Truckee Chili cookoff announces winners
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; A record crowd of chili lovers witnessed a classic contest among 15 colorful teams fighting to the finish for the top prize at the hotly contested 3rd Annual Truckee Chili Cookoff. The event was emceed by KOH radio personality Monica Jaye, who kept the audience informed and entertained with her forceful wit.
Taking First Place in the Individual category were Old Farts Makin’ Chili, the team of Don Davis and Rex Ianson, competing in their third Cookoff. A better illustration of practice makin’ perfect would be hard to find. Poets on Payday, the 2009 Grand Champion, added a team member and remained competitive by nailing down Second Place.
First honors in the Nonprofit category went to the Truckee Firefighters Association. Once again Second Place went to the team from the U. S. Forest Service.
The Restaurant category was won by first-time entrant Summit Restaurant and Bar. Second place saw an unusual tie between Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn Restaurant and Sugar Bowl Ski Resort. The fact that two such quality restaurants competed and placed highly reflects the increased attention the Truckee Chili Cookoff is getting throughout the Lake Tahoe community.
The Grand Champion of the 3rd Annual Truckee Chili Cookoff was the Individual winner, Old Farts Makin’ Chili.
The People’s Choice Award was garnered by Faith Sprague’s team from TahoeLeisure.com.
The distinguished panel of judges, Supervisor Ted Owens, Truckee Town Councilman Mark Brown, MC Monica Jaye’s husband and#8220;Mr. Mand#8221; and Shelly Wright, VP and Branch Manager of Plumas Bank, said they had a difficult time ranking the contestants since they all cooked a fine chili.
All competitors vowed to return next year.
This community fundraiser provided a day of family fun with chili tasting and non-stop entertainment by Pete Nevin and The Deckheads, Pleasant Heads and barbershop quartet The O. K. Chorale.
There were food and beverages and a host of other activities for adults and children alike.
The Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club would like to thank all those making today’s event such a success: our sponsors, contestants, entertainers, judges and volunteers and especially our valued guests.
The members of the Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club are already hard at work preparing for the Fourth Annual Truckee Chili Cookoff planned for Sunday, June 24, 2012, which will feature some new twists and surprises.
All proceeds from the event benefit Truckee-North Tahoe programs addressing the needs of youth, economically disadvantaged and elderly. The Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club has been supporting our community since 1993.