Chili Cook Off a Success!

The 3rd Annual REACT Chili Cook Off, held last Friday, October 17th at the Berkshire Hills Country Club can officially be declared a success!  Turn out was wonderful, as seen here in some pictures taken courtesy of Ann Meczywor.  The room was full, spirits were high, and delicious chili flowed.  Paula McLean, REACT Chair, is pleased to announce that the proceeds of this year’s event – $1,800, will be presented to Christa Collier of the Berkshire County Kid’s Place.  We look forward to posting a few photos of that in a following Friday Recap message.

Getting Serious About Chili Judging
Ready to Serve

Bringing so many together and providing a wonderful atmosphere of fun and giving could not have been achieved without the charitable acts of so many.  We’d like to thank the following individuals who donated their time, talents and amazing raffle items:



Christine Dupre              Graphic design of all advertising

In Touch Printing           Printing services of all tickets, posters and badges

Tailored Events                Donation of Chaffing Dishes

Rob Dwyer                           DJ

Bartlett’s Orchard          Pumpkin table decorations

Home Depot                       Mum table decorations


We thank the REALTOR firms, affiliates and companies who so graciously donated items for our raffle:

Berkshire Dream Homes       Berkshire Homes & Condos       Berkshire House Hunters

Brockman Real Estate             Burnham Gold Real Estate          Civitan Club/ Irish Sister City

Colt Insurance                            Dwyer Agency                                      McLean REALTORS

MountainOne Bank                 Piretti Real Estate                              Roberts & Associates Realty

Signature Associates               Stone House Properties, LLC     The Kinderhook Group

Tony Blair Real Estate             Pine Cone Hill

And, a very special thank you to all of the restaurants who contributed their delicious chili for tasting.  It goes, without saying, that the event just wouldn’t be such a smash without their generous donations:

6 House Pub                                               Olde Heritage Tavern

Brenda & Company                                On a Roll Café

Chez Nous Bistro                                     Otto’s Breakfast & Deli

Dalton Restaurant                                   Patrick’s Pub

Frankie’s Ristorante Italiano            Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant

Mazcot’s Sports Bar & Grill                Samel’s Deli & Catering

Naturally Catering and Takeout      The Marketplace Cafe and Catering of the Berkshires


We were honored to present our top three winners with a chili pot trophy:

First Place – Naturally Catering and Takeout
2nd Place – Frankie’s Ristorante Italiano
3rd Place – Samel’s Deli & Catering