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published on 11/25/2008

Bachman Chili Cookoff a Success


Bachman just held the first Bachman Chili Cookoff on November 8th, and over 500 mountain residents attended. Official judges included Janet Waycaster of Waycrazy's BBQ, Aaron Long, chef of Market Street Tavern, Greg Filter of Connoisseurs Catering, author Cathy Holton, and Christina Piccolo from Nino's.

Ten community teams competed in the cookoff, and the winners were:

1st Place Traditional Chili ($200 cash prize) - The Chili Millies

1st Place Non- Traditional ($200 cash prize) - Signal Mountain Christian School

2nd Place Overall ($75 plus Lodge cast iron set) -

Girl Scout Troop #25

People's Choice Award ( $100 cash) - Crye-Leike Realty

Best Booth ($75 plus Lodge cast iron set) - Cheerific Hair Salon

The following celebrities competed in a separate cookoff, raising money for their own favorite charities:

Annette Allen of the Signal Mountain Town Council raising money for the Mountain Stewards

Elizabeth Akins of the Walden Town Council raising money for WRES

Lisa Huskey from SMMHS raising money for Muscular Dystrophy Foundation

Mrs. Bernie Johnson from Nolan Elementary raising money for the Ronald McDonald House

Officer Hill raising money for the DARE program

The celebrities spent the day visiting with local residents and "selling" their favorite . In the end, Mrs. Bernie raised the most cash for the Ronald McDonald House and won the celebrity cookoff.

In addition to great food, Bachman offered live music from Eddies of the Wind and Mountain Cove, and a kids' area with face painting, inflatables, and crafts. In the end, it turned out to be a beautiful day and a prefect opportunity for the community to join in a little healthy competition while raising much-needed funds for their local community center.

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