A day made for chili lovers
|These three chili lovers taste the chili created by Lisa and Hunter Walker that also featured condiments of sour cream, green onions and corn muffins. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)|
The cold rain that fell made Saturday a good day for hot chili.
Shannon Atene of Gloucester wasn’t going to enter the Chili Cook-Off in Urbanna, but at the last minute co-workers at BB&T convinced her to whip up her “Drunken Chilis.”
While Atene was describing her chili, her daughter Elizabeth Ackley blurted out, “I know what’s in it that makes it taste good.” Atene quickly quieted her daughter by putting her hand across her mouth to keep the secret ingredients a secret.
Atene would reveal that her chili had smoked chipotle peppers—and beer. “Four of the six pack made it into the sauce,” she said. “It’s not ‘Sloppy’ Drunken Chili . . . maybe next year it will be sloppy, and we’ll get more people to jump into the water.”
Her effort won second place in the amateur division.
Amateur Division: 1st place, Sandy Sturgill and Lee Chewning with their Road Kill Chili; 2nd place, Shannon Atene with her Drunken Chilis; 3rd place, Bridging Communities Culinary School of New Kent.
Mike’s Eastern Style features hand-cut smoked tri-tip and kidney beans with lots of chili and vegetables.
Dan’s Texas Red is meatier with lots of coarsely ground chuck and plenty of chilies. It is typically served with beans—in this case heritage Anasazi beans from Colorado.
Mike MacCargar, pit master at Something Different, won the throw-down with his Eastern Style Chili by one tie-breaking vote.
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