Mt. Airy fire fighters were the critical judges in the blind taste test at Rotary's Chili Cookoff. First prize in traditional (meat chili) and top prize 'Firefighter's Favorite' awarded to newcomer owner/chef Jeff Gamurg from Fatty's Bar and Grill in Wyndmoor. (Left to right) Some of the judges are: Keith Oliver, David de Moe, Chris Parker, Lt. Thomas Johnson, Jeffery Parkin, Rotary president Tim Zeigler accepting the 2 awards for Fatty's chef Jeff Gamburg, and Sean Irwin.
Chef Pete Kaiser from McMenamin's Tavern in Mt. Airy wins 1st prize in the People's Choice Award for the 4th time at Rotary's Chili Cookoff. 11 other chili restaurants/caterers competed for the chili prizes. The 450 people who attended voted for the 2 People's Choice Awards. (Left to right) Chef Peter Kaiser surrounded by Rotarians Denise Chaplne, club president Tim Zeigler, Christina Spolsky, Tolis Vardakis, and Gerry Foley.
Chef Bill Waller from MaGerks Pub & Grill in Fort Washington wins 2nd prize in the People's Choice Award. (Left to right): Denise Chapline, chef Bill Waller, Rotary president Tim Zeigler, and Elliot Schwartz.
Lt. Thomas Johnson (standing) leads the Mt. Airy fire fighters (who had not eaten lunch yet!) in judging the best chili in the region from 12 chili restaurants and caterers participating in Rotary's 4th Annual Chili Cookoff last Sunday. All proceeds from the event fund Chestnut Hill Rotary's community and international projects.
Chef Norbert Varga from Chestnut Hill's new restaurant Philading, talking with some of the many attendees at Chestnut Hill Rotary's Chili Cookoff last Sunday. Many new restaurants/caterers in the region competed for best chili prizes in the event including Green Soul, Keystone Hospice, Hungry Bear Cafe, Fatty's, and MaGerks.
Our upcoming community leaders: Cadette Girl Scouts from Troop 73632 helped run rotary tables, serve and collect funds from popcorn and beverage sales at the Rotary Chili Cookoff in Mt. Airy Sunday. (Left to right) Cadette Girl Scout Troop 73632 - Chloe Thorne, Allyson DaSilva, Jessica Wynder, Annalisa Quinn, Kiah Thorne, and Alexis Hicks.
3-1/2 year-old Charlie Rosenwinkel sits on the lap of his grandmother Paula Rosenwinkel waiting for more phenomenal balloons and magic from magician Ed Schmitt at Rotarys 4th Annual Chili Cookoff Sunday in Mt. Airy.

Winners

1st place traditional (meat) chili: Fatty’s Bar & Grill, Wyndmoor, chef/owner Jeff Gamburg

1st place vegetarian/vegan: Trolley Car Diner, Mt. Airy

1st place exotic: Keystone Hospice, Glenside, chef Zack Ftough

Firefighters Favorite Award (Best Overall Chili): Fatty’s Bar & Grill, Wyndmoor, chef/owner Jeff Gamburg

People’s Choice Award: 1st place – McMenamin’s Tavern, Mt. Airy, chef Pete Kaiser
2nd place – MaGerk’s Pub & Grill, Glenside, chef Bill Waller

* All photographs courtesy of Carol Bates and the Chestnut Hill Rotary Club

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