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Red hot chilli challenge raises over £500 for charity

Posted on 9 September 2013

Gabriella McKeague and Rita Pomponio, sisters and co-owners of the family run Black Horse at Monks Horton wanted to do something different to raise money for their local hospice and came up with a sizzling idea:

The pair held a Chilli Afternoon On Saturday 9th September, with brave regulars undergoing a day of taste challenges in aid of Pilgrims Hospices.

Rita explained: “One of our regulars, Mike Laughlin grows peppers and it seemed a great theme for the day.

“We held Chilli growing competitions, a chilli inspired menu, a chilli tasting competition as well as locally made chilli brownies and cupcakes, chilli chocolate, craft stalls and lots of chilli plants for sale. Even the bar snacks were Naga’s snacks, Naga being the hottest chilli in the world!”

The chilli tasting competition caused a few eyes to water with sauces ranging from Habereno (very hot) to Extreme Ghost Pepper (extremely hot – described in the bottle as 600,000 scovilles of ballistic madness, a scoville being a unit of measurement of heat).

On the chilli inspired menu was Peperoni Ripieni di Maiale, chargrilled chillis stuffed with spicy pork, chilli chocolate ice cream, a cider infused with Scotch Bonnet chilli, and Gabriella’s own Extreme Bloody Mary, which had the addition of a super hot chilli sauce.

Together, the Black Horse staff and customers raised £450 for Pilgrims Hospices.

“The management at the Black Horse would like to thank everyone for their support in the afternoon and hope to see them again for their second Charity Chilli Day next year.”

Mike Laughlin, Malcolm Wattts and Nicola Pomponio judged the competitions awarding prizes for adult and child entries as well as the best chilli craft entry.

Deirdre Mewse fundraising assistant said: “It was a great afternoon. I was reluctant to enter the chilli eating competition, although I did try a bar snack not realising it was a hot one. It was about half an hour before my mouth cooled down!

“The money from today’s event will enable Pilgrims to continue to offer care free of charge to the people of east Kent”


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