Orange County Living Wage hosts first chili cook-off fundraiser this Sunday

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by Michelle Cassell
Managing Editor 

Orange County Living Wage’s Chili Cook-Off fundraiser will be held on Sunday, April 28, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Carrboro Town Commons (301 West Main St.). Country Cruel will perform live Music. Also, a bake sale and beer from the Steel String Brewery will be provided as you taste a diverse array of chili recipes from cooks across the community. “We’re very excited to bring this tasty and fun event to Carroboro with our first-ever chili cook-off fundraiser,” said Debbie Everley

Orange County Living Wage (OCLW) will have a Pro division for chefs who get paid to prepare food for others at restaurants, camps, universities, corporate kitchens, etc., and an amateur division for talented home cooks.

Pro Division Contestants include:

Mark Overbay —  from Big Spoon Roasters — Sweet Heat Three Pepper Chili (features BSR’s Sweet Heat Peanut Butter)

Alexis Lawson (aka Chef Lex) — from Chef Lex  — Hootenanny Chili

Kelby Grubbs — from Pantana Bob’s — Medium Ground Beef/Sausage Chili with Beans

and more… There’s still room for more pro-contestants. Sign up today!! (See QR Code on poster or email below)

Amateur Division Contestants include:

Mike Madden — Orange County Special Olympics Dad/Coach — Veggie Chili

Craig Romaine — OCLW Founder Susan Romaine’s hubby –Traditional Meat Chili

A Team from PORCH  — a local non-profit fighting hunger by mobilizing neighbors, building community, and providing fresh, healthy food — Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili

and more… There’s still room for more Amateur Contestants. Sign up today!!  (See QR Code on attachment)

Local Guest Judges include:

Carrie Brogren — Founder of Chapel Hill Carrboro Foodies

Paxson Wojcik, Rob Landry & Duwe Farris — Members of the UNC Men’s Basketball Team

Jason Merrill – New Town of Carrboro Council Member

Certified Living Wage Employers who are tabling:

Orange County Living Wage

Steel String Brewery

Big Spoon Roasters

Cedar Grove Law

Eno River Brewing

PORCH of Chapel Hill Carrboro


and more… OCLW Certified Living Wage Employers

Area sponsors include: Beer Study, Bonneville Electric, Carolina Jewelry Appraisers, Chapel Hill Children and Adolescents’ Clinic, Franklin Street Yoga Center, and Weaver Street Market.

Would you rather taste than prepare the food? Buy tickets and attend as an attendee. Tickets cost $10 to $50.

OCLW also needs volunteers to complete various tasks during the event, and bakers are willing to donate some goods.

Living Wage Employers: Want to sponsor, attend the event, or provide items for our raffle? OCLW seeks your participation! Please contact

Michelle Cassell is a seasoned reporter who has covered everything from crime to hurricanes and local politics to human interest over the course of 35 years. As managing editor, she hopes to encourage writers of a wide range of backgrounds and interests in TLR’s coverage of Southern Orange County news. 
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