Community Chili Contest

On October 7, 2017 the Chatham Area Business & Arts organization will hold its annual OctoberFeast. This year they have offered Columbia Pathways to Recovery (CPR) the opportunity to raise funds by sponsoring their annual CHILI COOKOFF. The events committee will be using these funds to help sponsor bringing Marc Mero, Champion of Choices to speak to middle school students from five Columbia County School Districts and to the Columbia County Community that same evening. Marc presents a powerful, candid and moving message that encourages students and adults to make meaningful choices, set goals and pursue their passions. The content of the “Choices” program focuses on many timely and significant challenges students experience including bullying, peer pressure, substance use prevention, goal setting and achieving their highest potential.

To help generate the most funds possible we are holding a Community Chili Contest.  We invite you to bring your best chili and have it judged by Chef Nancy Fuller of Food Networks “Farmhouse Rules“, Sal DeAngelo, Chatham Central School District Superintendent and Chatham Village Mayor Tom Curran.  You’ll win bragging rights and great prizes (listed below)!!! If you are interested in participating please let Event Chairperson Teri Conte know ASAP by email at or phone at 518-392-5445.

So please join us for Bragging Rights and an opportunity to support CPR whose volunteer supported Help Line brings Recources, Referrals, Support and Hope to Families in need of Recovery Support Services.  Here are the rest of the details:

1. Completed entry form and entry fee of $10 must be returned to pick up location or by Mail to
Columbia Pathways to Recovery, PO Box 486, Ghent, NY 12075 no later than October 1, 2017.
2. On the day of the contest Bring your best chili in the 9 x 12 Aluminum Tin which is being provided with
this entry form. Tin should be weight at least 3 pounds. If you download the form you can pick up the
tin at American Pie Kitchen & Bath, Chatham Book Store, Somethings Gotta Give or Willow & Oak on Main Street in Chatham.
3. Chili must be hot and ready to serve. We encourage any variety – meatless, spicy, white, or surprise
4. Bring your Chili to the Chili Booth at 10:45 AM on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2017 located on Main Street
in the Village of Chatham.
5. Use the number provided on the entry form to mark your Chili. The judging will be anonymous, but all
must be present at the time of judging which is at 11:00 AM.
6. We will supply all serving items needed, we just need you and your chili.
7. Fill out your Chili Name Tag attached with the name of your chili; a rating for heat level and a list of
8. Winners will be announced at Noon. Columbia Pathways to Recovery will be selling tasting tickets after
the judging is completed as a fund raiser to help sponsor bringing Marc Mero, Champion of Choices to
speak to students from 5 Columbia County School Districts in November.
9. There will be a FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD Place Prize awarded plus Bragging Rights as listed below:
First Place: KitchenAid Slow Cooker donated by American Pie, Kitchen and Table valued at $129
and Signed Farmhouse Rules Cookbook
Second Place: Zwilling pro 10” Serrated Bread Knife valued at $129
Third Place: Mini Staub Cocottes set of 3 – One Cup Ceramic valued at $99