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Chili Cookoff at Greene Turtle in WOC, Sun.

Annual event under new leadership this year; raises funds for Worcester G.O.L.D.
By Kara Hallissey | Dec 07, 2017

(Dec. 8, 2017) Area restaurants will have the opportunity to show off their chili recipes while competing for cash prizes during the 20th annual Chili Cookoff at the Greene Turtle in West Ocean City, Sunday, Dec. 10.

The Cookoff raises funds for Worcester G.O.L.D. (Giving Other Lives Dignity), a local nonprofit helping children, adults and families in need during the holiday season.

“It is a great local’s event and the money raised stays in our community,” said organizer Joel Feldman of the Horizon Group Team at Keller Williams. “If you like chili, you get to sample it and there are a few restaurants new to our area. You can meet them and find out about their businesses.”

Restaurants will provide samples of their chili, ranging from hot to mild in the audience-judged competition. Attendees will vote for their favorite recipe to determine which restaurant will take home the top prize. First place will receive $250, second place and best in show will take home $100, and $50 will be given to third place.

“We wanted to spruce up the competition,” Feldman said. “There will be a 50/50 raffle and DJ BK will be playing music and announcing the winners. Some of these restaurants do not have chili on their menus. It gives restaurant chefs an opportunity to make something out of the ordinary that they normally wouldn’t do.”

Each year, anywhere from 200 to 300 people attend the event, which has raised hundreds of dollars for Worcester G.O.L.D., he said.

West Ocean City Greene Turtle, Iron Horse, Pickles Pub, Micky Fins, Ocean 13, the Original Greene Turtle, Shotti’s Point, Ristorante Antipasti and Tequila Mockingbird will all be competing, with more entries expected to sign up later in the week, Feldman said Monday.

For the last 19 years, the Parrothead Club of Ocean City had sponsored the Chili Cookoff and when the group recently disbanded, Feldman offered to take over the event. Chad Rogers, the general manager at Greene Turtle West, and Boz Jefferson, of Movement Mortgage, were essential to this year’s success, Feldman said.

“It’s hard to believe this event has been going on for 20 years,” Feldman said. “You get to see friends during the holiday season and it benefits people in our community who need help.”

The cost of admission is $10 or a new, unwrapped children’s toy.

The Chili Cookoff will take place from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the West Ocean City Greene Turtle on Route 611.

Restaurant representatives can sign up to participate in the Chili Cookoff by contacting Feldman at Joel@HorizonGroupRealEstate.com or call 410-365-7344.

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