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Hot chili; chilly day

Team La Loma from left to right—Zach Cottrell, Eric Dunn, and Mark Brinkerhoff having fun handing out their award winning green chili.

Michael Shepler of Tony’s Market proudly holds his trophy for Best Red Chili.

Article and photos by Lisa Nicklanovich

The competition to claim the title of “best chili” was still strong, despite the cold rain on October 13 at the 5th Annual Best in the West Chili Cook Off in the Village at Castle Pines. The 26 teams presented chili to attendees who braved the weather to cast their vote and support the Women’s Crisis and Family Outreach Center. One taster commented, “Well, it’s a great day for warm chili!”

After the votes were counted, Tony’s Market won first place in the red chili category and La Loma Mexican Restaurant won first place in the green chili category (La Loma also won 5280’s editor’s choice award for best green chili in 2011). Winners were presented with a trophy as well as $200 cash. Dos Banditos, a winner last year, took second place for its green chili and Dr. Kim Williams, of Higher Health Chiropractic, won second place in the red chili category.

The Parker Brothers Band provided ambience and a big bounce house gave the kids a place to stay warm and dry. One chili fan went from tent to tent tasting chili while pulling his two daughters along in a red wagon fitted with a canopy. Elaine Love, President of the Rotary Club of Castle Pines, — the sponsor of the event, said, “It’s a tribute to the community that folks were undeterred by the weather and still came out to support the event and the Women’s Crisis and Family Outreach Center. We thank everyone who contributed.”

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