Everyone was a winner at the Howard Hanna Chili Cook-off in Bay Village on Nov. 9, even though Bay Men’s Club took home the $100 prize for best chili.
Chili lovers filled the Bay Village Community House to vote for their favorite entry and enjoy a $5 all-you-can-eat lunch dished up by the 11 chili chefs. “The community always rallies and comes out in support of this event,” Leah Gibbons, Howard Hanna Bay Village sales office manager, said.
Each year, Howard Hanna Real Estate conducts charity events in all of its offices to benefit the Children’s Free Care Fund. Since the inception of the fund 25 years ago, Howard Hanna has raised more than $8.3 million for local children’s hospitals. The more than $2,000 in funds from the third annual Bay Village Chili Cook-off will go to the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Akron Children’s Hospital and MetroHealth children’s hospitals.
This year’s chili chefs represented several community organizations and businesses. Participants included Bay Skate & Bike Park, Bay Men’s Club, Bay Village Historical Society, Village Food Project, BAYarts, Michael Heaton, Bay Village Kiwanis, Dan Rettig, Moosehead Saloon, Ironwood Cafe and Zoup. The tasters raved about the delicious and unique chili entrees. Recipes ranged from the Bay Men’s Club Texican sirloin chili with brown sugar and Velveeta cheese to the historical society’s Higbee’s “Straight Red” and the Village Food Project’s black bean chili with butternut squash and greens over quinoa. Some participants like author, reporter and Bay Village resident Michael Heaton refused to divulge their ingredient “sources.” Heaton’s entry was a Jalapeno and Black Bean Fireball Chocolate Chili.