The Blue Star Mothers NY Chapter 4 is making arrangements for the 18th All-American Chili Cook-Off at Cross Roads Farm & Craft Market, 6017 Westfield-Sherman Road in Westfield, NY, on Saturday, October 8, 2016. The competition will feature entries in the categories of “Restaurant”, “Service Organization”, and “Individual Class” with local professional chefs serving as judges. A special “People’s Choice” Award will be given to the chili deemed to be the favorite by the general public. Chili submissions are open to any interested person or organization, and prizes will be awarded to the three first-place winners as well as the “People’s Choice.” In addition to chili purchases, 50/50 tickets and Chinese auction opportunities will further support the Blue Star Mothers Annual Christmas Care Package Project. Christmas cards will be available for attendees to sign and personalize at no charge.
Chili sampling and sales will be from 11AM until 4PM. Entries should be on site by 9:30AM the same day and must be heated to 165 degrees by 10 AM for judging. Individual tasters will pay 25 cents per sample of chili, and bowls of chili will also be available for purchase. All other Cross Roads vendors will also be open for business during the Chili Cook-Off.
The Blue Star Mothers organization exists to provide support to veterans and active-duty military persons. In the past year, the NY Chapter 4 Blue Star Mothers have sent over 700 care packages to men and women in active duty, with the contents and postage of about $15 per box being largely provided by the local community donors. Proceeds from the All-American Chili Cook-Off will be applied to the Blue Star Mothers Christmas Care Package Project currently underway. For more information on the Blue Star Mothers, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone (716)450-5593.
For further information or to pre-register for the chili competition, please contact Sue Pouthier at email@example.com.