When Lisa Pagano asked me to be one of the judges for the 3rd Annual Cranston Firehouse Chili Cookoff, I was both honored and excited.
I was honored to join Rhode Island Magazine editor John Palumbo and Garden City representative Janice Pascone to decide which of the six competing firehouses made the best chili.
And I was honored to participate in an event that raised money for the Lt. Jim Pagano Foundation, whose mission is to make charitable grants to individuals, groups and/or organizations that improve the quality of life for children in addition to fostering character building and a strong foundation for their future.
It was an exciting and inspiring Saturday afternoon in the parking lot of the Blue Moon Café, where over 400 people gathered to enjoy comedians Mike Murray and Lou Perrotta, remember Lt. Pagano’s legacy, raise money for a good cause, and eat some fantastic chili, prepared by the local fire stations.
All of the entrees were delicious, but one stood out as the winner. With the judges not knowing which station prepared the chili, they chose the Oaklawn Ave. Station 5 as their favorite, not knowing that it was Lt. Pagano’s station.
Participants were also asked to judge, and they proved the judges made the right choice by also picking Station 5 as the People’s Choice.