Peabody PTA Chili Cook-Off Results
By David Royer
There was no mystery meat on the menu in the Peabody Elementary cafeteria Feb. 11, where 22 teams assembled for the Fifth Annual Cooper-Young/Peabody PTA Chili Cook-Off.
Teams turned up the heat in a fiery face-off that raised more than $1,500 for Peabody, more than the previous year, organizer Josh Spickler said.
In an un expected victory, a duo of Peabody teachers ― Dominique Mendoza and Emily McMillen of the Teach for America team ― took top honors from judges Craig Blondis of Central BBQ, school board member Tomeka Hart and Neisey Bobo of Ching’s Wings.
Wendy Sumner-Winter was the people’s choice for best chili. Glen Thomas of Glenferno won the Hot Chili category, while John Shoemaker’s Textbook Chili and Jason Whitworth’s Team Whitworth shared the Most Unusual award. There were no vegetarian entries this year.
The money will be used toward beautification efforts on the campus and surrounding area, and may help Peabody secure a grant for a “giant, super-cool shade structure for the playground,” Spickler said.
Mayor AC Wharton, whose grandson Andrew is a kindergartner at the school, spoke to the crowd of more than 100, calling Peabody the “greatest school in the city of Memphis.”
Rep. Steve Cohen also attended the event.