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Chili Cookoff 2017
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October 30, 2017
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hili pepper hats, specially carved spoons, and unique flavor combinations all showed up for the Old Theater’s 10th annual Chili Cookoff. The theater’s annual fundraiser attracted more than 400 hungry people to the Oriental Marina, making this year’s the largest turnout yet .

The Old Theater’s 10th Annual Chili Cookoff as seen from the Tiki Bar deck.
A closer view of the Croakertown Coffee chili.

Twelve chefs each cooked up 5 gallons of chili, then offered their culinary creations for judgment. Attendees tasted them, ranking samples as they went from chef’s table to chef’s table, and then voted for their favorite. At the same time, a panel of judges was also weighing in, and reached a separate decision. Sixty plus gallons of chili later, the winners were announced.

Lori Banks & Tim Jalbert. Oriental Deli won 1st place in the People’s Choice and 2nd in the Judge’s Choice awards at Saturday’s Chili Cookoff.

Judge’s Choice
1st Oriental Food Initiative & Inland Waterway Provision Company
2nd Oriental Deli & Subs
3rd Silos Restaurant

People’s Choice
1st Oriental Deli & Subs
2nd Arlington Place
3rd Silos Restaurant

Spirit Award
Oriental Deli & Subs
Runner up – Girls on the Run

Most Savory Chili
The Inn at Oriental

Best Firehouse Chili
Big Johnson’s Chili

Most Unique Flavoring
Croakertown Coffee Company (Chocolate & Coffee flavor)

Best Use of Seafood in Chili
Toucan Grill

All Time Smokiest
Colorado Kick-Ass Green Chili

Chili with the Best After Taste that Makes You Stand Straight
Axelson Chiropractic

Best Consistency
Bay River Grill Masters

Silos Restaurant owner Chris Daniels shows off his dragon-adorned chili trophies for 3rd place in bith categories.
Winner of the People’s Choice award, Oriental Deli & Subs also earned the Spirit Award by going all out on the Western theme.


The Oriental Food Initiative took the Judge’s First Place award with a plant-based chili.

The Toucan Grill cooked up a Creole chili with crawfish tails.
Lou & Lucy Athey of the Inn at Oriental made the Most Savory Chili.

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Posted Monday October 30, 2017 by Allison DeWeese

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