Hot or mild?
Local politicians and community servants lined two tables to serve as judges for the annual Heartland of Urbana Chili Cook-Off on Thursday at lunch time. Aroma, spice and quality of ingredients all combined in a scoring method for judges to taste, savor and then assign a row of numbers for each entry.
The contest includes an assortment of chili recipes entered by Heartland employees hoping to win the “Golden Ladle” award. The best mild recipe and the best hot/spicy recipe were chosen by judges and the best of the best will be served during a fundraiser supper and auction on March 3.
The winner in the mild category was Dawn McCall, Heartland of Urbana administrator. Winning the hot category was Lisa Ebert, Heartland of Urbana admission/marketing director.
The March 3 supper begins at 5 p.m. There will also be a pie and cake auction featuring local auctioneer Ron Williams conducting the sale. Tickets for the supper are $5 per person and $2 for children under the age of 10.
Each year Heartland chooses a recipient to receive 100 percent of the proceeds from the fundraiser. This year’s beneficiary is Sycamore House Pregnancy Center. Once housed on Sycamore Street near Urbana High School, the center recently moved to 1150 Scioto St., Suite 200 behind CRSI.
Sycamore House is a non-profit agency offering “compassionate support and assistance to anyone facing a pregnancy or experiencing post-abortion stress,” according to its literature. All services and support are confidential and provided free of charge.
According to Sycamore House’s literature, the center also provides information about pregnancy, abortion procedures, adoption, parenting and sexually-transmitted infections.