There’s nothing like a hot bowl of chili on a cool autumn day.
The Lovely Landing Ladies can attest to that as they look to make it two straight wins among the voting public.
The ladies from VantageOne’s Landing Plaza branch are back to defend their title in the credit union’s second annual Chili Cooking Competition set for Friday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Landing branch.
“It wasn’t rigged at all,” laughed branch manager Heather Sidor of last year’s victory which coincided with the credit union’s fifth anniversary. “All of the tasters were the judges and we got the most votes.”
The same format will be used for the second annual event, which is part of VantageOne’s sixth anniversary celebrations.
The public can attend the credit union, purchase a hot dog and then get a chance to sample chili from seven celebrity cooking teams.
The one with the most votes wins the competition.
Hoping to cool down the Lovely Landing Ladies are VantageOne CEO Glenn Benischek and his wife, Tammy; VantageOne Realty; VantageOne Financial Advisors; Baron Insurance; Buy-Low Foods; and, representing The Morning Star, renowned Stagg, Tim Hortons and Wendy’s chili connoisseur, sports editor Kevin Mitchell.
The event has a country theme and will include local square dancers providing entertainment.
“There will also be plenty of surprises throw in during the event,” said Sidor.
The anniversary event is also being used by VantageOne as a fundraiser, with proceeds going to the High River Disaster Fund. The community was ravaged earlier this year by a devastating flood.
“We’re actually raising money for a grandma and grandpa who are raising two kids,” said Sidor.
“They need help and support, and we’re lucky we haven’t had a disaster like that.”