Tough Competition for the First Annual Pitre Chili Cook Off

The competition was spicy on October 18, 2014, at the first annual chili cook off fundraiser for Vic Pitre Elementary School.

Team Nacho Mama chef Blake McDonald said that they decided to participate because they are committed to helping children in the community. As a public school graduate, some of his best memories are of people who volunteered their time and it’s his way of giving back. Mcdonald prepared a green chicken chili.

Senator John Alario and his team got involved because he said they like to do anything that helps out the community. Alario said that his chili is special because “there is a lot of love that goes into the pot.”

The Westwego Police Department and Chief Dwayne Munch brought along 35 pounds of ground meat for their chili, as well as their commitment to help their local schools in Westwego.

The Westwego Volunteer Firefighters were also competition mode. Ray Richard said that his secret ingredients would place them above the rest along with “a whole lot of love.”

“We don’t just volunteer for the fire department,” Richard said. “We want to help our entire community. We want to make sure that we take care of the kids while they are young and they will grow up to be good productive citizens.”

Jay Dugas and his crew from Dugas Services joined in the fun to support Pitre and to enjoy a friendly rivalry with the other teams.

“They always want to crash the best!” said Dugas.

Pitre principal Wesley Taylor said he was pleased with the turnout. Monies raised will go to support a number of projects around the school, including a marquee for the front of the school, a permanent shade structure for the black top area, and an upgrade of the playground equipment.

Team Alario won first place with a score of 126. Dugas Services Incorporated, with a score of 118, came in second, and the Westwego Police Department came in third with a score of 117.