3rd annual Chili Chowder Cook Off draws big crowd in Amherst

AMHERST – More than 500 people came out and enjoyed the third annual Chili Chowder Cook Off on Jan. 26, held at the Amherst Business Center on Route 101A.

Hosted by Opportunity Networks and the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce, the event brought together an array of area restaurants and amateurs to compete within their division for bragging rights as the best.

Bellevance Beverages sponsored the Beverage Garden for the second year in a row. Centrix Bank was the Chili Chowder Cook Off event sponsor, First Colebrook Bank was the Sonic Boomers band sponsor and Rescom Windows also provided financial support. Special thanks goes to the Mareld Companies for donating the space for the event.

Also providing assistance were Souhegan Printed Products, H2O Waste Disposal and Wendi’s Cleaning Services. Amherst Junior Women’s Club offered homemade treats.

The Souhegan Valley Chamber is proud to partner with Opportunity Networks. The nonprofit organization offers more than 30 years of experience in bringing the local able and disabled of the communities together and developing strong relationships that provide the platform for community-based employment, volunteer and life experiences, and school to work transitional programs.

The winners are:

Professional Division

? Best Chili – LaBelle Winery

? Best Chowder – Yankee Chef (for the third consecutive year)

Amateur Division

? Best Chili – John Babb

? Best Chowder – Ed Fischer

People’s Choice Division

? Best Chili – LaBelle Winery

? Best Chowder – Yankee Chef

The Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce fosters relationships among the businesses, civic and nonprofit organizations that result in strengthening the economic fabric of the communities and region it serves.