9th annual event raised over $26,000; winners announced

St. Michael’s Foundation hosts successful chili cook-off event
Most Creative winner—Professional: Wilbert Café, Cotton, MN

Most Creative winner—Professional: Wilbert Café, Cotton, MN

VIRGINIA – It was a cold, wet and perfect evening for St. Michael’s 9th annual Chili Cook-Off on Sept. 20. The Miners Memorial Building arena was full to capacity with the biggest crowd ever tasting chili at the St. Michael’s annual event.

St. Michael’s Foundation’s signature event showcased 33 chili cooks in three categories: Individual, Clubs and Organizations, and Professionals—all making their favorite chili recipes and participating in a friendly competition for awards.

This year’s Chili Cook-off raised over $26,000. All proceeds will directly benefit the residents of St. Michael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia.

Most Creative Chili winner—Clubs and Organizations: Friends of the Mt. Iron Library. Submitted photos

Most Creative Chili winner—Clubs and Organizations: Friends of the Mt. Iron Library. Submitted photos

Taster’s Choice Award runner-up (tie): Tom Mortaloni and Pirates of the Chili Bean

Taster’s Choice Award runner-up (tie): Tom Mortaloni and Pirates of the Chili Bean

Most Creative winner—Individual Category was Brian Miller

Most Creative winner—Individual Category was Brian Miller

Taster’s Choice winner: Wilbert Café, Cotton, MN

Taster’s Choice winner: Wilbert Café, Cotton, MN

Best Overall Chili winner—Individuals: Pirates of the Chili Bean

Best Overall Chili winner—Individuals: Pirates of the Chili Bean

Spirit Award runner-up: DSGW, Inc. Mad Scientists

Spirit Award runner-up: DSGW, Inc. Mad Scientists

Best Overall Chili winner—Clubs and Organizations: Friends of the Mt. Iron Library

Best Overall Chili winner—Clubs and Organizations: Friends of the Mt. Iron Library

Best Overall Chili winner—Professionals: Wilbert Café, Cotton, MN

Best Overall Chili winner—Professionals: Wilbert Café, Cotton, MN

Spirit Award winner: Pirates of the Chili Bean

Spirit Award winner: Pirates of the Chili Bean

2018 Chili Cook-Off judges (l. to r.): Rudy Harvey, Linda Tyssen, Larry Cuffe, Jr., Dominic Elioff, Barb Wessberg, Chris Clark, Dennis Jerrold, Scott Asbach, Sean Mull and Rick High.

2018 Chili Cook-Off judges (l. to r.): Rudy Harvey, Linda Tyssen, Larry Cuffe, Jr., Dominic Elioff, Barb Wessberg, Chris Clark, Dennis Jerrold, Scott Asbach, Sean Mull and Rick High.

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