New Jersey State Police Wins 5th Annual JBJ Soul Kitchen Chili Cook-Off

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TOMS RIVER, NJ – The JBJ Soul Kitchen hosted its 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off this past Saturday, October 5 at the JBJ Soul Kitchen in Toms River. The event brought first responders and community members together for a day of great food and family fun. Local police, EMS and fire departments battled it out for first, second and third place at the annual fall event. This years’ winners were:

1st place: New Jersey State Police – “Bad Medicine”
2nd place: Lanoka Harbor First Aid – “Blaze of Glory”
3rd place: Toms River Fire Company 1 – “The Boys on the Hill”

“First and foremost, we want to recognize and thank our local first responders who put their lives on the line day in and day out to protect and keep our community safe,” said Lou Morreale, General Manager, JBJ Soul Kitchen Red Bank and Toms River. “Their continued support of JBJ Soul Kitchen and participation in our annual cook-off allows us to help those who struggle with food insecurities. We also want to thank community members for their entry donation and coming out to vote, Home Run Entertainment for providing free children’s activities and Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids Foundation Inc. for performing throughout the cook-off.”

A record-breaking 350 people were in attendance throughout the day. With a $20 donation, they had the opportunity to taste and vote for their favorite chili, sample a selection of hors d’oeuvres made by JBJ Soul Kitchen’s very own Chef Rob Wood and feast on a pig roast. In addition, hand-crafted ceramic bowls were available for a $20 Pay It Forward donation as part of a year-long Every Bowl Feeds a Soul effort to raise hunger awareness in the community.

As the winning department, the New Jersey State Police will receive a portion of the entry donations. The rest of the entry and Pay It Forward donations, as well as merchandise sales will go toward JBJ Soul Kitchen.

About JBJ Soul Kitchen:

The JBJ Soul Kitchen seeks to provide healthy, locally grown food in a restaurant setting to an in-need and paying customer to address issues of food insecurity. We empower individuals by providing resources and volunteer opportunities. We encourage our paying customers to affect change in their community by paying it forward to cover the cost of in-need customers. We promise to treat all our customers with dignity and respect while uniting communities and forming healthy and lasting relationships through food.

For Additional Information:

Megan Cannell
JBJ Soul Foundation