[singlepic id=21 w=320 h=240 mode=web20 float=left]By Emily Bishop
The 3rd Annual Cooper-Young/Peabody School Chili Cook-Off was a huge success, raising almost $1,800 (twice the amount of last year) for improvements to the community playground at Peabody School and bringing around 300 people to the Peabody cafeteria on February 27th.
Most Unusual Chili – Rene Erickson and the Midtown Chili Bombers
Judge’s Choice – Rene Erickson and the Midtown Chili Bombers
People’s Choice – John Shoemaker of Houghton Mifflin Publishers for his “Textbook Chili.”
Best Vegetarian Chili – Nicole Hogan, a Felix resident and Peabody parent
Best HOT Chili – Mrs. Berryman and the Peabody Cooking Club
For the second year in a row, the block club with the most participation at the chili cook-off was Nelson Avenue (Cooper to Barksdale), and Ms. Magbee’s first grade class won a pizza party for having the most Peabody students represented.
Special thanks goes to the “celebrity” judges, Neisey Bobo, Peabody parent and owner of Ching’s Wings, Craig Blondis, future Peabody parent and owner of Central BBQ, and Kym Clark, midtown resident and Action News 5 anchor.