A while back in the winter we ( not sure who exactly is to credit with the actual food competition idea) thought up a good excuse to get together with friends and eat and socialize and have some fun when there is nothing else to do in the winter in New England. It started as a chili competition I believe. Make your best chili and best cookies and bring some other food to share.We got together with some of our other Catholic friends and their families and the kids played and we adults sampled each others food creations and voted. Winners received prizes and bragging rights. What was started as a one time thing has become a dinner club of sorts.Only instead of gourmet food and fancy dishware we have classic American food, paper plates, kids galore and lots of fun. We have done chili, meatballs, soup, kabobs, tacos, bread, cupcakes, cookies, apple desserts and probably a few more I am forgetting.