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2019 Old Theater Chili Cookoff
9 chilis, 340 tasters, over $3,000 raised for the Old Theater
October 28, 2019

eatless, sweet and spicy, or topped with cheese and cilantro. At an event like this a little bravery, and an iron stomach, can go a long way. At the 2019 Old Theater Chili Cookoff, nine chefs perfected recipes, decorated tables, and served their chili creations to nearly 350 tasters.

It’s the largest annual fundraising event for the Old Theater and this year, they raised over $3,000. First through third place awards were given for Judges’ Choice, People’s Choice, Chef Extraordinaire, and the Spirit Awards (for best decorated table).

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Tom Cochran (he does have a nose) and Old Theater President Izzy Kepner show off the Dragon Trophy.
Judges’ Choice
  • 1st – Endurance Seafood/Todd Marshall
  • 2nd – River Neuse Suites/Shirley Garner & Edith Mason
  • 3rd – HillBilly Willy’s Roadkill Cafe
People’s Choice
  • 1st – Arlington Place
  • 2nd – Amma’s Chili
  • 3rd – Endurance Seafood/Todd Marshall
Spirit Awards
  • 1st – Amma’s Chili
  • 2nd – HillBilly Willy’s Roadkill Cafe
  • 3rd – South Pamlico Volunteer Fire Department Station 19
Chef Extraordinaire
  • Southwest Style Trail Chili – Larry Summers
  • Toucan Grill & Fresh Bar
  • Oriental Food Initiative and Inland Waterway Provision Company
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The youngest member of Amma’s Chili celebrates their 1st place Spirit Award. Amma’s also won the 2nd place People’s Choice Award.
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The came in different varieties and with different garnishes.
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Will Wagoner taste-testing the chili from South Pamlico Volunteer Fire Department.
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The chefs of HillBilly Willy’s Roadkill Cafe hand their creation to a brave sampler.
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The menu, and a few ingredients, of HillBilly Willy’s Roadkill Cafe.
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Allen Price wears his chili hat to every chili cookoff.
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Nancy Crain and the parmesan topped chili from Neuse River Suites.
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Cynthia Cochran takes a beat to make up her mind.
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Diane Lemieux at the Arlington Place booth offers ‘sweet, spicy, smokey Dragon Chili’.
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Amma’s Chili had a toppings bar at their table.
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The firefighters at SPVFD Station 19 took the teamwork approach to serving chili.
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Four chili contenders: Amma’s Chili, Endurance Seafood, Arlington Place, and Southeast Pamlico Volunteer Fire Department Station 19.
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Ray D’Angelo and canine celebrate their two trophy win.
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A halloween manicure and a cup of chili from the Toucan Grill.
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Chili-eaters, score cards in hand, cover the grounds of the Oriental Marina & Inn.
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Back to the bake sale table for more mini-muffins.
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HillBilly Willy’s Roadkill Cafe won 2nd place Spirit Award and 3rd place Judges’ Award.

Posted Monday October 28, 2019 by Allison DeWeese

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