The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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March 17, 2008

Churchmen prepping for chili cook-off

BY RUTH RICE

RRICE@TRIBDEM.COM

A hot get-together is being planned for the Johnstown District United Methodist Men’s 100th anniversary.

The eighth annual United Methodist Men’s Chili Cook-off will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. April 5 at First United Methodist Church, 436 Vine St. in downtown Johnstown.

“We’re looking forward to it,” said Ken McIntosh of Beulah United Methodist’s team. “The guys are all fired up and have a lot of spirit.”

This year’s competitors will be First United Methodist; Beulah, 716 Bedford St.; Roxbury St. Paul’s, 160 Derby St.; and Summit Chapel United Methodist, 2142 William Penn Ave., all in Johnstown; Mount Olive United Methodist, Sidman; and Bethel United Methodist, Hollsopple.

Last year was the first time the men at First United Methodist competed, and they walked away with top honors.

Ken Saylor said his church’s winning recipe was Cincinnati Chili.

“One of our members, Rick Crandle, has the recipe, and another member, Don Gossard, does the cooking,” Saylor said. “We’re using the same recipe this year.”

Each team is required to supply 32 quarts of chili.

Diners will get to sample all the chilis before voting for their favorites, then they can order their meals.

Meals may be eaten at the church or take-out orders are available.

Noncompeting churches that will supply the rest of the meal will be Franklin Street, pasta; Westmont, mashed potatoes; and Homestead Avenue, coleslaw.

Each participating church also will provide cakes for dessert.

Chili connoisseurs should come early because in past years, the men have almost run out of chili.

“This is our biggest fundraiser,” McIntosh said. “It’s where we get the bulk of our money for projects.”

The group’s treasurer, Glen Orris, reported that last year’s cook-off brought in about $2,000.

Proceeds benefit God’s Kitchen, which provides meals to the needy; Access Sunday School, a class televised on cable Channel 9; a prison outreach ministry; and Camp Allegheny.

Tickets, which are $7 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and younger, will be available at the door.

Leftover chili will be sold for $4 a quart.



Competition

What: United Methodist Men’s Chili Cook-off.

Where: First United Methodist Church, 436 Vine St., downtown Johnstown.

When: 4 to 6:30 p.m. April 5.

Tickets: $7 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and younger.

Information: 536-8844.

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