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Date of Issue: February 03, 2010

Sandbar takes chili up a notch

Chili for a cold day

Deborah Torres and Chris Gray sample some of the chili entries at the Sandbar Restaurant’s sixth annual chili cookoff. Islander Photos: Kimberly Kuizon

Beckett Culhane looks over a homemade chili dog

Winners of the chili cook off are, left to right, second-place Mark Anderson, classic chili Martha Wright, most intense and best ingredient Luis Ortiz, and first-place winner Jeff Cavanaugh.

A cold winter day set the perfect scene for the annual Sandbar Restaurant staff chili cookoff on Jan. 12. Employees from the Sandbar started the chili contest six years ago.

“We first started the contest as a morale booster,” said manager Cheryl Scranton. Now, a few years later, the contest has grown from a few entries to almost 30.

Entries ranged from classic chili, to wild turkey chili to one mixed up with pepperoni and sausage.

“Our contest has gotten more interesting because of the Internet.…this is just one way for people to show off their cooking,” Scranton remarked.

This year the Sandbar at 100 Spring Ave. invited employees from the other two Chiles Group restaurants, the BeachHouse and Mar Vista, to join the contest.

Five winners were chosen, including Jeff Cavanaugh of the BeachHouse, who came in first-place followed by second-place winner Mark Anderson. A classic chili award went to Martha Wright, and Luis Ortiz won two prizes, most intense and best use of ingredient.

Editor’s note: Kimberly Kuizon, is an employee of the Sandbar.