More than 450 people came out to sample great food and help a great cause at the fourth annual Stars, Stripes & Chow chili cookoff, a fundraiser for The Baltimore Station, a residential program supporting veterans and others transitioning from homelessness and substance use disorder to self-sufficiency.
The Nov. 3 event at Port Covington’s South Point at West Covington Park raised $90,434 for residents of The Baltimore Station, a 41 percent increase from the 2017 event.
Teams participating in the chili competition represented the area’s business and nonprofit community. Emerging as the judges’ pick for “Best Chili” was the Nelson Family with a recipe they dubbed “Wonky Willie’s Chili.” The winner of the “Best Booth” award went to Fortego, LLC for taking attendees back to the stone age with its Carnivore Chili and the booth’s prehistoric design and décor. Meanwhile, The Baltimore Station’s culinary team made up of residents from the cooking class and Chef Russell Jackson remained the crowd favorite and took home the “People’s Choice” award for the third year in a row.
Endless samples of original chili recipes delighted guests, while Mission BBQ and Pizza di Joey Food Truck supplemented the menu by contributing a full lunch spread and City Limits supplied the open bar of beer, wine and soda. With the expanded Kid’s Zone, families with children of all ages enjoyed activities such as caricature drawings, a cupcake decorating station, a petting zoo by Ferrets & Friends, balloon animals, sidewalk games and more.
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