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Manny's meaty Chili tastes best at Chilifest

'We tried to add some extra things in there so this year it was a terrific five-meat chili'
(L to R) Firefighter Paul Auger, Chilifest winner Manny Koritaris, and Melanie Gainforth (CIBC) in front of Terry's Place. Photo by Chris Dawson.

A tasty bowl five-meat chili took the top spot this year at the North Bay Professional Firefighters Chilifest.

That masterful chilli was made by Terry’s Place cook Manny Koritsaris who has now won the title four times since the charitable competition started back in 2000.  

He says this year it was a team effort.

“This year some of the staff wanted to help out with the ingredients and it felt more like a community thing with people wanting to help and be involved so it makes me feel good,” said Koritsaris.  

“We tried to add some extra things in there so this year it was a terrific five-meat chili,” he continued.

“We put ground beef, pulled pork, bacon, shaved steak, and italian sausage along with roasted red peppers, nice red onions and not too spicy just have the flavour shine out there so with all the condiments there it was fun to make.”

A total of eight local restaurants took part in the Chilifest including Terry’s Place, Ivan’s, Syl’s, The Moose, Average Joe's, Churchill’s, Wacky Wings and Greco’s.  

Paul Auger, representing the North Bay Professional Firefighters, says the competition was fierce.  

“The chili has numerous kinds of meats in there, bacon and it is very flavourful and it is not too hot but it is spicy enough that you do get a little bit of a kick,” he said.  

The event took place at the CIBC on Main Street last Friday during the North Bay Christmas Walk.  

The event raised close to $1,000 for the CIBC Run for the Cure.    


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