The challenge featured 11 local restaurants vying for the top prize of best chili. More than 300 residents turned out to taste unique recipes from the chefs from Bodega; Burgers Shakes & Fries; Chuck's Steakhouse; Estia's; The Goose; Jimmy's Southside; Michael Joseph's; Rory's; Sails; Station Eats; and Ten Twenty Post.
Entrants were judged on appearance, aroma, consistency, taste and after taste. Each chili dish could receive up to five points in each category.
There was a tie for second place between Jimmy's Southside and Michael Joseph's and third place went to Rory's.
The chili challenge was a fundraiser for the Darien Nature Center, 120 Brookside Road, which was founded in the late 1970s with the mission of providing educational programs in ecology, conservation and natural sciences.
The nature center houses approximately 21 species of animals, and is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For information, call 203-655-7459 or visit dariennaturecenter.org.