MartinFederal was honored to support a fellow employee, Kalaya, as she defended her 2018 title for Best Chili with her team, The Wonky Willies, in the 5th Annual Stars, Stripes and Chow Chili Cook-off, which took place at South Point-Port Covington. Kalaya and her team may not have taken home the title of Best Chili this year, but they did take home the award for Best Booth Decor. The team decided on an Alice and Wonderland theme with the booth mimicking the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Kalaya and her family dressed up as different characters from the classic novel. To top it all off, the team to served the judges chili in fancy tea cups and saucers.
With both Kalaya and her husband are being retired Army, they wanted to get involved with an organization that helps give back to veterans in need and the Baltimore Station does just that. The Chili Cook-Off is a fundraiser supporting homeless veterans who are transitioning through the cycle of poverty and addiction to help them become self-sufficient within their community. The event was hosted by The Baltimore Station, which is an organization that provides resources for veterans such as therapeutic residential and outpatient treatment programs. All the funds from the cook-off go to immediately support for the men’s programs.
See more about the event below and watch as Kalaya and her family cook up some chili on their local news station, WBALTV.