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The sold-out crowd at the 2019 Chili Cook-Off. (Photos by Elizabeth Wagner)
Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. held its second annual North Fork Chili Cook-Off Sunday afternoon at its Peconic location.
Hundreds attended the sold-out event, sampling chili from nine local restaurants: 1943 Pizza Bar, American Beech, Ammirati’s of Love Lane, Crazy Beans Restaurant, First & South, Green Hill Kitchen, Grace and Grit, Jennie’s at Drossos and Love Lane Kitchen.
Green Hill Kitchen’s Alfie Ong, Chef Wolfgang Ban and Robin Mueller took first place in the competition for their “Smokey Hill Chili” made with Tidal Lager. First & South was runner up and Jennie’s at Drossos came in third.
The judges were James Beard award-winning pastry chef and owner of North Table and Inn Claudia Fleming; owner and chef of Art of Eating event planning and catering Cheryl Stair; founder of Peconic Escargot and chef at PawPaw Taylor Knapp; 8 Hands Farm’s Julian Shapiro and 2018’s North Fork Chili Cook-Off winner and owner of Little Creek Oysters Ian Wile.
Crazy Beans’ “Crazy Granny Franny’s Smokin’ Chili” made with Otherside IPA won the People’s Choice award. And the favorite chili made by a brewery staffer went to Doug Gerowski for his “KJ’s Blow Your Face Out Tex Mex Chili” made with Black Duck Porter.
See more photos of the North Fork Chili Cook-Off by Elizabeth Wagner below: