Cortland Chillabration: Who were the winners?

Evan Souzas, owner of Community Restaurant, serves up his homemade recipe of Bourbon Steak Chili. Community took home the Chillabration trophy for the second year in a row (Peter Blanchard/Cortland Voice)

CORTLAND, N.Y. — Local businesses showcased their culinary skills Saturday as part of the 11th annual Chillabration festival in downtown Cortland.

Twenty-three restaurants and retailers participated in the event and competed for the title of “Cortland Area’s Best Chili” and “Favorite Winter Flavor.”

Community Restaurant took home the trophy for best chili for the second year in a row. Restaurant owner Evan Souzas concocted a special batch of bourbon steak chili that was hard to resist.

Also for the second year in a row, Frosted bakery took home the crown for “favorite winter flavor” with their sweet and savory blend of “dessert chili,” a mix of ice cream, cookie dough, and chocolate.

Related: Chillabration Photo Gallery

Top 5 selections for Cortland Area’s Best Chili:

  1. Community Restaurant
  2. Long Island Bagel
  3. Spiedini’s Pizza Parlor
  4. Central City Bar and Grill
  5. VFW Tioughnioga Post #2354

Top 3 selections for Best Winter Flavor:

  1. Frosted (Dessert Chili)
  2. Community Restaurant (Bourbon Cream Coffee)
  3. The Squeeze Juice Bar (Smoothies)