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West Bay Rotary holds tasty Chili Challenge

By Susan Mustapich | Feb 10, 2020
Photo by: Susan Mustapich West Bay Rotary member Cindy Christian was at the head of the line serving chili from Waterfront Restaurant.

CAMDEN — Chili Challenge ticket holders were treated to a showcase of spicy samples made by local restaurants and chefs Saturday.

West Bay Rotary hosts the annual event, timed with Toboggan Championship weekend, as a fundraiser to benefit charities and nonprofit organizations.

The long tables at 16 Bay View began to fill up around 4:30 p.m., and turned over several times during the two-hour event Feb. 8.

The samples were generous 3-ounce servings. Part of the challenge was deciding whether to eat all, or not to eat all, of the delicious offerings.

Some people ate all 27 ounces, while others tasted just enough to choose one favorite.

Various strategies were put into play to figure out how to separate the very good, from better and best. For some people, heat was a plus, and for others a minus. Some even took notes.

Favorites were chosen, and ranked by the number of votes they received, with first place going to Graffam Brothers Seafood Market, second place to Rockport Diner and third place to Marriner's Restaurant.

There were plenty of votes to go around for all the restaurants and chefs, including Waterfront Restaurant, Nurembega Inn, Bagel Cafe, 16 Bay View, French & Brawn Market and Quarry Hill.



Phillip Crisco, chef and co-owner of the Nurembega, serves his Bega Beef and Bean at the West Bay Rotary Chili Challenge Feb. 8. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Nine restaurants and chefs offer their chili creations in support of West Bay Rotary's fun fundraiser for charities and nonprofit organizations. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
A good turnout was seen at the West Bay Rotary Chili Challenge at 16 Bay View Feb. 8. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
After enjoying delicious chili, everyone voted for their favorite on their way out the door. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
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