Chili Cook-Off Feb 2010
Feb 19th 2010 - Market Square St Catharines,

What do Auto Workers Know about Cooking Chili?

The 4th Annual Chili Cook off, organized by St Catharines Downtown Association and Community Care was a great success. Approximately 500 residents of Niagara turned out to sample the 20 different Chili’s prepared for the event.

The recipes and competitors were varied; the Chili ranged from mild to hot and included a variety of different and interesting ingredients. The teams included Culinary Schools, High Schools, Restaurants, Fire Fighters, The Police Association, Niagara Parks, Local Businesses and the CAW!

All the entries were excellent; CAW Local 199’s entry received very favorable reviews from everyone who tried it, even from the professional chefs in the contest.

After 3 hours of tasting and lots of fun, the ballots were counted. The two top awards being the People Choice and the Celebrity Judging Panel Selection which were awarded to CAW Local 199 and the Great Wolf Lodge.

We were all very proud of our entry and team spirit, firstly because of the group that came together to create the Chili. We had laid off workers from our Action Centre who simply wanted put something back into the community and to help residents of Niagara who are less fortunate than themselves.

There was The CAW Community Services committee who work with agencies like Community Care, helping raise funds all year.

Rounding out the team was the CAW Education Committee who wanted to help out, but also talk about the issues that matter to the community…

The importance of buying local and supporting local producers.

So Why Was Our Chili so Special?

Our focus was on high quality local produce, initially we made a list of local growers and producers in the Niagara Area and the local produce that could be included in Chili. Our goal was to produce a palatable Chili with high local content.

The Result was a unique recipe for "Niagara Maple Chili".

Local Ingredients included, beef, pork, sausage, tomatoes, onions, peppers, garlic, Niagara’s best Dark beer, maple syrup and apples from Fenwick.

Obviously not everything was from the area, spices and beans were imported but we are confident in saying that the Chili had at least 90 percent Niagara/Ontario content.

At the end of the day we helped raise $4,600 for Community Care, talked about an important issue and had a blast in the process!

As team captain I would like to thank, everyone who came out to support our team, the CAW Action Centre, the CAW Community Services Committee the CAW Education Committee, Linda our Hall Manager and Ben our resident chef.

I would also like to thank the local producers who donated and produced such high quality produce that made our Chili the #1 Peoples Choice.

To answer the question what do Autoworkers know about cooking Chili?

Evidently quite a lot!

Thanks CAW team “Local Flavour”

Peter Scott

People’s Choice Awards

1st - CAW Local 199
2nd - Beatties Basics
3rd - Edgewater’s Tap and Grill


Judges Choice Awards

1st - Great Wolf Lodge
2nd - Rootin Tootin Chili Queens
3rd - Sodexo, Brock Dining Services
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