Published March 29, 2019

THE WINNERS OF the 6h Veterans Chili Chowder Challenge were, from the left, Fire Lt. Brian Moran (first place), police Patrolman Al Brown (second place) and local restaurant owner Lorenzo Tenreiro.

MELROSE — Tasty fun was had by all Sunday at the Lt. Norman Prince VFW post as chefs of all stripes put up their best chili, chowders and macaroni and cheese during a fundraising contest benefitting a trip to the Washington, D.C. veterans’ memorials later this spring.

For a $10 entry fee, people got to sample many fine dishes. There were about 20 entries.

Fire Lt. Brian Moran was lead chef on the winning chili in the Veterans Chili Chowder Challenge. Fire Chief Ed Collina said several firefighters pitched in for the top prize fare.

Patrolman Al Brown submitted two different chilis, and one of them took second place.

LeQchara owner Lorenzo Tenreiro finished a close third.

All funds raised benefit Operation Resilient. This year local veterans who served in Afghanistan will be paired with 8th graders from the Veterans Memorial Middle School for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the war memorials in our nation’s capital May 9 to 11.