2020 Chili Cook-Off Recap

Thank you so much to Shari, our chili & beer teams, and our guests!

Lee Carlson Center’s 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off & Beer Tasting was one of our best events ever! We had nearly 175 guests in attendance and made nearly $15,000 to help support our uninsured and under-insured clients. Thank you to everyone who came to the event, donated, volunteered, and supported Lee Carlson Center!

If you are interested in a Lee Carlson Center “Keep Talking About Mental Health” t-shirt from the event, we have a limited number available for sale. If you have feedback on the Chili Cook-Off or would like to buy a t-shirt please email Kate King, Director of Development, at kking@leecarlsoncenter.org.


The Bridgeview Member Event with Shari from Master Chef was a Huge Success

Prior to the Chili Cook-Off “main event” Shari joined our Bridgeview members at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Columbia Heights for a cooking expo!

Shari taught members how to prepare a delicious green chicken chili complete with homemade tortillas. Members learned how to safely use various types of chef knives and gained some insight on new plants for our gardening group this spring.

All members received a copy of Shari’s very own recipe and had a wonderful Q&A session during lunch.


Our “main event” was a huge success!

Family Three Music kept toes tapping throughout the night. Kim was a big winner when she took home the 58″ Samsung TV during the raffle.

Team Gold Rush Wins Fan Fave for 2nd Year Team CH-ili Takes Home the Golden Chili Pot

For the 2nd consecutive year we had team Gold Rush of the Blaine-Ham Lake Rotary win Fan Favorite Chili.

Celebrity Judge Shari picked her top three chili teams and Team CH-ili of the Columbia Heights Police Department came up with the big win and took home the coveted Golden Chili Pot.

In the beer arena, Alloy Brewing came out on top and took home the Inaugural Golden Growler.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support Lee Carlson Center and helped make our event and our work successful!

Best Regards,

Kate King, MA
Director of Development
Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health and Well-Being
7954 University Ave NE
Fridley, MN 55432
Direct: 763-230-7836