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Chili Cookoff 2014
A Taste Of the Old Theater's 7th Annual
October 23, 2014
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n the previous 6 years of the Old Theater’s Chili Cookoff, the judges and the public have had diverging views on what the best chili was. Not this year. The trio of judges and the many members of the public who voted agreed on the winning chili, that made by Seacoast Marine Electronics.

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Dan Albert of Seacoast Marine serves the chili that was — for the first time in history of the Old Theater Chili Cookoff — both the People’s Choice and the Judge’s Choice.

The annual event, now in its seventh year, is a big fundraiser for the Old Theater. 13 local businesses competed this year, serving up samples that the public, who paid for a spoon and a ballot, tasted and then judged.

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Seacoast Marine Electronics owner Pete Waterson, at right, with the chefs who made the winning chili – Dan Albert and Becky Bailey.

What follows is as best a taste as photos can give….

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View of the 2014 Chili Cookoff at Oriental Marina and Inn, as seen from the harbor.
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Born and raised in Oriental, Elle Dimond and Amron Wagoner served up the Hometown Hotties Chili for the Provision Company.
And the winners, as determined by the judges, are …

1st Place – Seacoast Marine Electronics (also the People’s Choice winner)
2nd Place – Toucan Grill
3rd Place – First Citizens Bank
Smokiest Chili – Sailcraft Service
Most Attractive Chili – Healthy Habits
Best Green Chili – Cartwright House
Best Presentation – Resurrection Chili – Rigor and Mortise, Rick Smith & Ralf Heit
Most Intriguing – Arlington Place
Chili With Best Garnish – Nautical Wheelers (limes)
Most Creative – Axelson Chiropractic
Dragon’s Breath – West Marine
Mildest Chili – Inland Waterway Provision Company
Best Bouquet – Water Street Grill

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The panel who delivered the Judges Choice, from left, Larry Summers, Barb Venturi, Bob Miller.
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Ralf Heit and Rick Smith came as Rigor & Mortise and served a bean-less Resurrection Chili.

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Posted Thursday October 23, 2014 by Melinda Penkava

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