February 07, 2014
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At left, chili chefs offer samples of chili recipes they entered in the Super “Bowl” chili cookoff Jan. 31. At left, other store support center associates sample the chili for judging in the popular vote.​

Bi-Lo Holdings associates and others squared off Jan. 31 at the Jacksonville Store Support Center in a Super “Bowl” chili cook-off that commemorated that weekend’s football championship of nearly the same name. Four out of 16 entrants walked away from the taste test event with awards.

A team of store support center judges anonymously sampled each entrant’s chili concoction, pitting recipes with names such as Drunken Dragon Fire Chili, Dave's Hot as Cin Chili, Five-Alarm Turkey Chili and Not Dad's Chili against each other. In addition, associates attending the event tasted the chilis and voted for their favorites. Popular votes were tallied to determine the first, second and third prize winners, who received $100, $50 and $25 Winn-Dixie gift cards, respectively.

Margaret DeVero took the blue ribbon judge’s award with Own Brands’ Checkerboard Chili, winning her bragging rights until the next chili cookoff.

In the popular vote, results were as follows:

1stPlace – Aimee Garrow with “Halloween Chili”
2ndPlace – Greg Retz with “Texas Brisket Chili”
3rdPlace – Tina Smith with “John F.’s Chili”
Popular vote participants paid a nominal donation to the We Care Fund, a non-profit organization that assists Bi-Lo Holdings associates in times of need. The event raised $365 for the fund. For more information about the fund or to make a contribution, please see information on My Self Service on the Bi-Lo Holdings Portal, www.mybilosite.comand www.mywinn-dixie.com.
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Margaret DeVero with the blue ribbon judge’s award for Own Brands’ Checkerboard Chili.
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Aimee Garrow took first place in the popular vote for her "Halloween Chili."
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Tina Smith won third place in the popular vote for her John F.'s Chili. Not pictured is Greg Retz, who won second place in the popular vote for Texas Brisket Chili.

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Jacksonville Store Support Center judges review chili contest entries in a blind taste test.​

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