Second Annual Chili Cook-Off is a Great Success

KINGSTON – The Arc Mid-Hudson held its 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off at Ole’ Savannah’s Winter Festival on February 19, 2023. Proceeds raised from the event will go to The Arc Mid-Hudson’s Fund-In-Need: The Cornell Creative Arts Center.

Attendees sampled and voted on their favorite chili categories from local restaurants and chefs, such as Blackboard Bistro, Corey’s Sugar Shack, Creekside Bar & Bistro, Deising’s Bakery and Restaurant, Dixon Roadside, The Arc Mid-Hudson’s Enrich School to Work, Foxhall Deli Home of Kingston Subs, Hickory BBQ Smokehouse and Catering, Chef Josh, Mirabella’s Restaurant,Ole Savannah Southern Table and Bar, Ship to Shore An American Bistro, with water from Culligan Water of Newburgh.

“This year’s chili cook-off was a true success in terms of funds raised for The Arc Mid-Hudson and bringing awareness of who we are to the community. We have to thank all of the local restaurants for their donations and the guest bartenders who helped raise funds. The chili cook-off would not happen without Dave Amato, owner of Old Savannah Southern Table and Bar, who hosted this wonderful Winter Festival and which gave back many non-profits in our community.” said John McHugh, Chief Executive Director of The Arc Mid-Hudson.

The Arc Mid-Hudson held its 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off at Ole’ Savannah’s Winter Festival.
The Arc Mid-Hudson held its 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off at Ole’ Savannah’s Winter Festival.

Congratulations to this year’s chili cook-off winners: Mirabella’s Restaurant for “Spicy”, Chef Josh for “Traditional”, Corey’s Sugar Shack for “Creative” and Dixon Roadside for “Vegetarian”. A big thank you to our guest bartenders, Jess Davis & Miriam Oseas Gibbons, for helping to raise money for The Arc Mid-Hudson.

About The Arc Mid-Hudson:
The Arc Mid-Hudson is a private not-for-profit agency founded in 1956 by families in Greene, Putnam and Ulster Counties who believed that their children with disabilities should have the same opportunities as their peers. Supporting 1,325 people from preschool through adulthood, our mission is “To empower people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities to achieve and experience the highest quality of life.” We are guided by the core values of: Respect, Integrity, Compassion and Excellence; The Arc Mid-Hudson believes each person is unique and we provide individualized services each program participant. With over 1,700 employees, The Arc Mid-Hudson is one of the largest employers in the area. The Arc Mid-Hudson is the Greene, Putnam and Ulster Counties Chapter of The Arc New York and is accredited by the Council on Quality and Leadership. For more information visit

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