Schools & Local Groups Dominate Chili Contest


The 10th Annual 100th Precinct Community Council Chili and Mac & Cheese Cook-off showed that sometimes homecooked meals can’t be beat. With 28 chili and 15 macaroni and cheese entries, the competition that included dishes from local restaurants sure was hot, but it was some local organizations that claimed bragging rights at this year’s contest. However, everyone could agree on one thing, it was a fun night for the community.

On Friday, April 26, the Knights of Columbus was boiling with good vibes and good eats as the community came out to find out who has the best chili and mac ‘n’ cheese dishes in town, while supporting the 100th Precinct Community Council, which does great work for the community and the NYPD year-round. With 43 dishes to taste, there’s no doubt guests left full and satisfied, but The Wave’s Mark Healy and Detective Byrd of the 100th Precinct had the real tough job of picking which was better than the rest.

This year, Scholars’ Academy showed they’re not just book smart, but skilled in the kitchen as they took home the first-place trophy for their chili dish. Coming in second, NYPD Transit District 23 proved a great chili doesn’t need to include meat as their vegetarian dish earned second. In the Mac ‘n’ cheese contest, the Friends of Beach 59th Street Playground dished out a first-place winner, with FDNY EMS Bureau of Training earning second.

Guests not only got to enjoy some good food, but good music provided by Police Officer/ DJ Mark Braun, plus the chance to win some great raffle prizes donated by local businesses. Also, guests had a voice in the competition and got to vote for the People’s Choice Awards. This year, the crowd favorite for both their chili and mac ‘n’ cheese dishes was from the St. John’s Home for Boys, who also happened to help serve up the food to the guests, along with the NYPD Explorers.

Congratulations to Joe Young, Kathy Heavey and the rest  of the 100th Precinct Community Council crew, and all the volunteers that made this event another big hit.

Photos by Kathy Heavey.