl Riedell & Son Plumbing & Heating, Castle Hill Resort & Spa, Chrisandra's Interiors, Clark's Quality Foods, Cota & Cota, Davis Insurance, Ludlow Insurance, Ludlow Shipping & Copy, People's Bank, Shaw's, Spring River Enterprises, The Good Bus, Timber Inn, Tim Faulkner CPA, Tom Harris/UBS Financial Services, Wicked Good Pizza and Wright Construction. Black River Union High School volunteers included seniors Victor Cucullo and Tyler Schaub and Interact Club members Alyssa Collins, Lucy Gagner, Kelsey Rebhan and Newton Rose.
Finally, can crowd favorites Tom and Christy Harris do it again? Or will judge's favorite chili specialist Leslie Cameron devote the winter months perfecting her recipe up at the Gill Odd Fellows home, seeking another award to go with People's Choice plaques won in 2008 and 2009? And let's not forget the double barrel recognition this year for Chris Saylor's Ghost Pepper Chili which proved that people and judges alike prefer spicy.
The gauntlet has been thrown. Mark your calendar now for Oct. 8, 2011 and the 2011 Ludlow Rotary Chili Cook-Off.
Ludlow Rotary Club
Chili Cook-Off Chairman
Editor's reply: The Outlook is pleased to support the Rotary Club's community events by providing anews outlet in our full-color paper. Conversely, our free newspaper cannot survive without the support of local, paid business advertisers like those involved with the Ludlow Rotary Chili Cook-Off. Your advertising dollars help fund our ability to continue providing free mailings and local distribution of the community news.