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St. James Men Chili & Chowder Event Sat. Night

Public invited to eat up at at annual St. James charity fundraiser in Basking Ridge, with chefs from Somerset Hills and beyond.

Those looking for a chance to enjoy several varieties of hearty chili and tasty chowder now have a good reason — St. James Men of Charity will host the organization's annual Chili & Chowder Cook-off for Charity at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the St. James school gymnasium off South Finley Avenue.

There are almost 30 entries into the cook off, including local restaurants, said Paul Mattiola, chairman of this year's event. Tickets will still be available for $40 at the door the night of the event, he said.

Admission price includes all food and drink.  Babysitting will be offered on site for an additional $10 per family.

Proceeds from this event will benefit local acts of kindness and service performed by the Men of Charity of St James Church. 

Homemade chilis and chowders will be made by individuals and local professionals. Cooks signed up so far are from Basking Ridge, Bernardsville, Bridgwater, Bedminster and as far as Springtown, Pa., Mattiola said.

Attendees will have a chance to taste many versions of chili and chowder, and to vote for their favorites.

Cricket Hill Breweries, Fairfield, also will be on hand to serve microbrews for the event. Wine and soft drinks will be available, as well, and tricky tray is planned for the evening.

The Men of Charity, a ministry group of the St. James Church in Basking Ridge, are dedicated to performing acts of kindness and service inside and outside the St. James parish community.

"Don’t miss out on this enjoyable night," said Mattiola. For tickets, call the parish office at 908-766-0888; John Burns at 908-647-2632; or Paul Mattiola at 908-419-0850.

Checks are payable to St. James Men of Charity.

The updated list of chefs and food providers is:

Chili — Amateur Chefs
Lou Chiafullo
Bill Collins
Terry Conley
Aixa Ferrer
Trevor Heckler
Dan Herron
John Kerr
Matt Pinto
Mark Stachowski
Dan Sullivan
Joe Sutherland
Kevin Taylor
Michael Tobin
Dave Van Houtte
 
Chili — Local Restaurants
Bellas Burger Shack
Mockingbird Café
Soup Shoppe
 
Chowder — Amateur Chefs
Robert Diffin
Ron Duhaime
Brian Mahoney
Mike Singer
Veronica Sokira
Richard Vieser
 
Chowder — Local Restaurants
Blue Willow Market
Market Restaurant
Mockingbird Café
Stirling Hotel

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