Red hot Chili Cook-Off
By JR Ancheta
Sun Star Reporter
A crowd of people at the Wood Center briefly abandoned the harsh 20-below weather as they sampled homemade chili on Thursday, Dec. 2. The Student Activities Office (SAO) hosted the Great Chili Cook-Off Thursday afternoon as a fundraiser for the United Way campaign on campus.
Eight chilies had notable ingredients making them distinct offerings. Half of the contestants used chocolate, and five out of eight used beer. A vegetarian chili was offered by team ASUAF, and SAO had Cajun-style chili. One contestant used moose and another used coffee.
“It’s definitely a good warm-up on a cold day,” said Madeleine Morales-Stanley, a junior. “The spicy chili [was] getting into the heart of me.” Participants paid $5 to sample chili made by the Wood Center departments.
“Even though we [the Wood Center departments] are all one, we all have different missions and different things, but this way we are working
together to do something and getting students involved,” said SAO director Cody Rogers said. The competition created camaraderie amongst those involved.
“Everybody had fun doing it, and it was fun!” said contestant Julene Lowdermilk from team The Hot Mamas & the Papa. Last year’s Best Chili from team Pub Love’s Tasty Tailgater made another appearance this year. Pub Manager Heather Kraemer appeared confident, but cautious due to the fierce competition.
The Ragin’ Cajun Chili from SAO won first place for Chili Champion, Hot Mamas and Papa won second, and The Pub and L.I.V.E. tied for third. About 70 people judged, and the fundraiser raised $350 for the United Way.