Steve Nadelen, left, Mark dela Rosa, center, and chief chef John Noone were members of the Anheuser-Busch, Inc. team that received top recognition in the KickOff CookOff categories for best decoration and best chili.
Baldwinsville United Way of Central New York held its ninth Annual KickOff CookOff event in September at the Syracuse Regional Market.
This year’s event broke a record with close to 2,000 attendees coming out to support the event to taste incredible dishes from 40 local companies and agencies in support of United Way. Event highlights included Men vs. KOCO participants, Judge Jim Cecile and Humorist Jeff Kramer successfully trying all 40 dishes, music from The CXtec Dinosaurs and 93Q’s Ted & Amy.
Winners in each category were:
Best appetizer: Lockheed Martin Corporation ─ Taco to go
Best wings: Crouse Hospital ─ Honey garlic and teriyaki
Best chili: Anheuser-Busch, Inc. ─ Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat chili
Potato/Pasta: Adecco Employment Services, Inc. ─ Ricotta Gnocchi with sauce
Vegetarian: Sysco Syracuse ─ Grilled corn on the cob
International: Testone, Marshall & Discenza, CPAs ─ Sizzling Syracuse Souvlaki
Non-chocolate desserts: Crouse Hospital ─ Pineapple Foster
Chocolate dessert: McMahon-Ryan Child Advocacy/Elmcrest Family Transitions ─ Udderly Delicious Oreo truffles
Best decoration: Anheuser-Busch, Inc.