Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Chili Cook-Off Returns!

Fall is in the air on Marco Island and the time is nearing for the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation’s 7th Annual Jerry Adams Chili Cook-Off. This fun community event is hosted by CJ’s on the Bay at the beautiful Esplanade, 760 N. Collier Blvd. The date is Saturday, November 9th, from noon to 4 PM with music by the Florida Straits.

The annual fundraising event is held in memory of Firefighter Jerry Adams, a 23-year veteran of the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department who lost his battle with cancer in 2012. Jerry was known for his great chili making, not only for the Fire Department, but the community as well. It is only fitting to honor him with this competition supporting the Fire Rescue Foundation.

Be ready to taste incredible chili recipes from the 2019 participating chefs, including many returning award-winning chefs. Come taste the chili of the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department, the Naples Fire Department, Mango’s Dockside Bistro, Island Country Club, JW Marriott, Hilton Beach Resort, Marco Island Yacht Club, the Kiwanis Club of Marco, Knights of Columbus, Marco Island Police Foundation, as well as the Marco Island Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary. Also returning, Cheryl Stokes with New American Funding, a three People’s Choice Award, the 2018 Overall Best, Sullivan’s Brigade and award-winning Spice Girls. The Foundation is excited to announce these new entries this year: Sunshine Sisters, Hideaway Beach Club, T-Mobile of Marco Island and Phoenix Roofing!

Thank you to our many valued sponsors for the 2019 Chili Cook-Off. Chief level sponsorships include Siegel Dental, Bill and Karen Young, Physicians Regional Healthcare System, Mutual of Omaha, CJ’s on the Bay, Walker’s Hideaway Marine, Megan A. Welker, DDS, Imperial Marine, Darcie Guerin, Raymond James and Associates, Island Kitchen and Bath, Affordable Landscaping and Phoenix Roofing. Captain level sponsorships include Florida First Integrity Bank, Executive Auto and Sunshine Ace Hardware. Lieutenant level sponsorships include Casagrande Electric, Marco Rock, William G. Morris, P.A., Critter Café, Trapper Custom Marine, Marco Office Supply, Marco Island Mattress Company, JW Marriott and Condee Cooling and Electric.

Event proceeds go to the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization supporting your fire-rescue personnel during personal hardships, scholarships to personnel and their immediate family along with the promotion of fire safety in the community and CPR.

Admission to the event is $15 and children under 10 are free for this afternoon event of tasting chili and music.

For more information, and if you would like to support this event, please contact Barbara Murphy at 239-595-0488 or

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