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Gresey: Chili bests gumbo at cooking event

I won.

OK. I didn’t officially win, but I did get more votes than Joe Grace did in this year’s 30 Men vs. 30 Women Who Cook competition, which took place April 19 at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles.

Two weeks ago in this column, Joe – the former editor of the Kane County Chronicle – and I threw around some fightin’ words as we debated whether his Going for Gusto Gumbo or my Fat Pete’s Chili would receive more “votes” (monetary donations) during the 30 Men vs. 30 Women Who Cook event.

Hosted by the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, the competition benefits the Geneva History Center, Geneva Lions Club and Rotary Club of Geneva.

Although I never got the exact number of dollars I collected, the amount was definitely more than what Joe was able to amass.

He conceded defeat to me shortly before the event concluded. But we had fun, and it was all for a good cause – that’s what is important.

The following is a list of who actually took home awards at the cooking event: Dave Press of The Little Traveler won best side for his Asian Slaw; Rick Romano of Morgan Stanley won best appetizer for his Salmon Dip; Nick Ninedorf of Edward Jones won best entrée for his Smoked Beef Brisket; and Tami Miller of Charles Miller Lawn and Snow won best dessert for her Snow Balls.

In addition, the Best of Show Award went to Matthew Hart of Hart Chiropractic.

Congratulations to those who took home awards, and thanks to everyone who supported the event.

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In other food-related news, the 2013 Kane County Dining Guide will be inserted into Tuesday’s Chronicle.

The guide includes a directory of local restaurants and a collection of our Mystery Diner reviews. It’s a great way to learn more about restaurants in Kane County.

• Kathy Gresey is editor of the Kane County Chronicle. Contact her at or 630-845-5368.

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