Chili Cook-Off raises $1,700 for CH youth recreation fund
The Cleveland Heights Division of Parks and Recreation and the Recreation Advisory Board hosted its first-ever Chili Cook-Off on Nov. 3 at the Cleveland Heights Community Center. Eight local restaurants participated: Cedar Lee Pub, Inn on Coventry, Tommy’s restaurant, New Heights Grill, O'Rielly’s Pub, Rockefellers, Zagara’s Marketplace and Barle Soup & Sandwich. Whole Foods, Starbucks and On the Rise provided artisan breads and pastries.
Entries were judged by a panel of community members, including Joel Borwick, former owner of Seitz-Agin Hardware and president of the Heights Youth Center’s board of directors.
O’Rielly’s Pub won the award for Most Authentic Chili, New Heights Grill was voted Spiciest, Zagara's Marketplace was deemed Most Creative, and Barle Soup & Sandwich won the People's Choice award.
The event raised $1,700 for the Heights Youth Recreation Fund, which provides scholarships and reduced rates for Cleveland Heights youths to participate in the city's recreation programs and leagues.
"I am so proud of the support from the community, considering a lot of residents were still without power thanks to Hurricane Sandy,” said Alissa Branford, chair of the cook-off. “This is sure to be an event that only gets bigger each year."
Deanna Bremer Fisher
Deanna Bremer Fisher is executive director of FutureHeights and publisher of the Heights Observer.