, Derry, New Hampshire


March 14, 2013

Chili event supports Habitat for Humanity work

Chili contest supports Habitat for Humanity

LONDONDERRY — The town’s top chili chefs were out in force on Saturday as St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Mammoth Road hosted a benefit chili cook-off to support Greater Manchester Habitat for Humanity.

Dozens of chili entries lined tables at the church. Visitors were invited to taste each one and then had a chance to vote on their favorites.

From white chicken chili to vegetarian and others full of meat, beans and peppers, there was a crock full of chili to suit everyone.

Debbie Curtin of Londonderry entered her original “This ‘N That” style of vegetarian chili, complete with ingredients like sweet potato.

“There is also a whole bunch of mixed beans,” she said.

St. Peter’s outreach committee chairman Lee O’Connor said hosting the chili event was a good way to support Habitat for Humanity’s efforts to build homes for those in need.

“We seem to have done a good job,” he said as he viewed the table lined with crockpots and other casseroles.

Liz Rakich, president of the Greater Manchester Habitat for Humanity, said she appreciated St. Peter’s efforts.

“It’s absolutely wonderful,” she said. “They are helping us raise money and bring awareness to the work that we are doing.”

The organization is in its 20th year, Rakich said, and has built homes for those in need here in this area and also supports projects for home overseas.

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