The Fourth Annual Chilifest was another success as 11 chefs competed for the attention of judges and the 150 attendees.
Held on October 7th at our Bothell funeral home, Chilifest was a partnership between Washelli, the Greater Bothell Chamber of Commerce and HopeLink, a local food bank. Judges included Tim & Victoria Hunter, Rev. Tor Berg and Mike McNamee. Attendees could vote for the Peoples’ Choice award with donations of food or cash to Hopelink. Local radio station KOMO interviewed our community relations coordinator Dale Amundsen that morning about the gastronomical event.
Winners of the juried categories were Richard Olson and Susan Gardner of OlsonDesign in the Green Bean (vegetarian) category (a pumpkin-based concoction); Leeann Tesorieri of Country Village for the Mr. Meaty Award; the Burnt Spoon was awarded to Shirley King at the CarePlus Medical Center; and the Judges’ Choice Award went to Christina Parish from Kenmore Self Storage for her “Witches Brew”.
Richard and Susan also garnered the most votes in the Peoples’ Choice award for their “Chilikin” chili.
We are proud to report that quantities of Rolaids, Alka-Seltzer and Beano were on hand for all who tasted.
From the Bothell Reporter article “Colorful Chilifest”; Chilifest 2009. Photographs by Andy Nystrom.
“Pictured are Seahawks fan Julie Cosgrove of J2J Creative discussing her “Tailgatin’ Chili” with an attendee and Judy Gratton of RE/MAX Town Center serving her “Chiquita Chili” at last Thursday night’s Greater Bothell Chamber of Commerce Chilifest at Evergreen Washelli Funeral Home in Bothell. In the background with Gratton are Brad and Lisa Havens of Forte Communications (“Bar H’ Hatch Chili”). Cosgrove mixed bratwurst, beans and peppers into her chili. Gratton’s concoction featured pork and bananas. Winners were: Evergreen Washelli’s “Meaty Man’s Chili” (Mr. Meaty); Bastyr University’s “Bastyr’s Bodacious Beans” (Green Bean); Chateau at Bothell Landing’s “Lip-Licking Green Chili” (Burnt Spoon); and Three Cups of Tea’s “Not Just Another Chicken Chili” (Judges’ Choice). Jennifer Armenta’s “Serendipity” won the People’s Choice award. The estimated 180-200 attendees tasted 14 types of chili during the event, which raised $1,000 in cash and food for Hopelink.”