Niantic Community Church announces winners of its 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off held on October 16. With 16 entries guests had a tough job trying to discern the best of the best. During the two hour tasting period folks were entertained by emcee Chris Deveau who did a fabulous job stirring up the competition and a little laughter as chili lovers perused one crock after another of the spicy culinary delight. John Wood’s endless acoustic and vocal talent kept everyone in great spirits and East Lyme’s First Selectman Paul Formica graced the crowd with his poised, political presence.
Ultimately, the Selectman was slated to choose a “Paul’s Choice Chili” and 12 year old Evan King of East Lyme was the proud recipient of the title with his, “Some Like It Hot & Some Like It Not” chili. Winner in the Best Vegetarian category was Charity Kennedy, standing in for chef Christy Hammond representing the Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut with their “Vintage 70’s Vegan Chili.” Christine Bono of Gales Ferry reigned supreme in the Best Non-Beef category with her Chicken Chili and Don Foster from Post Road Market, East Lyme, took Second Place Overall with his Italian Chili. Savouring the very best for last, was Christine Bono’s husband Chris, winning Best Overall with his St. Louis Chili.