Chili Cook-off Returns to Homecoming Festivities

Monday, October 7, 2013

On the heels of a wonderfully successful event last year, Audio Visual Services and the Audio Visual Alumni Council (AVAC) will host the 2nd annual Chili Cook-Off and tailgate adjacent to Burry Stadium during this year's homecoming game on October 12, 2013.
Last year, the Chili Cook-Off raised over $300 for Cystic Fibrosis with only a few departmental entries. This year the group is cranking up the heat even further with a number of luscious entries from across the campus, sure to fill the October air with scintillating scents that will make mouths water.
"So many people told us last year that they couldn't walk by without trying some, as the smells seemed to lure folks in," grinned Gary Swanson, Westminster Director of Audio Visual Services. "Once they realized what a great value it was, they brought their whole families over."
Passers-by can taste any three recipes for just a dollar. Three dollars allows for tasting of all entries, and should one tickle your taste buds enough to want a whole bowl, that will run you just five bucks. Additional donations are welcome and provide complimentary corn bread to enjoy with the chili. Each taste earns a ticket to vote for a particular offering, and this year's top vote getter will earn a special prize and certificate for their winning recipe, along with bragging rights until next year's event. Tastings will begin after the parade, around 11:30 am at the AV tent near the football field and continue through halftime of the football game or the chili runs out, whichever occurs first.
"The AVAC is thrilled to once again host this chili cook-off to benefit CF research," said AVAC President, William "BJ" Sieg ('06). "Last year's inaugural event was a great success, and we hope the Westminster community will continue its tradition of supporting such a great cause."
"We're happy to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation because it helps so many people, including some here in our Westminster Community," said Assistant AV Director Katie Bittner (Hilliard, '08), in reference to Westminster Enterprise Network Manager Kelly Hartner's daughter Claire who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis in 2003. "This research is critical toward helping those with CF and their families."
AV staff members are eagerly awaiting the chili cook off and can hardly wait to network, interact, and have a great time with the alumni and friends.
"I am excited for the chili cook off because our chili is going to win this year," said a confident Brad Steward, AV Operations/Research & Development Technical Support Manager. "We've got a can't lose ingredient that should take us to the top, but to be honest, trying all of them is what I look forward to the most."
For more information regarding the Chili Cook-off, contact AV at or (724) 946-7188.