Youngest judge: Kinship cookoff was ‘really fun’

Nearly 450 people were served

By Terry Lehrke, News Editor

Beth Hamlin, left, and Beckie Szczodroski, of Zylka’s Red Bull Bar, won the People’s Choice for their “country” theme, while they served up Zylka’s Red Bull chili.

Beth Hamlin, left, and Beckie Szczodroski, of Zylka’s Red Bull Bar, won the People’s Choice for their “country” theme, while they served up Zylka’s Red Bull chili.

She had to dine and then dash to a band concert to play the clarinet, Tuesday. But, 11-year-old Corrine Schomer thoroughly enjoyed her stint as the youngest judge for Kinship’s Soup and Chili Cook-off.

The daughter of Howie and Kelly Schommer of Pierz has been attending the cook-off for half of her life, five or six years, she said. Corrine is in the fifth grade at Pioneer Elementary and attended the event with her dad, her brother, Landon and grandmother, Ann Schomer.

Schomer’s favorite soup was the eventual second place winner, “Seafood Chowder” made by the Old Creamery Cafe in Rice. She couldn’t remember what the name of her favorite chili was.

Cookoff-JudgesThe overall first place chili winner was “Chicken Fajita” chili made by the Royal Cafe, according to the judges, while Zylka’s Red Bull Chili was the People’s Choice. Zylka’s also took home the People’s Choice theme award for its country theme.

Judges deemed St. Gabriel’s Hospital’s entry for Carolyn Oswald and Donna Hilmerson’s “Spicy Chicken and Black Bean” soup as the first place winner, while the People’s Choice award went to Cabin Fever’s Zach Barthel for his “Chicken Florentine” soup. The judges placed Barthel’s soup in third.

Second place winner in the chili division was “Lorelee’s Family Chili,” cooked by Lorelee Beto of Morrison County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA).

Molly Samuelson of Perkins took third place for her “Classic Chili.”

The other judges joining Schomer for the evening included Maria Heymans-Becker, Nate Bjorge, Sheila Olson, Kyle Hoggarth and Tom McCoy. Schomer said she was nervous at first when judging, but the others put her at ease.

Morrison County Commissioner Jeff Jelinski, left, visited with the “Beef Man” and Alicia Moe, Morrison County’s Beef Princess, during the Kinship Soup and Chili Cookoff Tuesday. While they hadn’t prepared soup or chili, the Beef Man and Beef Princess were promoting beef, a favorite ingredient in many soups and chilis.

Morrison County Commissioner Jeff Jelinski, left, visited with the “Beef Man” and Alicia Moe, Morrison County’s Beef Princess, during the Kinship Soup and Chili Cookoff Tuesday. While they hadn’t prepared soup or chili, the Beef Man and Beef Princess were promoting beef, a favorite ingredient in many soups and chilis.

Kinship Director Aaron Olson said he was very pleased with how the donations came in on silent auction and raffle, more than last year, but he didn’t have a specific number.

“We didn’t have any snafus, except somebody ran out earlier than we wanted them to,” he said.

“The night felt good, a lot of comments in the ballots, it was good to bring the community together,” said Olson. “There was a lot of fellowship; it brings people together.”

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