Spice things up at Chili Cook Off

Neighbor to Neighbor former interim Executive Director Jody Breakell shows off her chili recipe at last year’s Chili Cook Off.

Neighbor to Neighbor former interim Executive Director Jody Breakell shows off her chili recipe at last year’s Chili Cook Off.

Spice up your life at the Sixth Annual Cos Cob Chili Cook Off on Oct. 5.  The competition will benefit Neighbor to Neighbor, Greenwich’s food and clothing pantry.

More than a dozen chili recipes will be featured at this year’s cook off. Judges include First Selectman Peter Tesei, ther “mayor of Cos Cob” Lou Caravella and Bill Ingraham. Last year’s top awards went to Joey Boucher of Joey B’s and Peter Yeskey.

“It’s a great local tradition for the Cos Cob community,” said Selectman David Theis, himself a former cook off judge. “I like to see the church involved in this.”

Neighbor to Neighbor, a volunteer-based nonprofit founded in 1975, improves lives by providing for the exchange of food, clothing and basic living essentials in an atmosphere of kindness and respect. The pantry provides 300,000 meals and 17,000 bags of clothing to local residents each year. Their clients include seniors, the “working poor,” those with physical and cognitive disabilities, the newly and long-term unemployed and more.

Half of all clients are children and the demand has increased 55% since the start of the economic downturn in 2008.

For more information about Neighbor to Neighbor including how to donate or volunteer, call 203-622-9208 or visit N-to-n.org.

The chili competition and tasting will take place on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Diamond Hill U. M. Church, 521 East Putnam Avenue, Cos Cob. All are welcome. The entrance fee is $7 per person to sample and cast your vote for the best chili served up with sides and beverages.

To enter or for more information about the Cook Off, contact Diamond Hill U.M. Church at 203-869-2395.

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