First-time entries simmer to top
The 10th annual United Way Chili Cook-Off had two first-time entries take home the people’s choice award for best chili.
Women Cents “Women Cents Wondrous Cauldron of White Chicken Chili” won the people’s choice award in the amateur category and King’s Place “King Classic Chili” won the people’s choice award in the professional category.
Maureen Nelson, executive director of United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha and Pierce Counties, estimated 300 to 350 people attended Thursday’s event.
Businesses, restaurants and non-profits from Cannon Falls, Miesville, Lake City, Pierce County and Red Wing accounted for the 26 different groups and 33 different kinds of chili.
Treasure Island Resort and Casino hosted the event and participated in all three categories as well as donating the space, condiments and cornbread.
Although attendance was down, Nelson said people stayed to see who won the people’s choice. And new process for buying votes paid off.
“We sold more votes,” she said, adding they raised an estimated $150 extra from attendees buying more votes for their favorite chilis.
Dave Murphy, president of Red Wing Shoes, and Kevin Davison, director of station operations at Xcel Energy’s Prairie Island nuclear plant, again have a competition with hair dyeing involved.
This year, however, Murphy and Davison have challenged all the companies conduct workplace United Way fundraising campaigns and the winner isn’t the group that raises the most money, but the group with the highest participation, Nelson said.
Another difference from last year’s competition, Nelson said, is the winner’s hair will be dyed blue, the hope being more participation will come from employees who would like to aid in embarrassing their boss.
Overall Nelson said people had fun with the event.
“The chili was good, the band was good,” she said.
Chili Cook-off winners
Best costumes:Amateur - Bic/ NorwoodProfessional - Hanisch Bakery
Best displayAmateur- Bic/ NorwoodProfessional- Hanisch Bakery
Best named chiliAmateur - People’s Natural Gas by the NAMI& RW Youth Outreach TeamProfessional - Delayed Ignition – by Hearth & Home Technologies
People’s ChoiceAmateur - Women Cents for Women Cents Wondrous Cauldron of White Chicken ChiliProfessional – King’s Place for King Classic Chili