The Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation held its Second Annual Jerry Adams Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, Oct. 11. There were 18 willing chili chefs, many of them firemen representing various fire stations around the county, as well as a few restaurants, fire department supporters and just great chili makers. They each wanted a chance to win the “copper ladle” trophy.
An island favorite among the booths was manned by Chief Mike Murphy of the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department, who teamed with Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettinoto serve up chili. There was white “hot” chili, buffalo chili and ostrich meat chili, spicy chili and mild chili, just to name a few. On top of chili, CJ’s on the Bay offered a buffet for those who wanted a bit milder meal. Don’t forget all the add-ons: special sauces, cheeses, onions, green pepper, spices, fritos, corn bread and anything else that could be used as an add on was added on!
For $10, patrons received a coffee mug and got to eat all they wanted. CJ’s provided happy hour prices on drinks, and entertainment was provided by Jeff Hilt. Marco theMouse was on hand for youngsters. The new fire boat was manned for tours, and a newly wrapped Fire Foundation vehicle was on display and helped to carry supplies.
The event was a huge success and is held in honor of Jerry Adams, one of our local firemen who lost a battle to cancer. Jerry made many pots of chili in his time at the fire house so it is a fitting tribute. Pictures of Jerry dotted the Esplanade.
First place went to Stonewall’s Restaurant. Second place went to Chef Jack Bowden. Third place went to Craig Weinbaum and his daughter from East NaplesFire Control and Rescue District.
Sponsors were key to the event’s success. They included: CJ’s on the Bay, Condee Cooling and Electric, Clausen Properties, Mango’s Dockside Bistro, Kathy Bogan-Premiere Properties, Darcie Guerin-Raymond James, Dr. Megan Welker, DDS, Dry & Clean Carpet Cleaning, Marco Island Marriott Resort, Sami’s Kwik Stop, Marco Island Brewery, Dr. Thomas Schulte, DO, PA and Elite Nails. Prizes were by Mutual of Omaha Bank, Rose Marina and the Hilton Marco Island, Sunshine Stitchers, Pete Guerin, Coastal Breeze News, Sun Times and the Marco Eagle.