Churches’ chili cook-off is success
With nearly a thousand dollars in the donation pot, Pastors Brian Riedy and Scott Paradise declared their first annual chili cook-off a success.
Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, 604 Fourth St., and St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 417 Howertown Road, joined forces Feb. 3 to set up the fundraising event to benefit the Catasauqua Food Bank. The event was held at St. Paul’s.
Attendees got a chance to sample each chili concoction and vote for their favorite. In addition to the chili, Russ Bass brought a sample of his brisket. Bass has his own hand-built, custom smoker set up on American Street.
The competitive contest that brought in the funds was the dueling chili bowls made by the two pastors. You had to fork over at least $2 to vote. Early in the contest, Paradise said the parish that loses the contest would need to listen to a 45-minute sermon. By 5 p.m., it was upped to an hourlong sermon.
The final tally — St. Paul’s collected $327, and Holy Trinity collected $259. The rest of the money came from selling deserts and some of the baskets on the tables.
A large portion of Holy Trinity’s congregation attended Sunday services at St. Paul’s.