The 10th annual Federal Way Farmers Market Chili Cook-off took place beneath sunny skies Sept. 23 at the Commons Mall with special guest judge Jordan Babineaux, former safety for the Seattle Seahawks. Seven local restaurants teamed up with local non-profit organizations, and $10 from every ticket went toward these groups (total amount not available at press time).
Judges’ Choice winners were Citizens for Federal Way Schools and The Ram (1st place), Lions Club and Billy McHale’s (2nd place) and Communities In Schools and Cafe Pacific Catering (3rd Place). Citizens for Federal Way Schools and The Ram also received the People’s Choice Award for their chili.
In addition, local resident Shelley Pauls received the Dick Mayer Community Service Award.
Other participating teams in this Seahawks-themed event included Gallucci’s Catering and Federal Way Rotary Club; Jimmy Mac’s Roadhouse and FUSION; Jersey’s Sports Bar and the Federal Way Day Center; and Black Bear Diner and Valley Cities Counseling.