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Chili cook-off brings a little heat to wrap up the summer

Article and photos by Amy Shanahan

The Village at Castle Pines was the setting for the eighth annual chili cook-off on a beautiful October day.  Several hundred people came out to enjoy a day of delicious homemade chili, live music from local band Blue Zone and fun with friends and neighbors.  

Charmaine Calderon-Balcerzak from Charmaine’s Bella Colour Salon brought her homemade green chili and had a blast.  “I really enjoyed the chili cook-off; it was fun and I met many of the local residents.  I love cooking, and I participated because many of my friends and family really enjoy my green chili and my homemade salsa – which is one of the ingredients that I add to my chili,” Balcerzak remarked.  

Special congratulations to red chili winner Andrea Noufer of LIV Sotheby’s and green chili winner Craig Hood with Choody’s Chili.



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