The 8th Annual Chili & Chowder Cookoff is Coming…and We’re Going

For the 8th year in a row, amateur and professional cooks are arming themselves with their finest crocks of chili and chowder on Sunday, February 10th, in a charity event benefitting the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The annual event, hosted at Trackside Station in Rockland and organized by the Rockland Professional Firefighters Local 1584 chapter of the International Association of Fire Fighters, has successfully raised over $19,000 to date for MDA.

Chili CookoffGuests are invited to sample the various entries and test the limits of how much beer the human body can hold from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., before a winner is selected by local celebrity judges in both the professional category, featuring local restaurants, and the amateur or individual category. The fee for both participants and guests is $10, and anyone interested in entering a chili and/or chowder for consideration should contact Carl Anderson at 831-9323 or via email at

After winning the trophy in 2015 for the “Professional” category, we’ll be back putting a new recipe to the test, which presents a conundrum: Do you enter the same chili that you won with before? Or do you try something new? Do I even remember how to cook, after over a year away from a commercial kitchen? Join us on Sunday, and we can all see if I’ve still got the juice, while helping a great cause at the same time.

Edited February 10th, 2019: I won.


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