Darien Nature Center chili challenge — The Goose takes top honors

Elizabeth Hearle, Darien Nature Center executive director; Lynn Gagliardi, owner of The Goose; Piergiorgio Nanni, Goose executive chef; Matthew Polidoro, Goose general manager; and Sarah Brody, event chairperson.

Elizabeth Hearle, Darien Nature Center executive director; Lynn Gagliardi, owner of The Goose; Piergiorgio Nanni, Goose executive chef; Matthew Polidoro, Goose general manager; and Sarah Brody, event chairperson.

 

Darien’s own The Goose Restaurant took home top honors at the Darien Nature Center’s first Chili Challenge, held on Saturday, Sept. 28.

Goose owner Lynn Gagliardi said her team was excited to participate in the cookoff, which brought out 11 local restaurants to vie to best chili.

“We are so proud of Chef Piergiogio Nanni and The Goose for taking home this special prize,” Gagliardi said.

More than 300 residents turned out to taste recipes from a host of chefs from Bodega, Burgers Shakes & Fries, Chuck’s Steakhouse, Estia’s, The Goose, Jimmy’s Southside, Michael Joseph’s, Rory’s, Sails, Station Eats, and Ten Twenty Post.

The winner was selected by a panel of judges including Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson, acclaimed cookbook author and food critic Melanie Barnard and Darien Nature Center Executive Director Elizabeth Hearle.

Entrants were judged on five criteria: appearance, aroma, consistency, taste and after taste.

Each chili could receive up to five points in each category. Second place was a tie between Jimmy’s Southside and Michael Joseph’s.Third place went to Rory’s.

All proceeds from the Chili Challenge went to the Nature Center.

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