SFGN is proud to announce that the winner of the 2018 Gay Chili Cook off is… Eric Pearson from Compass Community Center.

Much like years in the past, this year’s Chili cook-off was held at Penny’s at the Duke. Last year the winner was The Mad Hatter Lounge from Lake Worth. Altogether the event raised nearly $2,500.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the youth groups of Compass Community Center.

“The Chili Cook-off is one of the biggest fundraisers for the Compass Youth Program,” said Sabrine Pearson the Transgender Youth Services Coordinator at Compass. “We had multiple bars/clubs and organizations come together to raise money for something they feel passionately about......youth!  It was actually a very heartwarming day.”

This year the weather was kind, last year it rained the entire time. Despite the inclement weather, Compass still raised over $3,000 and put smiles of plenty of faces.

 Contestants from the chili cook off included HG Roosters with their Vegan Chili and Chorizo beef and black bean chili. Lilos Street Food and Bar made some curry chili. Compass Youth served the Texas Slow burn Chili. The Whistle Stop Tavern made Frito Pie chili, and the aforementioned Mad Hatter Lounge wowed with their Mole Chili.

“It feels wonderful to win. I entered last year too but didn’t place. So I tweaked my recipe and I guess it worked,” said Eric Pearson. Although he was the winner, he did give props to one of his favorites. “I did taste other people’s chili. I tasted Mad Hatters, Roosters, and Whistle Stops. Roosters had the only vegan chili and it was really compelling”.

The participants brought the fire chili, meanwhile the queens brought the cool performances. All present chili lovers were treated to performances by Rae jean Cox, as she turned Penny’s stage in to Dollywood with her version of Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5.” Other performers included Palm Beach royalty like Melissa S.t John, Velvet Lenore, and Nicole Sapphire. One of the crowd’s favorite performances came when dance duo “L.A. Curly Q” danced to one of the hottest songs of the year “Finesse” by Bruno Mars with help from Cardi B.

If you missed this year, sorry for your luck. However, there is still a chance for you to witness a worthy cause, with great people that cook with good intentions.

For more information on any of the youth groups or services at Compass, please visit their website www.compassglcc.com