“Chili” Autumn Night Event September 24th

The “Chili” Autumn Night sponsored by the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center Foundation was held Saturday evening and although the evening got a bit chilly, it was warmed up by the six contestants competing for the Best Chili Award. The event proceeds will benefit the Free Summer Children’s Cultural Concert Series. Besides the Annual Chili Cook-Off there was Beer tasting, DJ Music, Food, Beer & Beverage sales, a Meat Raffle, Hayrides, Bon Fire, S’Mores & More!

Lauren Fleming from Old Mill Creek was Chili Cook-Off contestant #1
Lauren Fleming from Old Mill Creek was Chili Cook-Off contestant #1

Contestant #2 was Gerald Dietz (on the left), GOP candidate for Circuit Court Clerk
Contestant #2 was Gerald Dietz (on the left), GOP candidate for Circuit Court Clerk
Also in the photo are Chuck Krueger and Jerry's wife, Laura Benesch-Dietz

Marc Thompson (Scotty's Hot Dogs) was Chili Cook-Off contestant #3
Marc Thompson (Scotty's Hot Dogs) was Chili Cook-Off contestant #3


Chris Jones & Natasha Nicratko competed in the #4 Chili Cook-Off spot
Chris Jones & Natasha Nicratko competed in the #4 Chili Cook-Off spot


Tim Gaines & Lindsay Tatgenhorst had a 'spicy' #5 entry in the Chili Cook-Off
Tim Gaines & Lindsay Tatgenhorst had a 'spicy' #5 entry in the Chili Cook-Off

RLB Mayor Rich Hill brought up the rear as contestant #6 in the Chili Cook-Off
RLB Mayor Rich Hill brought up the rear as contestant #6 in the Chili Cook-Off

Attendees were treated to a spectacular African Hand Drums Performance

African Hand Drums Performance
African Hand Drums Performance

The beer and wine tasting was sponsored by Philip Grenier from Wine Knows located in the Washington Square Center across from CLC in Grayslake.

Mayor Rich Hill and others enjoying the beer and wine tasting from Wine Knows in Grayslake
Mayor Rich Hill and others enjoying the beer and wine tasting from Wine Knows in Grayslake


RLB Trustee Larry Mount must be trying to get Tim Gaines secret chili recipe
RLB Trustee Larry Mount must be trying to get Tim Gaines secret chili recipe


The early crowd enjoyed sampling the chili and placing their votes
The early crowd enjoyed sampling the chili and placing their votes


Chef Chris Jones adds some crushed pineapple to a chili sample (never tried that!)
Chef Chris Jones adds some crushed pineapple to a chili sample (never tried that!)

Tents were set up for relaxing to the music and enjoying a few beers with friends
Tents were set up for relaxing to the music and enjoying a few beers with friends


It got a little chilly as the night wore on but the crowd didn't seem to mind
It got a little chilly as the night wore on but the crowd didn't seem to mind


Mike Nerheim, candidate for Lake County State's Attorney
Mike Nerheim, candidate for Lake County State's Attorney

There were several candidates for public office besides contestant #3, Gerald Dietz who is running on the GOP ticket for Circuit Court Clerk of Lake County.
Steve Newton, candidate for Lake County Coroner
Steve Newton, candidate for Lake County Coroner
Also in attendance were both Mike Nerheim, candidate for Lake County State’s Attorney and Steve Newton, who is running for Lake County Coroner.
Sam Yingling, candidate for State Representative of the 62nd District
Sam Yingling, candidate for State Representative of the 62nd District

Avon Township Supervisor Sam Yingling who is a candidate for State Representative of the newly created 62nd District was also at the Chili Cook-Off event.

I’m sure that we will all be seeing more and more candidates out and about hoping that we will sign their petition in order to officially put them on the March 20, 2012 primary election ballot. Just remember that your signature MUST match ‘exactly’ the way you are registered to vote or it stands a good chance of being challenged by the opposing party(ies).

Event greeter and Round Lake Library Trustee, Patty Smart
Event greeter and Round Lake Library Trustee, Patty Smart


The Chili Cook-Off Awards went to:
1st Place = Lauren Fleming, contestant #1 with a milder chili recipe that the entire family would enjoy, especially the kids.
2nd Place: Chris Jones & Natasha Nicratko, contestants #4 with a slightly spicy chili recipe that some liked with crushed pineapple.
3rd Place: Gerald (Jerry) Dietz, contestant #3 with another tasty, more spicy recipe.
The best decorated table also went to Jerry Dietz and his lovely wife, Laura Benesch-Dietz.
Gene Carey getting 1st Place winner, Lauren Fleming's, information
Gene Carey getting 1st Place winner, Lauren Fleming's, information

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