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South Bay Chili Cook-Off A Hearty Success

Jan 31, 2017 12:46PM ● By Jeanne Fratello

Photo via Manhattan Beach Firefighters Burn Foundation

The third annual South Bay Chili Cook-Off drew hungry crowds to the Manhattan Beach Fire Station on Saturday, January 28, as local chefs and restaurateurs prepared their best chili and competed for trophies and bragging rights.

The event netted about $30,000 for the Manhattan Beach Firefighters Burn Foundation, according to foundation president Steve Fairbrother.

The judges' choice for the top chilis were:

First place - Nick's Manhattan Beach;
Second place - Barans 2936 (Hermosa Beach);
Third place - The Arthur J and Sausal (El Segundo).

The firefighters' choice trophy went to Zinc at Shade Hotel.

More than 300 people attended the event, which has become a popular community draw in only its third year. It has brought together a wide range of local organizations, starting with the Neptunian Woman's Club of Manhattan Beach, which originated the event on behalf of the MB Firefighers' Burn Foundation and were the facilitators for the past two years. This year, since the foundation is now its own 501(c)3, the foundation organized the event and the Neptunian Woman's Club lent assistance.

Co-title sponsors were Plaza Bank and LAcarGUY; additional sponsors included Kinecta, Chevron, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Patty Brown Physical Therapy, and Richard Montgomery. The raffle was coordinated by Trilogy Spa.

Brad Jacobson of Civic Couch made this video of the event that we are proud to share below.

South Bay Chili Cook-Off by Civic Couch

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