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Republicans Win "Best Chili;" Herzfeld to Pay Up

Republican Mike McDonald came out on top in the battle of chili Saturday, making him the winner of Windsor's best chili and the winner in a bet with Democrat Bill Herzfeld.

The matchup between Windsor town councilmen Mike McDonald (R) and Bill Herzfeld (D) lived up to all the hype Saturday as the Republicans were victorious in a landslide decision from the 2012 Chili Challenge judges.

McDonald, the chef of the Republicans' now-award-winning pot of chili was awarded the "best tasting chili" trophy, which was designed and created by Windsor resident Tim White.

The announcement of the Windsor Republicans' victory came to a surprise to some, including McDonald himself, who said he improved his recipe by making this year's batch of chili spicier than last year's.

Kicking his chili up a notch not only won him a piece of Chili Challenge art to place on a mantle at home, but it also made him the winner of a bet he made with Herzfeld.

According to the conditions of the bet the loser will have to donate $10 to the political party of the winner's choice.

Deciding to go a little astray from the original wager terms, McDonald, speaking after his victory Saturday, said he plans to require Herzfeld to make a donation to a Windsor charity group and he will then match that donation.

He has yet to identify which local group will receive the donations.

Other 2012 Chili Challenge awards include:

Best Booth

Honorable Mention: Mad Scientists

Third Place: Buffalo Soldiers

Second Place: D'Aleo Designs

First Place: Windsor Jaycees

People's Choice

Honorable Mentions: Union Street Tavern, Windsor High School Culinary

Third Place: Villari's Martial Arts

Second Place: Buffalo Soldiers

First Place: Mad Scientists

Best Chili

Third Place: Izote

Second Place: Walgreens Distribution

First Place: Windsor Republicans

Al Simon October 07, 2012 at 02:56 PM
I must admit, it was good chili. Congrats Mike!
william herzfeld October 07, 2012 at 09:19 PM
The judges have spoken, congratulations to Mike, who do I write the check to?
Mike McDonald October 08, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Thanks Al and Bill. Bill- a donation to the Windsor Food bank would be great.
william herzfeld October 09, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Last chance to change your mind!!! If not, I'll be sending $25.00 to Windsor food bank.
Mike McDonald October 09, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Thanks Bill. Food bank is a perfect and I'll match the contribution.

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