Chili Cook-Off hits the spot
By Ginger Spickler
The 4th Annual Cooper-Young/Peabody Elementary Chili Cook-Off was another resounding success. Over $1,500 was raised for campus beautification efforts which will be enjoyed by both the school and the neighborhood.
Approximately 150 people, including Congressman Steve Cohen, enjoyed the culinary efforts of the two dozen chili-cooking teams in the Peabody Cafeteria on March 5.
The contest was judged by Central BBQ owner and Peabody dad Craig Blondis, Ching’s Wings owner and Peabody mom Neisey Bobo, and University of Memphis journalism student and MicroMemphis reporter Daniel Wilkerson.
Winners of this year’s contest were John Shoemaker and the Textbook Chili team for People’s Choice, Peabody dad Charlie Land for Best Hot Chili, CY resident Karen Capps for Most Unusual Chili, Kathy Price for Best Peabody Alumni Chili, and taking the prizes for both Best Vegetarian Chili and Judge’s Choice was the team of CY residents Art, Kim, and Ayler Edmiston, a 2nd grader at Peabody.
Event organizer and Peabody dad, Josh Spickler, said, “The Chili Cook-Off is one of my favorite Cooper-Young events of the year. It’s always great to see people from the community and people from our neighborhood school getting together for a great cause. If you’ve never been to the cook-off, mark your calendar now for the last weekend of February 2012!”