Team CH-ili Wins Golden Pot Trophy at Lee Carlson Center Chili Cook-Off


Columbia Heights Wins Trophy in Lee Carlson Center's Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser
Columbia Heights Team CH-ili won first place (the 2020 Golden Chili Pot) at the annual Chili Cook-Off fundraiser for the Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health and Well-Being on Friday. Fire Chief Charlie Thompson, City Manager Kelli Bourgeois, and Police Captain Erik Johnston were all members of Team CH-ili present at the event. 

The team from Columbia Heights was awarded the Golden Chili Pot trophy from celebrity judge Shari Mukherjee of MasterChef. The recipe was developed by Chief Thompson with input from Assistant Fire Chief Dan O’Brien. Mukherjee said it tasted like her mother's chili. The team won second place in the people’s choice category.

Proceeds from ticket sales and event sponsorships help provide services for uninsured or underinsured Lee Carlson Center clients who make up roughly 70% of those served by the Center's programs.

The Lee Carlson Center is the primary provider of outpatient and rehabilitative mental health services in the North Metro. This was their fifth annual Chili Cook-Off and Beer Tasting event. The event was held at the Embassy Suites in Brooklyn Center. Go here for more information about the Lee Carlson Center.