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Chili Cook-Off

06/28/2013 at 5:35pm

Chili Cook-OffForecast: Chili at the Pink Shell
Caption: Great American Chili Cook-Off at the
Pink Shell Beach Resort and Spa.

Chefs, chili masters and everyone with a love of chili are invited to participate in the fourth annual Great American Chili Cook- Off on Sunday, July 14, at the Pink Shell Beach Resort and Spa, Fort Myers Beach. The contest is being sponsored by the Southwest Florida Chapter of the American Culinary Federation and will benefit the Harry Chapin Food Bank.

The contest is limited to a maximum of 30 teams or individuals. Each chili entrant will be charged $40.00. Teams or individuals will be permitted to set up starting at 10am with a "cooks’ meeting” at 1pm.

The event is open to the public, beginning at 3pm. Attendees will get a chance to sample the entries and vote for their favorite chili. Both a "people’s choice” and "most unique” award will be voted on by thepublic. The public is encouraged to bring a $5.00 cash donation as well as canned and dry food donations for the Harry Chapin Food Bank.

All chili must be prepared on site from scratch with natural ingredients in the open. Cooks must bring a printed recipe card. Specific guidelines and registration may be obtained by contacting Chef Craig at 239-463-8613 or cpanneton@pinkshell.com.

Judging starts at 4:00 p.m. and will consist of the following qualities: aroma, consistency, color, taste, and aftertaste. Prizes will be awarded as follows: 1st place—medal and $250 cash, 2nd place—medal and $100 cash, and 3rd place—medal and $50 cash. Both the "people’s choice” and "best table decorations” will receive medals.

For more information and registration, contact Chef Craig Panneton at 239-463-8613 or cpanneton@pinkshell.com.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank solicits, collects and stores quality food for distribution to families in need through a network of 150 nonprofit agencies in Lee, Collier, Hendry, Charlotte and Glades counties that provide food to more than 30,000 people monthly. Over 1 million pounds of food are distributed by the Harry Chapin Food Bank monthly. For each $1 donation, the food bank can distribute $6 worth of food and grocery items. In the past fiscal year, the Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed more than 15.1 million pounds of food and other grocery items valued at more than $25 million. This is roughly the equivalent of 12.5million meals to people in need. For additional information about the Harry Chapin Food Bank, contact 239-334-7007 or go to harrychapinfoodbank.org.

Photo courtesy of Pink Shell Resort.