Championship Chili

The third annual Chili Challenge, a benefit for the Kidney Foundation of Northeastern New York and the Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern New York, took place last night at the Holiday Inn Express in Latham. Over 20 vendors cooked up their favorite chili’s to be judged by attendees and a panel of celebrity and guest judges including our very own Assistant GM Matt Callahan. Other guest judges included John D’ Adamo from The Desmond Hotel, Ken Durham of Raymour & Flanigan, Ashe Reardon from CBS6, Heather Morrison from YNN, Nicole Lally from WTEN, Dan Bazile of WNYT and Steve Teeling from FOX23.

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Those restaurants on the ballot included Pie in the Sky, Otis & Oliver’s, The Eatery, Houlihan’s, Albany Pump Station, Bellevue Cafe, New World Bistro, Lansingburgh Cafe, BFS Restaurant, Farmer Boy Diner & Restaurant, Illium Cafe, Park Pub & Restaurant, Central Steak, Nathan’s Hot Dogs, Cafe Hollywood, Muddy’s, Halfmoon Sandwich & Salad Shoppe, The Eatery @ Rte Fore Golf, Quizno’s and Hollywood Brown Derby.

Each cup of chili was judged on five criteria; Color, Aroma, Consistency, Taste and Aftertaste.

Chili Challenge 006.jpgPie in the Sky from Central Avenue in Albany was serving up “Snake Bite Tequila Chili”, which includes Python meat:
Chili Challenge 018.jpgSteve Teeling of FOX23 checking out the chili’s:
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SouthPaw had to beg to try some:
Chili Challenge 003.jpgFan Development Manager Michelle Skinner had a much easier time getting her hands on a cup:
Chili Challenge 019.jpgAfter all the scorecards were tallied, the winners were crowned. Here are the final results:

Best Booth

Winner – BFS Restaurant

1st Runner Up – Pie in the Sky

Best Vegetarian

Winner – Houlihan’s

1st Runner Up – New World Bistro


Winner – Houlihan’s

1st Runner Up – Muddy’s


Most Creative

Winner – Pie in the Sky

1st Runner Up – BFS Restaurant


Best Overall ~ People’s Choice

Winner – Lansingbugh Caf

1st Runner Up – Pie in the Sky


Best Overall – Judge’s Choice

Winner – Halfmoon Sandwich and Salad Shoppe

1st Runner Up – The Eatery @ Rte Fore Golf

The event was a tremendous success and all of the chili’s were amazing! Check out some more photos:

Best Overall Chili Winner, Lansinbgurgh Cafe, as voted by the people:

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SouthPaw poses with a fan and the championship trophy:
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SouthPaw and celebrity judge Heather Morrison, meteorologist from YNN.
Chili Challenge 011.jpgMedia Relations Manager Chris Chenes with FOX23 Meteorologist Steve Teeling:
Chili Challenge 021.jpgTwo of the guest judges, GM of The Desmond Hotel John D’ Adamo and ValleyCats Assistant General Manager Matt Callahan:
Chili Challenge 020.jpgSouthPaw with Katie Camarro of Sundaes Best Hot Fudge:
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