Chili Competition

Lovell Bowls and Brews Winners

Our three judges--Mark Moulton, Ethel Hurst and Bob Drew

Sunshine Backpak for Kids Information

Sunshine Backpack for Kids Program

Lovell's First Annual Bowls and Brews took place on Saturday, November 10th. By every measure, it was a roaring success. More than $1,500 was raised for the MSAD 72 Sunshine Backpack Food Program. About 80 people came to the Lovell VFW Hall to enjoy 15 chilis and sample a variety of craft beers.

Enthusiasm was high on both sides of the tables as people walked around trying to decide which chili was their favorite. And in between their samples, they were able to enjoy small portions of craft beer. Two top awards, aprons decorated by New Suncook School art students, were given to the first-place winners of the 'Judges Choice' and the 'Peoples Choice'.

Here are the Results:

Judges Choice --

  1. Diane Caracciolo
  2. TIE, Al & Irene Whittemore and the Appalachian Mountain Club
  3. Jean Hunter

Peoples Choice --

  1. Diane Caracciolo
  2. Rosie's Lovell Village Store
  3. John Hendrickson, the Old Saco Inn

Best Decorated Table -- Robert Jackson's Action Chili

The $1,500 raised will go a very long way in helping the hungry children in MSAD 72. For more information about this program and how you might be able to help, please visit their Facebook page here.

A special big thank you to the following: The VFW Hall for the use of their hall, Paula Hughes for working hard to secure the local and state liquor licenses, Chris Hughes for securing beer, our three judges, Mark Moulton, Ethel Hurst and Bob Drew as well as Jeanne Bonner for organizing the judging process.

Be ready for next year's Bowls & Brews where there will be a greater selection of craft beers to sample and a new chowder division!

Lovell Bowls and Brews

For those that remember, Lovell's Chili Challenge always was a popular event. Not only did it attract local chefs entering their 'special' recipe, people came from all over to taste a variety of very good chili. And to top it all off, significant funds were raised for the Fuel Fund.

Every year, however, there were a number of people who would suggest that a beer tasting would be the perfect compliment to the chili. As in many parts of New England, there has been a wonderful explosion of local craft breweries. Why not take the opportunity to showcase them!

So, this November 10th, we will have Lovell's First Annual BOWLS & BREWS. It will be at the VFW Hall on Smart's Hill Road from 2-5 pm. This year's charity will be MSAD 72’s Sunshine Backpack Food Program which sends weekend food home to children in need in the three elementary schools within the District. All proceeds will be donated to the Program. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

As before, there will be two categories, Judges' Favorites and People's Choice. A special prize will also be awarded to the Best Decorated Table and the always popular Bake Sale table will be full of goodies!

Whether you would like to cook or taste, be sure to come to the VFW Hall on November 10th. Please note that the event is now on a Saturday so you won't have to worry about whether the Patriots are winning or losing. 

Click here for an application form. For more information, please contact either Stan Tupaj at 207-925-1500/stan@fairpoint.net or Paula Hughes at 207-925-6846/hughes.paula@yahoo.com. And a special thank you goes to Paula for her effort on soliciting the breweries and doing the necessary liquor license paperwork with the town and state.

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Lovell's 9th Annual Chili Competition

It is now time for all local Chili Aficionados to get ready for the Ninth Annual Battle of the Bowls! Come to the Center Lovell Fire House on Sunday, November 13th from Noon to 2 PM. This always popular event provides an opportunity for professional and amateur chefs to compete for awards and most importantly, bragging rights! Plus a special award for best decorated table.

All proceeds from this event are donated to the Lovell Friends Helping Friends Emergency Fuel Fund which assists local residents who are in need of assistance with winter heating costs. Last year's Challenge raised more than $1,000.

Admission is still only $6 for adults and $3 for children six and under. In addition to the variety of great chili, there will be wonderful treats available for purchase at the popular bake sale.

And the Patriots play a night game!

For more information, call me at 207-925-1500 or send an email at stan@fairpoint.net.

Click here for a Entry Form.

 

2015 Lovell Chili Competition

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The Judges hard at work!

The Judges hard at work!

Sadie Mae Fowler did a GREAT job organizing the Bake Sale

Sadie Mae Fowler did a GREAT job organizing the Bake Sale

 

IMG_1205The Eighth Annual Lovell Chili Competition was a success! All of the judges agreed that the quality of the chili just gets better and better; making their job harder than in past years.

Attendance was down slightly from last year. The NFL somehow scheduled an early afternoon Patriots’ game (they were playing the Redskins and there was no danger of them losing). But we did manage to raise $1,004, about $100 less than last year! Every penny goes directly to the Fuel Fund.

The two first-place winners each receive an apron designed by art students at the New Suncook Cook in Lovell. Thank you Jillian Kaitlyn and Nella & Jordan, the aprons look great!

Here are the winners:

Judges’ Choice:

First Place — Paula Hughes

Second — Mary Heroux

A tie for third — Jean Hunter & Arthur Parmenter

Peoples’ Choice:

First Place — Stow Corner Store

Second Place — Caracciolo Family

Third Place — Ryan Fowler

Best Table Decor — Jean Hunter

Carol Craig was the winner of the 50/50 Raffle and she graciously returned her winnings to the Fuel Fund!

The Chili Challenge Committee would like to thank Fire Chief Tommie McKenzie for the generous use of the Center Lovell Fire House; all of the entrants who spent time and money creating their chili; all of the Lovell bakers who donated outstanding baked goods and to Kevin and Tensey McDonald’s granddaughter, Sadie Mae Fowler, who did a terrific job of organizing and selling all of the baked goods!

If you were unable to attend yesterday’s Chili Challenge but would like to donate, please send a check to:
FRIENDS HELPING FRIENDS
Town Of Lovell
PO Box 236
Center Lovell, ME 04016

8th Annual Chili Competition

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The Fryeburg Fair is open, the morning air is refreshingly crisp and the leaves are turning all sorts of wonderful colors. That suggests that it is time to dust off your fall recipe books and get ready for Lovell's Eighth Annual Chili Competition, The Battle of the Bowls!

This popular event will once again be held at the Center Lovell Fire House on Sunday November 8th from 12-2 pm. All proceeds from the day go to the Lovell Friends Helping Friends Emergency Fuel Fund. This program helps local residents who are in need of assistance with winter heating costs. Last year the Competition raised $1,100!

Residents and businesses throughout western Maine and Mount Washington Valley are invited to participate. There are two distinct categories: People's Choice & Judges' Favorites. All winners will receive a special award.

Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children for six and under. Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, ice cream and a bake sale will also be available. For those unable to attend the Chili Competition but would like to support the program, personal donations may be sent to Friends Helping Friends, Town of Lovell, PO Box 236, Center Lovell, ME 04016.

Plenty of time to jazz up your favorite chili dish (here is one I saw in the New York Times recently) and create a nice table display. A side of cornbread or chips doesn't hurt, either! The Patriots play the Redskins at 1:00 that afternoon. Set your DVD recorder and watch the game after the fun -- I promise not to tell you the score.

2015 Chili Competition Registration Form                  2015 Chili Competition Flyer

Some photos from 2014:

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