FARMINGTON — Tuck’s Ale House in Farmington hosted the first Great Chili Cook-off Contest as a fundraiser to support the community activities of Life Enrichment Advancing People on Saturday, Feb. 18.

LEAP provides housing and training and direct care services to adults with developmental disabilities in Franklin and surrounding counties.

At the event, which raised $750 for LEAP, a total of 14 chilis were prepared by a wide variety of neighbors vying for bragging rights at the inaugural event. The chilis ran the gamut, including vegetarian, mild, wild game and spicy.

Participants commented that all the chilis were excellent as they tried to choose a favorite. To keep the process simple, patrons bought a ticket for $5 (many donated more), marked the number of their favorite chili on the ticket and, at the end of the event, the entry with the most votes won.

Winners of the first Great Chili cook-off were Rebecca and Natalie Wood, with their chili, named “Hot and Sweet.” They will be commemorated in perpetuity on a plaque to be hung at Tuck’s Ale House , awaiting the winner of the second annual event next February. 


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