|Courtesy of Bridges to Housing Stability|
|Hey, that "U1" is mine! Courtesy of Bridges to Housing Stability|
The cook-off rules were simple. Everyone had five tickets that they could use to "vote" for any chili they wished, placing one or up to five tickets in the chilis they liked best. My chili got off to a slow start, partly due, in my opinion, to it being in the "unique" category. However, once word got out, and some folks were very vocal about it, more and more were trying it. I actually ran out towards the end of the contest, but I had fortunately saved one bowl just in case it made it to the judges round. When the tickets were tallied, my chili had beaten another chili in the "unique" category by one vote, 57-56! The judges then tried the chilis a final time to pick out the top chili, and to my surprise, I won! I really could hardly believe it. Not only did I win, I would be representing Grace Community Church at the Hotter Than Thou Chili Cook-off! I was really honored and humbled to win, especially given how many great chilis that were entered. I tried a lot of great-tasting ones!
So the cook-off is next Sunday, March 8, and will be held at the Church of the Resurrection at 3175 Paulskirk Drive in Ellicott City, MD. While there is no admission charge, you can vote for your favorite chili (or congregation) by "tipping" money towards your favorites. All proceeds from the chili cook-off directly benefit Bridges to Housing Stability, so you're encouraged to be generous with your tips. The "winner" gets the Golden Ladle. Please come out and support this wonderful charity. Bridges works to empower local families to maintain stability in their homes and through community partnerships to prevent homelessness in Howard County.
I'm looking forward to this wonderful event. Thanks for your support.
Have a great evening, everyone!