I am sure the hundreds of people who attended this year's "Challenge Your Colon" Chili Festival to benefit the Premier Cares Foundation enjoyed, not only the chili, but the cornbread and chocolate chip cookies too!
The Villa Borghese was more beautiful than ever, and provided the perfect atmosphere for people to mingle, chat, sample, and enjoy the visual impact of the many different table displays.
The Premier Cares Foundation holds this community event every year to raise funds in support of their mission to provide support and education to individuals in our community lacking sufficient funds to address significant health issues, including prostate and colon cancer and other diseases and conditions.
A number of awards are presented each year, including the Premier Award for BEST CHILI which this year went to Mole Mole in Poughkeepsie! Congratulations!
The People's Choice Award for BEST CHILI went to Mill House Brewing Company in Poughkeepsie! Congratulations!
(So now that's TWO places to go right here in Poughkeepsie, should you get a yen for fabulous chili!)
The People's Choice Award for the BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES went to Anthony Cardoso of Cardoso Cookies in Hopewell Junction! Congratulations!
(And, as you know, after something savory, you have to have something sweet. There, I've given you an official excuse.)
A tremendous THANK YOU goes to all the local restaurants who donated their time, talent, and tasty offerings in support of this great fundraiser. ALL the food was absolutely outstanding and how lucky for all of us who live here that we have so many talented chefs and wonderful venues to enjoy great food.
The perfect musical accompaniment to our Chili Fest was provided by the Raspberry Fiddlers! Everyone's toes were tapping. I even got in a little dancing with an unsuspecting guest who happened to be passing by at just the right moment. She might have thought it was the wrong moment . . .
There were a number of other awards presented. For a full list of winners, more pictures, and to find out more about the great work of the Premier Cares Foundation, visit http://www.premiermedicalhv.com/premier-cares-foundation/.
What fun we had! If you weren't there, you should definitely make a note to come next year.
photos Joe Daily's Scrapbook