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The great chili chase: Rescue squad fundraiser draws 500 people

The Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad has again brought to the community an evening of the best chili one can imagine. The occasion was the squad’s second annual Chili Cook-Off held at the Piankatank Ruritan Club.

On this cool last evening of January over 500 ticket holders had the opportunity to dine on 12 versions of this American dish, made and served by members of six local organizations: The Continentals, Mathews Rotary, Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, American Legion Post 83 and Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad (MVRS). Included on the menu were such delicious dishes as cornbread, homemade desserts and extra condiments. Available at the cash bar were wine and beer.

Three judges used criteria of the International Chili Appreciation Society: aroma, consistency, red color, taste and aftertaste. When the final bowl had been tasted, they awarded the Mathews Lions Club chili the best in the contest. The MVRS and the Knights of Columbus were close, winning honorable mentions. The Con...

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