Cooks and tasters agree: Everybody wins

Community brings healthy appetite to Winter Lights' mac 'n cheese and chili contests at the Dimmick Inn


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  • Bernice Williams and granddaughter Marissa Gates. Williams won both the mac ‘n cheese (first place) and chili (third place) contests. (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • Tasters and voters packed the Dimmick Inn until there was barely room left (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • Kim Hart delivers her chili con carne entry (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • Debbie Bailey and Joe Cologer with Mary and Michael Carson. The Carsons began the Winter Lights Festival. (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • Cheri and Richard Goghegan are set to vote on their favorites. (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • Cathy Dunn said, “Just thought I’d try it for the first time.” (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • Blue Path’s service dog in training came to the mac n cheese/chili tasting at the Dimmick Inn. Once inside, the children loved Benni all to pieces. (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • Red Carter and Justin Frable (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • Nancy and Albert Fulcini attended for the very first time. (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • Annette Haar, Milford Borough councilmember, comes every year. (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • Bridgette Duden (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • Bill DuChemin voted for his top three choices. (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • Larry Kirwan holding Clayton Swain, while baby Jacob Swain in Jessica Swain’s arms. The tasting is a yearly family event for them. (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • Matt Haar, Annette Haar’s son, enjoyed the tasting with his mom. (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • Jolie DeFeis, who organizes and runs the summer market at the Columns Museum, with her daughter, Jade Rubenstein. Jade is a mac n cheese fanatic. They’ve been to every tasting since they started. (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • Eric Jakubowski with his son Liam, ready to taste at what is now a yearly event for them. (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • Kerry Carso (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • Greg Deer said this was his first year checking out tasting. (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • Liv and Bob Tribus ready to sample mac n cheese and chili. They’ve been married 57 years. (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • Chris Sakowski joins Commissioner Matt Osterburg tasting some chili. (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • Volunteers served the comfort food with a smile and a reminder to vote for the top three winners in each category. (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)









The winners are...

The top three winning entrees, from more than 18 entries, are as follows:
Mac ‘n cheese
First Place, Bernice Williams
Second Place, The Apple Valley Restaurant
Third Place, The Dimmick Inn
Chili
First Place, Jay Lyon
Second Place, The Apple Valley Restaurant
Third Place, Bernice Williams


By Frances Ruth Harris

— The queue stretched through the first room out the front door onto the porch all the way to the sidewalk. Tasters packed mac 'n cheese and chili contest held at the Dimmick Inn until there was barely any room left. Two people ate their mac 'n cheese on the porch.

Visitors to the Winter Lights Festival ducked into the Dimmick for warmth, comfort food, and camaraderie. They loved tasting the yummy samples and marking their ballots. Children gave thoughtful consideration before selecting their favorites.

Notables in attendance included Commissioner Matt Osterburg, Milford Borough Board Member Annette Harr, and Blue Path Service Dog in Training, Benni, with trainer Chrisanne Cubby. Some visitors came for the first time, while others proudly announced they'd never missed a tasting.

Debbie Bailey and Joe Cologer with Mary and Michael Carson ran the event. The Carsons began the Winter Lights Festival ten years ago, and the tastings have run for six years. Both are now annual events in Milford.

The Carsons, married for 44 years, have two adult children. Debbie Bailey and Joe Cologer run Bailey Design and Advertising, the company that makes sure the Winter Lights Festival is an advertised success.

'Chili buddies'Winning chef Bernice Williams came with her granddaughter Marissa Gates, 11, now in the fifth grade. Marissa loves skating and is learning to skate backwards this year. The volunteers and the professionals at the Ann Street Rink are teaching her. She's now working on a pirouette.

Marissa loves the skating rink, where she also volunteers to help to shave and form the rink.

Benni, service-dog-in-training, wowed the children, who stroked Bennie and talked to him. Topping the scales at 67.2 pounds, Benni continues to pass many important tests, and is scheduled to graduate from Chrisanne Cubby's training in mid-February. Lots of people in the community will miss seeing Benni around the community, as he learned lessons he'll need when he's placed with an autistic child.

Liv and Bob Tribus, married 57 years, enjoyed the tasting.

"She's just my young bride," Bob said of Liv.

Chris Sakowski joined Commissioner Osterburg for some chili. Osterburg said they are "chili buddies."

Will Osterburg enter the contest next year?

"I'm not a cooker, I'm a taster," he said with a smile.


























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