Burning up the competition

The University Lutheran Center hosted its second annual Chili Cook-off on Feb. 21 where Jane Dunn froze her competitors in place when she took first in the chili making competition.

According to Rev. Herb Wounded Head, there were 10 individuals that competed. People were able to enter chili into the competition for $10 and then people who wanted to taste chili gave $5. Once chili testers finished tasting and voting on each chili recipe that was entered into the cook-off, first, second and third place were announced.

“We were just looking at ways to raise funds; we usually have an annual service trip we have during spring break,” Wounded Head said. “[The Chili Cook-off] helps us raise funds to be able to go.”

In the past, the University Lutheran Center has sent people to San Francisco, Washington D.C. and St Louis, Wounded Head said.

“I think it’s important for community [to have events], just for people to be able to come together and have an experience like that and be able to compete against one another,” Wounded Head said. “It’s a nice way … to be able to feed people who may be around on the weekend and you know are looking for somewhere to eat. For $5, you get pretty full.”

Wounded Head said the University Lutheran Center has an event each month; the next event the center will host is a trip to Skyzone in Sioux Falls on March 21.