Chili lovers turn out for good food and competition in annual CAPPE Chili Fest.
Many in the crowd at this year’s Chili Fest, sponsored by Citizens Against the Pellissippi Parkway Extension, commented that this year’s entries were the best ever. In addition to 14 mouth-watering different chili entries, people enjoyed tortillas and quesadillas and an array of delicious home-baked treats. The Stovall Family Life Center at the First Church of the Nazarene was the perfect setting.
Judges Wilda Cornett, Sharon Davis and Bobbie Aplin selected the winners in three categories, and the guests voted for the People’s Choice.
Dotty Sherman of 2 Granny’s Restaurant in Rockford, entering for the first time, won Best Beef with her Granny’s chili. The judges declared a tie in the Other Meats category: Kim Cook, who got the ribbon in 2008, won again with her Chicken Chorizo and Suzanne Brown won with her Chicken Blanco.
2007 winners Lisa Misosky and Catherine Frye won Best Vegetarian with their Southland Books & Detour Coffee chili. First-time contestant Dennis Busser won People’s Choice with his Oh Deer! Venison chili.
CAPPE’s mission is to educate the public about issues regarding and the impacts of the Pellissippi Parkway Extension, according to the group’s web site. It is a non -profit citizens group opposed to the Pellissippi Parkway Extension.