Forest Hill chili cook-off brings residents, families and staff together for food and fun

From front to back, Wanda Cole, Donna Wall and Vivian Ostroski serve up chili during Forest Hill’s Nov. 29 chili cook-off.

The event also raised $150 for the Forest Hill social committee

Less than two weeks after interim nursing administrative services manager (NASM) Kelly Peterson started her position at Forest Hill, her chili recipe earned top honours in the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home’s second annual chili cook-off.

Organized by the Forest Hill social committee, the chili cook-off is a way to bring staff members, residents and families together for some fun and good food, says the home’s life enrichment co-ordinator Craig Forrest.

Craig, who placed first in the cookoff last year, says there were nine contestants competing in this year’s chili cook-off, made up of a mixture of staff members and residents’ families.

The chili cook-off was held Nov. 29.

Contestants make their chili at home and then bring their crockpot to Forest Hill. The different types of chili are dished out in small cups so people can sample each one.

Staff members and families pay $5 to sample the chili and get a bun to go along with it. Residents can sample the chili for free. All proceeds from the chili cook-off go towards the Forest Hill social committee. This year’s cook-off raised about $150.

After sampling the different types of chili, residents, staff members and families mark down their top three favourite recipes, and the three recipes with the most votes are announced as the winners.

In addition to Kelly’s recipe taking first place, RAI co-ordinator Marie Yolene-Douillon and interim director of care Nicole Fulford took the second- and third-place spots, respectively, for their recipes.

“It’s always a fun event for everyone, and the winners get bragging rights,” Craig tells The OMNIway.

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