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Chili cookoff, Marco Island

John Marchetti gets some chili from Lt. Craig Weinbaum of the East Naples Fire Dept. The Marco Island Fire-Rescue Foundation held the first Jerry Adams Chili Cook-Off Saturday at the Esplanade, raising money for the organization's support of the island's firefighters. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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John Marchetti gets some chili from Lt. Craig Weinbaum of the East Naples Fire Dept. The Marco Island Fire-Rescue Foundation held the first Jerry Adams Chili Cook-Off Saturday at the Esplanade, raising money for the organization's support of the island's firefighters. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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  • Elaine Orr says she makes her chili from 'beef, beans, spices and love.' The Marco Island Fire-Rescue Foundation held the first Jerry Adams Chili Cook-Off Saturday at the Esplanade, raising money for the organization's support of the island's firefighters. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Martin Roddy, with wife Debbie, chaired the event. The Marco Island Fire-Rescue Foundation held the first Jerry Adams Chili Cook-Off Saturday at the Esplanade, raising money for the organization's support of the island's firefighters. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Chuck Leedy's 'Black Pearl' pirate chili features six kinds of meat. The Marco Island Fire-Rescue Foundation held the first Jerry Adams Chili Cook-Off Saturday at the Esplanade, raising money for the organization's support of the island's firefighters. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • John Marchetti gets some chili from Lt. Craig Weinbaum of the East Naples Fire Dept. The Marco Island Fire-Rescue Foundation held the first Jerry Adams Chili Cook-Off Saturday at the Esplanade, raising money for the organization's support of the island's firefighters. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Jerry Gibson savors his chili. The Marco Island Fire-Rescue Foundation held the first Jerry Adams Chili Cook-Off Saturday at the Esplanade, raising money for the organization's support of the island's firefighters. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Firefighter Ray Ladurini shows the bottom of his department's five gallons of chili. The Marco Island Fire-Rescue Foundation held the first Jerry Adams Chili Cook-Off Saturday at the Esplanade, raising money for the organization's support of the island's firefighters. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Chef Eric Delano of Mango's with the restaurant's unique version including shish kebab. The Marco Island Fire-Rescue Foundation held the first Jerry Adams Chili Cook-Off Saturday at the Esplanade, raising money for the organization's support of the island's firefighters. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Jason McKinney's 'Tropical Sweet and Spicy' chili uses pork sausage. The Marco Island Fire-Rescue Foundation held the first Jerry Adams Chili Cook-Off Saturday at the Esplanade, raising money for the organization's support of the island's firefighters. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

They came, they tasted, they voted. Over 300 paying customers, either chili lovers, fire department supporters, or both, showed up Saturday afternoon at the Esplanade for the “First Annual Jerry Adams Chili Cook-Off,” to benefit the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Foundation.

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