Wing, chili cookoff to help PARC returning

Published on Friday, 26 January 2018 22:43


PLAINVILLE - The Fifth Annual “King of the Wing & Chili Cookoff” returns to Central Café Jan. 28, with proceeds Supporting PARC.

PARC is a local nonprofit dedicated to assisting the intellectually and developmentally disabled.

The event, will be held from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Café at 24 Whiting St.

It will feature a $10 to enter contest where participants can bring their own chili for judging, and a $20 to enter contest where people compete to see who can eat the most chicken wings in 10 minutes.

The winner of the chili cookoff will receive a $150 cash prize, and the winner of the wing eating contest will receive a $250 cash prize.

There will also be raffles and MC Joel Lee will entertain as a DJ.

All proceeds during the duration of the event will benefit PARC.

PARC Director Erica Donovan said that the event has helped PARC raise as much as $1,000 in past years. This additional funding, she said, will help support PARC’s arts and humanities programs.

“We are putting a larger emphasis on these types of programs going ahead,” said Donovan. “They include nutrition programs and life skills such as shopping for produce and learning how to prepare food safely. Our art programs include everything from painting on canvas to making functional items like bird houses.”

Donovan said that the “King of the Wing & Chili Cookoff” event is “a lot of fun.”

“I’ve participated for the past three years and two years ago I judged it,” she said. “I was not prepared for how hot some of those chilis would be. They’ve come in all colors and flavors.

“The wings are usually a more mild buffalo sauce. Even if you don’t eat wings or chili, come for the fun, party atmosphere and the terrific DJ.”

“Our members get really excited about it and they love to see the pictures,” Donovan continued. “We get a lot of great feedback.”

PARC’s mission “protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes by providing family centered support, direct services and advocacy.”

The group celebrated its 60th anniversary last year.

For more information about PARC, call 860-747-0316, email or visit

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Friday, 26 January 2018 22:43. Updated: Friday, 26 January 2018 22:45.