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Castle’s Hot Stove

Posted by thecastlegroup on April 8, 2009


Castle prides itself on creating a positive work environment – we’ve won Boston Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” twice. We host regular staff happy hours, and encourage participation in many community activities and charity events that foster team spirit.

We recently took full advantage of our beautiful Castle kitchen to host our kind-of-annual staff Chili Cook-Off.


It was a heated competition, literally. Between the stove, the chili and the number of people in e room, everyone was reaching for a cold drink.


We were fortunate to have celebrity guest judges provide an “Idol”-style assessment of our contest entries. Judges for the event included Yankee magazine food editor Annie Copps, Foodservice East publisher Sue Holaday, legendary Boston restaurateur Christopher Myers, partner in Radius and Myers & Chang, and Radius marketing director Tonie Snyder, a Castle alum. 


After thoughtful deliberation, the judges named the following winners:


·        Best Overall: Linda Walsh

·        Most Original Use of Ingredient: Sandy Lish

·        Best Presentation: Keri McIntosh

·        Best Attempt: Kelly Scanlon (hey, that’s the category I usually have a lock on!)

·        Best Name: Sandy Lish

·        Best Cornbread: Danielle Doyle


Linda’s “Sweet & Sassy Chili” derived its winning edge from a unique combination of six peppers, including scotch bonnet and chipotle, with a touch of sweetness from brown sugar. “The key to a delicious bowl of chili is for it to be more sassy than sweet,” said Linda.



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