Super Bowl inspires chili contest

Louise Oleson, Editor
From left to right, first place and winner of $300 Cindy Rondestvedt of Devils Lake, second place and winner of $200 Jason Rundquist of Bismarck, ND, and Third place and winner of $100 Misty Cavanaugh of Tokio, ND.

It doesn’t matter which team you were rooting for on Sunday, for football fans, the ultimate is the Super Bowl.

Most people in some way marked the day in a special way. Not to be outdone, the Spirit Lake Casino and Resort had the recipe for a fun afternoon on football’s big day - a Super Bowl chili cook-off.

Perhaps held back by the weather, only ten contestants braved the cold and drifting roads to bring their creations so the “celebrity” judges could do their thing.

The five judges represent a cross section of casino patrons and staff, two are professional chefs and two represent the local media.

Tasting began promptly at 2 p.m. with each judge provided with a score sheet to rank each sample from 1 to 10 in six categories which include taste, consistency, smell and integration of spices.

Each sample was identified only by a number. Some came with additions from the creator, a sprinkling of cheese, a side cup of corn chips or a couple of soda crackers.

Platters of crackers and raw veggies and pitchers of ice water graced the judge’s table to cleanse their palates.

When all was said and done, it was all a matter of taste and opinion, the numbers added up and the winners announced.

The judges prepare for the Spirit Lake Casino and Resort chili cook-off contest on Super Bowl Sunday. They are from left to right Larry Carson, The View Restaurant, Rob Hendricks, Radio Works, Devils Lake, Louise Oleson, Editor Devils Lake Journal, Touria Campbell, Devils Lake, and John Tollefson, Food & Beverage Director Spirit Lake Casino & Resort.