Chili cook-off joins community

CRIDERSVILLE — An area nursing home recently hosted a community-wide event to bring the residents together and enjoy fellowship.

The Cridersville Healthcare Center held a chili cook-off Wednesday, their first of many, to gather and enjoy a good cup of the tasty concoction.

Activities Director Karen Metzger said they decided to host this contest as a way of bringing in the community to see their newly remodeled space.

“Cridersville is a small town that supports each other,” Metzger said. “We wanted to jump on board and pull leadership in and see that Cridersville Healthcare is a small community that cares about their neighbors.”

Metzger said she does not want people to think of Cridersville Healthcare Center as a nursing home, yet as a place to live — with services ranging from outpatient therapy to a rehabilitation unit.

“This is a place to come and live and enjoy life,” Metzger said.

So Cridersville Healthcare Center is incorporating community events, such as a car show and community bingo to invite local residents in and see what the center has to offer.

For the chili cook-off, the idea was for each contestant to make it with each of their personalities and their own special recipe.

There were six crock pot entries that were set up in the community room in the Cridersville Healthcare Center, and Cridersville firefighters and EMS, local business and residents participated in the contest, along with coming in and enjoying the chili and fellowship.

“The turnout was excellent,” Metzger said.

The winners of the first place prize and “Queen and King of the Chili Pot” were Michele and Jeremy Stahler, who made an entry on behalf of the Cridersville Fire Department.

Second place was a tie between Metzger and Director of Nursing Catherine Klosterman, and third place went to Beth White, cook for the Cridersville Healthcare Center.

The Stahlers said they made a special recipe that included beer and chocolate as two of their ingredients.

Each winner received an Ohio State Buckeyes cooler and a gift certificate for Community Markets.

“I want to thank everyone for their participation and I am looking forward to our next community event, bingo,” Metzger said.