Annual Chili Cook-off is a Hot Event



First Class Properties serving their spicy chili

Jo Schmeiser CCGM Executive Director 

 The Chamber of Commerce and The Heritage at Milford, along with over forty others enjoyed celebrating the 9th Annual Chili Cook-off Wednesday March 2nd at the Heritage in Milford.

Milford City Mayor, Ronnie Rogers, his wife Ruth, CCGM Secretary & Owner of Dorey Insurance & Financial Services Angela Dorey, Shawnee Country Club General Manager Tricia Marney, Artisans’ Bank Assistant V.P. & Milford Branch Manager Deanna Smith and County Bank Assistant Vice President Jeremy Reed were the judges at this year’s event.  They say they had a wonderful time, enjoyed all types of chili and they appreciated the tummy relief medication donated by Walgreens. 

In the “Chef” category, Abbott’s Grill, the Georgia House, Frederica Senior Center and Mr. Barbeque.  Chef Ryan Cunningham, from Abbott’s Grill, took home the prize.  His chili had meat, beans and even corn in the mix.  Make sure to contact Abbott’s to see when Chef Ryan has his award winning recipe on the menu.

“Amateur Chef’s”, or as we like to call them “Chef  Wanna-Be’s” included Delmarva Broadcasting Operations Manager Steve Monz, Kent Sussex Industries President Craig Crouch, Joe Lear from the Milford Community Band, First Class Properties Realtor Joanne Milton and from Gooden’s Florist, Lora Gooden.

For the second year in a row, Steve Monz was the winner in the “Amateur Chef” Category.  Steve says he has several types of meat in his chili, as well as his secret ingredient.  Contact Steve at Cool 101.3 to find out what that secret ingredient is that makes his chili so good.

Over forty people (the largest attendance to date) enjoyed samples of chili and all the fixings provided by the contestants, and cornbread made by the chefs at the Heritage. Guests at the event got to sample a piece of Chili Pepper Cake donated by Donna Stalvey from First Class Properties.

Attendees also enjoyed a strolling, guitar playing Cowboy, and entertainment by Just Kidding Around. 

Mike Baker, from C.M. Baker, brought his camera, computer and green screen.  With the use of a green screen Mike was able to put event oriented, fun backgrounds on each picture. Guests really enjoyed having their picture taken, and especially appreciated the keepsake photo with the unique background.  (visit the chamber website or facebook page to view all the pictures)

And if that wasn’t enough, several chamber members donated door prizes, including a bottle of wine (nicely paired with chili) from Mike’s Liquors.  The Tax Chicks, Tastefully Simply, Donna Stalvey and Mr. Barbeque donated gift baskets suited to go with any chili related lunch, dinner or party.  Walls Farm and Garden donated a bottle of Chili Sauce, and Larson’s Lawn Mower Shop donated several cutting boards good for all food preparation.

For information about any of the businesses or organizations mentioned, call the chamber at 422.3344, stop in the chamber at 5 S. Washington Street and pick-up literature or a Milford Quality Living Book, or visit

Staff of Gooden's Florist prepare for the judges