Saturday night saw the Annual Evansville Community Partnership Chili Cook-off as a resounding success. Local politicians were there in abundance. Mayoral candidates Sandy Decker was there with her family as was Karen Aikman with hers. Current Mayor Janis Ringhand, who has announced her candidacy for the 80th Assembly seat was there and so was the current occupant of that seat, Brett Davis. The Review was there to document it all.
The sizable crowd sampled the chili and perused the silent auction offerings which ranged from a mustard sampler to a weekend in Door County. E-Arts donated an $80 package and local artists and patrons donated artworks. Local businesses donated gift certificates for the auction and for the door prize drawings throughout the night.
But the real draw for the evening was the chili. There were offerings that were almost Sloppy-Joe like and some that were more like soup. Some were thick and some were chunky, some sweet and most just a little spicy. One included milk chocolate, Guinness, bacon and Maker's Mark. Your Humble Reporter believes that Maker's Mark belongs in the cook, not in the chili. If nothing else it was a fine representation of the variety of chili and a fair explanation of why the nature of the dish causes so many arguments.
The winners on the night were:
Best Display- Princess Chili. Aunt and Uncle's chili with a veritable plethora of Princesses.
Most Unusual Chili- Devilishly Good Chili
Best Mild Chili- Haven's 2nd Place
People's Choice- Evansville Auto Auction Top Bid Chili
Honorable Mention- B&B Chili
and the Grand Champion for 2006- Triple C Chili (Camping High Cliff Chili)
Next week is the ECP Chocolate Extravaganza. I'll leave it to others to document that evening. I'll be in Beloit at the Stateline Literacy Council's Moonlight Bowl.