Saturday, February 11, 2012

Everyone Was a Winner at Our 2012 Chili Cook Off!

Here are some scenes from the 2012 Blue Shutters Chili Cook Off. We had 10 chili creations to sample -- more than we had last year -- and each was a winner. But our guest judges -- TJ Peckham of Cape Ann Brewery and Doug Silva of Topside Grill -- had to pick the Chili champions, and they selected the chili dishes prepared by Chris Shiels and Donna Sapienza of Stoneham, who took third and second place) and Andy Murphy of Randolph who took the top prize. TJ awarded Chris a six-pack of Cape Ann Brewery's Navigator, and Donna went home with a Topside gift certificate, courtesy of Doug. And Andy earned a return visit to the Blue Shutters with his champion chili. There were others that earned the spotlight -- the popular vote (by other guests) singled out Mike Sapienza of Burlington and Jenny Chacon from Johnstone, RI, along with Andy and Chris. But each and every guest this night felt like a winner -- enjoying lots of great chili, some excellent Cape Ann brews, and a bunch of laughs with friends old and new. Thanks to everyone who joined us for this year's Chili Cook Off. Stayed tuned for our next special weekend at the Blue Shutters -- it could very well be just as much fun.

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