by Michael Switzer, Pathways of Honor
Local community groups supported the Homestyle Chili Cook-Off Competition held this past weekend at the Grain Valley Community Center Pavilion with nine teams in the competition. The teams were local businesses like “The Pest Chili Ever Team“ of Kevin Girtz, Nic and Samantha Bennett from Moxie Pest Control, local charity Purple Peace Foundation and Superwoman Stacey Perry, local resident Tiffany Null as “Team Tiffany” and Dave Null with the Deer Creek Sportsman Club. The “Blue Wave Team “was Chief James Beale, Capt. Scott Hedger, Sgt. Curtis VanderLinden and Kevin Bellmyer from our fine GVPD. City bragging rights were on the line so Mayor Mike Todd entered a team made of his wife Tosha and daughter Harper. The Central Jackson County Fire Protection District (CJCFPD) Team was also seeking bragging rights. Sni-Valley Fire District heard about the competition so Kenny Beal entered the “Beans 911 Team” and “Bonds Dream Team”.
The judges Tasha Lindsay, Theresa Osenbaugh and Shelia Jones were ready with their spoons, cups, milk, water, crackers and enthusiasm to select the Champion, All-star and the Best Flavor Trophies. After tasting samples from all nine teams the Champion Trophy was awarded to the CJCFPD Team of Mark Clark, Glenn Helverson, Chris Helverson, Chief Jeff Grote. They awarded the All-Star Trophy to Deer Creek Sportsman Club Team, Dave Null.
The Best Flavor Award was the most difficult for judges so they did a second taste off with two samples and the final judge’s trophy went to “Team Tiffany” Tiffany Null. The sponsors of the Chili Cook-Off, OOIDA and Valley Tax Service gave the Showmanship Trophy to “Team Tiffany” for Kansas City Chiefs themed booth.
Everyone who purchased a tasting ticket could vote for the People’s Choice Trophy. After tasting the chili at the cook-off they marked their favorite team’s number on back of tickets and deposited the can at ticket desk. The People’s Choice Trophy was awarded to Mayor Mike Todd’s Team.
Grain Valley Chiropractic LLC and Pathways of Honor feel fortunate that the predicted rain held off until the Chili Cook-Off was finished. A final reminder all funds raised by the event will go to finish construction of the Legacy Plaza Veterans Tribute here in Gran Valley Missouri.
A Homestyle Chili Cook-Off was held Saturday, October 5th at the Pavilion at the Grain Valley Community Center to raise funds for the completion of the Legacy Plaza Veterans Tribute. The Champion Trophy was awarded to the CJCFPD team of Mark Clark, Glenn Helverson, Chris Helverson, Chief Jeff Grote.
Photo credit: Pathways of Honor