Skaneateles Falls In what seems to be becoming a favorite venue for local charity events, The Red Rooster Pub recently played host once again to a unique culinary contest to benefit a local fire department.
The “Crockpot Cook-off” challenged any person to bring in any tasty dish that could be cooked in that ubiquitous kitchen icon — the crock-pot. Residents were urged to bring their secret dish to the Rooster and for a small entry fee compete, or to just come to the pub and sample the various dishes. The money raised went to benefit the Mottville Fire Department.
“Again, it’s another great idea to raise money for the MFD,” said contestant Dottie Pitman. “And it’s just so much fun to be apart of.”
Dottie and husband Dick Pitman were competing with other delectable entrees and, oddly, against each other.
“He brought in his recipe and I brought mine,” explained Dottie.
The Pitman’s have a deeper interest in this event than offering a delicious afternoon snack. Both Dick and Dottie serve on the Mottville Fire Department Board of Directors and their son, Geoff, is the serving Chief of the MFD while their other son, Mike, is the Captain.
The intimate little tavern was crowed with more than the usual Sunday afternoon crowd. As the SU men’s basketball team edged Rutgers on all of the TVs, the hungry attendees were treated to more than the typical seasonal dishes. The tables were crowded with pots offering everything from home-style casseroles and venison stew to cocktail franks and a beef and noodle stroganoff.
“There was no ‘pre-contest’ sign up,” said Tom Benedict owner of the Rooster. “This was all from what people read in the paper or online. We’ve got over 10 entrees here. I know we had an event just a month ago but folks around here always get together for a good food and a good cause.”