From staff reports
TRAVERSE CITY —
Apache Trout Grill took the People's Choice Award for Saturday's Downtown Traverse City Association 19th annual Downtown Chili Cook-Off at the Park Place Dome.
The DTCA worked with Bay Area Recycling for Charities on the event to reduce waste. All utensils, napkins, bowls and spoons were made from compostable products. The entire event managed to generate only two bags of trash.
Participating restaurants entered 17 different recipes. The eateries competed in seven categories as well as the overall favorite, the “People’s Choice” award.
Almost 1,600 people attended the cook-off with each casting a vote for their favorites in each category. Winners included:
1-Alarm - Red Mesa Grill
2-Alarm - Deerings Market
3-Alarm - Apache Trout Grill
Seafood -Scalawags Whitefish & Chips
Vegetarian - Oryana: Lake St. Cafe
White - Mt. Holiday
No Bean - Little Bohemia
Ethnic - Red Mesa Grill
People’s Choice - Apache Trout Grill, White Chili
Competing restaurants included:
Apache Trout Grill
Great Wolf Lodge
Holiday Inn West Bay
Morsels Bakery & Espresso (providing cornbread morsels)
Oryana: Lake St. Cafe
Red Mesa Grill
Reflect: Cambria Suites
Scalawags Whitefish & Chips
All proceeds help support such Downtown community activities as Friday Night Live, the Halloween walk, holiday activities and many other free downtown events throughout the year.
For more information, call the DTCA office at (231) 922-2050.