Chili Cook-Off fills bellies, coffers for Dot Day Parade

The Best in Show award at Sunday’s Dorchester Chili Cook-Off 2019 went to Ashmont Grill and Tavolo Ristorante.  Shown from left:  Emma Douglass, Ashmont Grill; Cook-Off judge Eugenia Soiles, Age Strong Boston; Chris Douglass, restaurants owner and chef; Cook-Off judges Boston City Council President Andrea Campbell and comedian Jimmy Tingle. Lianne Ames photo

The 11th annual Dorchester Chili Cook-off, held on Sunday at the IBEW 103 union hall on Freeport Street, succeeded on multiple fronts, according to organizers, who re-direct proceeds from admission to the Dorchester Day Parade Committee. The event featured entrants from roughly 20 different civic and business organizations in the neighborhood. The winners were decided by a mix of judges and the People’s Choice category— which went to Lower Mills Civic Association— was decided by the votes of cook-off visitors.

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City of Boston Credit Union won Best Non-Beef for its vegetarian chili.  Tiger Stockbridge (center) accepts the award for the team. Lianne Ames photo

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People’s Choice:  Lower Mills Civic Association won the popular vote and took the People’s Choice Award with chili from the Lower Mills Tavern.  From left:  Tavern chef Patrick Doyle and owner Brian O’Donnell, Civic Association president Mike Skillin and member Mike Mackan.  Nancy Knowlton photo