On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, Westview Health Care Center in Dayville hosted its 2nd annual Great Soup, Stew, Chili, Bisque and Chowder cook-off. The event proved to be successful as contestants, employees and judges mingled and tasted thirteen homemade favorites prepared by Westview employees and friends. More than 60 employees and a panel of community celebrity judges voted for their favorites as they tasted over 18 gallons of hot and tasty recipes.
Celebrity guest judges and culinary experts Carolyn Granberg of Bellas Bistro, James Martin of 85 Main, Sheila Frost of The Courthouse Bar and Grille, Gary and Karen Osbrey from WINY Radio, Keith Barnes of The Crossings Restaurant and Jim West of Connecticut National Golf sampled the selections and presented the Judges Choice Award for all four categories of Best Soup, Stew, Chili and Bisque. They judged according to flavor, consistency, aroma and color/presentation.
Judges Choice 1st place awards went to Gen Dubois for her Autumn Kale Soup, Carol Reynolds for her Chicken Tortilla Stew, Lynn Kennedy’s Lobster Bisque and Jimmy Kellaway for his Siracha-Cha-Cha Chocolate Chili.
“It was great that Westview came together with local community restaurateurs and businesses who share a common love of high quality food”, remarked Crossings General Manager Keith Barnes. “Every entry and its overall presentation went above and beyond expectation. I was honored to be asked to judge this event.”
Westview staff attendees were responsible for judging the Peoples Choice Award by placing a ticket into the associated box with their favorite entry for all four categories. At the end of the day those with the most votes won the title. The winners were Louise Taylor for her Hearty Hamburger Soup, Eileen Panteleakos for her Beef Stifado Stew, Roxanne Alicea for Goya Turkey Chili and Lynn Kennedy for her Lobster Bisque.
“We are so appreciative of all the support and participation of all the attendees, participants and our celebrity guest judges”, stated Administrator David T. Panteleakos. “This employee event builds upon the great camaraderie and team spirit that our employees display daily and we are happy to host such a high energy and creative event that includes some of our local food establishments and businesses in such a positive way.”
Prizes for all awards in each category include a gift card to local restaurants such as Bellas Bistro, 85 Main, The Crossing Restaurant and Brew Pub and The Courthouse Bar and Grille.
Pictured left to right: Jim West, Director of Operations for Connecticut National Golf; Sheila Frost, Owner of The Courthouse Bar and Grille; James Martin, Owner of 85 Main; Karen Osbrey, Owner of WINY Radio; David T. Panteleakos, Administrator of Westview Health Care Center; Gary Osbrey, Owner of WINY Radio; Carolyn Granberg, Owner of Bellas Bistro; Keith Barnes, General Manager of The Crossings Restaurant and Brew Pub
Westview Health Care Center is a 103-bed skilled nursing inpatient facility, which includes a distinct and self-contained 28-bed subacute short-term rehabilitation unit and an Outpatient Rehabilitation and Aquatic Center, both dedicated to providing quality health care services. Along with garnering a perfect five star overall rating found on Medicare.gov Westview is proud to have received such accolades as US News and World Report America’s Best, Consumer Reports Top 10 Connecticut Nursing Facility rating and Health Grades 5-Star Top Ranking.
If you or your loved one would like more information or to take a tour of the facility, we invite you to a closer look at Westview Health Care Center.
Please contact our Resident Services office at 860-774-8574