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Greenspring’s 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off Champions Crowned

January 22, 2015

Guest judges sampled more than one dozen chili recipes during the 'heated' competition

(Springfield, Va.) - While the snow fell around the D.C. region on January 21, more than 150 Greenspring residents and staff warmed up inside at the community's 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off.   This year, over one dozen recipes were submitted from staff members and residents including Greenspring's reigning Chili Cook-Off champions.

Each chili was sampled and rated by a panel of five judges including ABC7/WJLA-TV news co-anchors Autria Godfrey and Jummy Olabanji, Greenspring's dining committee resident chairman Hank Spille, Greenspring's Director of Finance Berwick Drews, and Greenspring's Associate Executive Director Pam Haman.  During the event, the room of chili enthusiasts was entertained by KingStreet Bluegrass, a local Alexandria based-band, as well as Greenspring's own resident square-dancing club.  

When the scores were tallied, it became clear that Greenspring Chef de Cuisine Eric Phipps and Greenspring resident Dr. Clint Lambert would retain their titles as chili cook-off champs, taking the Best in Show award and the First Place Resident Chili award, respectively.  Joining them this year was Greenspring's Staff Development Manager Kristy Porter, who received the top award for her vegetarian chili and Greenspring Sous Chef Michael Flynn, who took home the first place prize for his protein chili.  Runner's up included Chef de Cuisine Willie Wanzer and Chef de Cuisine Robbina Davis.

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"This event provides a chance for our residents to show their culinary skills and to work alongside our chefs," said Greenspring's Executive Chef Michael Ritt.  "Everyone's own personal style really comes out in their chili recipes." 

As you prepare dishes for your Super Bowl party, here is a chili recipe to consider courtesy of Executive Chef Michael Ritt:

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ABOUT GREENSPRING:Greenspring, one of 18 retirement communities managed by Erickson Living, is situated on a scenic 58-acre campus in Springfield, Virginia.  The community is home to nearly 2000 residents, many of whom reside in the over 1400 independent living apartment homes.  At Greenspring, over 200 resident-run and resident-driven programs promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average.  Additional information about Greenspring can be found at