New York And New Jersey Firemen Battle It Out Over Hot Stuff
By Mel Fabrikant Friday, March 21 2014 @ 04:27 PM EDT
Bloomingdale's at Riverside Square was the scene of a hot contest between the New York Firemen and the New Jersey Firemen. Karine's Kuchina was the scene of a chili cook off between the two competing teams. According to the tasting audience, there was a distinct difference between the two offerings. Their joint endeavors were very similar with the New York men offering a jocular dialogue along with their presentation. The Kotula family represented the New York Firemen while Paramus Firehouse 2 offered intense cooking combat.
The NY team arrived about 10 minutes late due to the heavy westbound traffic. Immediately getting to work, they bantered with the people while preparing their chili. When asked what to do if there was a fire in the kitchen the immediate response was "Get out!" Replying to a remark about it being typical of the NY firemen to be late, the immediate rejoinder was that it was because of Bridgegate! This prompted the NJ team to protest that Bridgegate had already passed. Judi Jorgensen and Marci Tedesco (no relation to Jim Tedesco) were on hand to promote Anolon and gave a set to each team.
Freeholder James J. Tedesco III was on hand to support the Paramus men. Jim, former Paramus Mayor, was the captain for several years of the Paramus fire department and is still a member. Born and raised in Paramus, his parents were also involved in the town. His father was the Superintendent of Public works and Myrt, his mother , was very active in community organizations. While his loyalty was for the Paramus firemen, he has a son, JJ, who is a NYC fireman.
Brian Doughty, Mike Petronella and Eric Picone represented New Jersey while Michael and Ricky Kotula and their brother in law upheld the honor of New York City's Bravest!
There should have been two prizes given out .. one for the best chili which Paramus won and one for the best interplay with the audience which NYC would have won. The NY firemen were such gentlemen that they even voted for the NJ side as a measure of fair play and good sportsmanship!
Ani Aghjayan of La Vie En Chocolat. wwwlavienchocolat.net donated scrumptious desserts: decorated cupcakes and chocolate tasties.