The second annual Platt Tech Chili Throwdown & Craftacular was held at the school on Saturday. Funds raised during the event will support and supplement Platt Tech's athletic program, which suffered a cut in state funding. Chili tasting kits were sold at the door for $5 each.
The majority of funds were raised through Cow-Chip Bingo. A parcel of fenced-in land was divided into 3,000 squares which were sold at $10 a square. As of Friday evening, 2,000 squares were sold. Bessie the cow was led onto the parcel of land Saturday afternoon, she promptly sat down and took a snooze.
The Platt Tech Chili Throwdown is sanctioned by the International Chili Society (ICS) and first place winners of the event are eligible to compete at the World's Championship Chili Cook-off held each year in October.
The cook-off categories included Red Chili, Chili Verde and Salsa. Nick Cowell, a 2009 graduate of Platt Tech, took home first place in the Red Chili category securing him a spot in the World's event and a prize of $1000.
The chili contest offered a restaurant division of which three Milford restaurants competed: Joey C's Road House & Tex Mex, Stonebridge and SBC.
1st- Nick Cowell (1st time going to Worlds) ($1000 prize)
2nd- Dave Schulman ($300 prize)
3rd- Jim Heywood ($200 prize)
4th- Mike Michael Freedman
5th (tie) Kevin Politz (Rookie award), Vicki Tankis
1st- Darrell Dunnum (1st time going to Worlds) ($500 prize)
2nd- Linda McGrath ($200 prize)
3rd- Mike Scranton ($100 prize)
4th- Dave Schulman
5th (tie)- Roxanne Baleccino, Chris Bucciferro
1st- Jim Heywood ($200 prize)
2nd- Linda McGrath ($100 prize)
3rd- Chris Bucciferro ($50 prize)
4th (tie)- Jack Cowell, Vicki Buma Tankis, Mario Saccoccio
Restaurant Division cook-off winners:
1st- Joey C's Road House & Tex Mex, Milford
2nd- Stonebridge Restaurant, Milford
3rd- Southport Brewing Co, Milford
For more information on ICS visit www.chilicookoff.com