The first-ever Big Queer Chili Cookoff was LIT.
Thank you to everyone who joined us and made donations to the RAPP Campaign, which fights to get aging people released from prison. Together we raised $1300! Huge thanks to event partners Queer Soup Night and Food Book Fair for making it such a success, and to our esteemed judges and chefs, our glamorous hostess Shaquanda, and C’mon Everybody for inviting us in!
Competing chefs Holly Sheppard of Po'Mi, MJ Sanders of Brownsville Community Culinary, Woldy Reyes of Woldy Kusina, Liz Alpern of Queer Soup Night, and Lukas Volger of Jarry each presented their own of pots of chili for the judges and crowd, who voted for their favorites by dropping cash donations for the RAPP Campaign into their favorite chefs’ jars.
Delicious cornbread was served on the side by bakers Gabriella Vigoreaux of Smith Canteen and Lani Halliday of Brutus Bakeshop, with special cocktails by Shannon Mustipher and Al Culliton.
Our host for the evening, Shaquanda of Shaquanda’s Hot Pepper Sauce, provided expert commentary and guest judges Ora Wise, Andy Baraghini, T. Wise, DeVonn Francis, and Kimberly Chow Tsun An navigated a very close and tough competition to deliver the top prize to Woldy Reyes. Congrats Woldy!
View the gallery of photos below, and be sure to join us at our next event!
Photos by Steve Viksjo
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