Photo Gallery: Industrial Strength Chili Cookoff

Taste buds were satisfied and winners were crowned at the Fourth Annual Industrial Strength Chili Cookoff fundraiser in Gulfport.

Dozens filled the Art Village Courtyard for the Fourth Annual Industrial Strength Chili Cookoff. The fundraiser for the Industrial Arts Center not only featured a friendly chili competition, but chef's also entered salsa dishes.

I, along with Councilor Jennifer Salmon, Councilor Barbara Banno and David Hastings put our taste buds to the test with 12 entries. Everything from hot, cold, spicy and sweet entertained guests and of course . . the judges!

Special thanks to the Industrial Arts Center for allowing me to take part.

The winners are!


  • First Place: Rajun Cajun with Stephen and Clara Spicer
  • Second Place: Dennis Reid
  • Third Place: Yummy's


  • First Place: Sarah Froggatt and Brian Crawford
  • Second Place: Todd Swords
  • Third Place: Smoking' J's

Check out our photos from the event! Did you snap some? Add them to this article!

Cherlene Willis September 23, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Thanks for uploading photos Phil! LOVE the candid one of the judges! - Cherlene
Lynn DiVenuti September 23, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Thank You Cherlene!! You were right there taking pictures, tasting & judging chili, putting a smile on everyone's face. Thank you and The Patch ever so much for all your support for the IAC and all the local charities in our community. David, Barbara, and Jennifer- you are the bomb. Thank you so much for your bright energy, commitment, and your dedication to our community. All of you are a gift to everyone whose life you touch.
Lynda September 23, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Cherlene, for those of us who weren't able to attend, could you repeat the address for donations? Thanks.
Cherlene Willis September 24, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Lynda! The contact information is 2902 Beach Blvd. #A, Gulfport, FL 33707 or call (727) 289-9365. - Cherlene


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