Chili and Desert Cook Off Coming to Community Center

Do you have that special ingredient to make your chili stand out? Do your children have a knack for cooking desserts? The Guilford Parks & Recreation Department wants residents to show off their cooking skills on Sunday, Jan. 27 at the annual Chili Cook Off.

For the second year in a row, the department has organized the event to bring the community together for a fun cooking competition running from 3 to 5 p.m.

"It's going to be a really fun event," said Recreation Supervisor Ellen Clow. "We have quite a few people signed up for chili and kids signed up for the desserts, so I think it's just going to be a real nice community event."

For the first chili cook off in 2012, about eight residents registered to participate. With only a few days left to the event, a dozen residents have already signed up to show off their best-prepared chili. The kid's dessert portion of the event is an added feature to the yearly occasion, with about five young chefs already registered.

A panel of judges will name the winner of both sections. The winners will receive $100 worth of Guilford dollars, a gift certificate program run by the Guilford Chamber of Commerce that encourages shoppers to support town businesses.

During the first 45 minutes of the contest, judges will sample the contestants' entries. Attendees will also have the opportunity to get a taste of what the cooks made before the judges announce the winners.

Those who register for the chili cook off must provide one quart of their best chili (with the ingredients listed), and children who participate for the dessert portion must bring in enough for eight people to enjoy, with ingredients included as well.

The band Take Two and Call Me in the Morning (Dr. Rob Nolfo of Guilford Pediatrics, Dr. Emily Nolfo and John Moniello of Stony Creek Internal Medicine, Dr. Rich Halperin of Long Wharf Pediatrics, Guilford psychiatrist Dr. Peter Mohrer, and Gerry Pollack) is entertaining the crowd at this year's cook off.

To participate in either cook off, residents must register by calling the Guilford Parks & Recreation Department at 203-453-8068 or visiting www.guilfordparkrec.com.

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