Last Saturday, roughly 300 people showed up for the first annual IBEW 11 Chili Cook-Off, including IBEW 11 members and their family members and friends, some from as away far as Las Vegas.
The Cook-Off, presented by the IBEW 11 District 4 Welfare Committee, featured lots of fun for kids of all ages. There were raffles for prizes, plus bingo, cornhole, horseshoes, giant Connect 4, a DJ, a kids’ craft corner, food trucks, and much, much more. Oh … and did we mention chili — lots of chili?
IBEW 11 members and family showed up with their best chili recipes and submitted them for a blind taste test, with each chili assigned a number. Then, after results had been collected, a People’s Choice Award was given for the favorite chili, as chosen by Cook-Off attendees.
After all was said, done, tasted, and tabulated, George Lopez’s chili came in first place and Darren Pelick’s came in second. There was a tie for third place, with Juan Morgan and Selena Barron both taking home a prize for their chilis.
Volunteers from IBEW 11, as well as others who stepped up to give their time, set up, tore down, and cleaned up after the event. District 4 Secretary Heather Renz credited District 4 Business Representative Marc Greenfield and Organizer Ruben Mendoza, plus Jacob Troncoza and Tommy Zielonski from District 6, as being instrumental in making the Cook-Off “a complete success.”
“It was amazing to see how well this local works together as a family,” Renz said, mentioning that plans for next year’s Cook-Off are already in the works.