Senior center hosts chili cook-off

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer

Yum, was the word one judge used to describe the chili that was entered in the fifth annual chili cook-off hosted by the Portales Senior Citizen Center on Tuesday night. The event raises funds for the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund.

With the introduction of the five judges, chosen from the community, the contest commenced, with 11 pots of chili that were being judged. Their were also 13 pies and six pumpkins that were entered in their respective contests, said James Good, Portales Senior Citizen Center Director. The top three from each category will be chosen as the winners, said Good.

“These are the most pots of chili that we have had out here,” said Good.
Proceeds from the event totaled $278 which will go to the purchase of toys and other items for the children, said Good. The center usually buys for 10 to 15 children, and has hopes to buy for at least 20 this year, he said. Each year that the contest has been held, the senior citizen board has voted to match the funds raised at the event. Good feels that the board will once again step up to the plate and match the funds again, which will bring the total to over $500, he said.

“It’s for a great cause, it helps a lot of children, said Good. I think it went very well.”

Using the same recipe for 20 years, chili cook-off contest winner Bill Owen described her winning pot of chili as the perfect recipe. Having won a contest in Oklahoma, the chili has more than a half dozen ingredients, said Owen.

“I think it’s fantastic,” said Owen of winning the contest. “I’ll make chili for these people any time they want.”

The PNT asked a few folks what they thought made the perfect pot of chili.

Sen. Stuart Ingle
Chili Cook-off Judge

Q. What makes the perfect pot of chili?
A. “I like chili with more meat and a little fire in it.”

Polk Clark

Q. What makes the perfect pot of chili?
A. “It’s hard to tell, some like it hot and some like it mild. Everybody makes it different.”

Steven Gamble
Chili Cook-off Judge

Q. What makes the perfect pot of chili?
A. “Something mild, with meat and beans.”

Stanley Bilberry
Chili Cook-off Judge

Q. What makes the perfect pot of chili?
A. “A good cook.”