The 2018 Henniker Rotary Chili Fest is Sunday, August 19, 2018
is the long-time editor of New Hampshire Magazine. He also edits the NH Pulp Fiction series of
paperback books featuring short stories in classic pulp genres, all set in the Granite State.
He resides in Concord with his wife, daughter and flock of suburban chickens. Although he is a
writer and commentator on a variety of topics, he usually keeps food opinions to himself since
he's the primary cook of his household, but he looks forward to this opportunity to compare
varieties of chili against his own "formidable" recipes. Raised in the South, he learned to
cook from his Louisiana parents who were both adept in the kitchen and unafraid of experimentation,
so he hopes to be both surprised and enlightened by the offerings of this year's contestants.
is the Executive Chef of The Common Man family's specialty concepts including
Lakehouse, Lago, Camp and Town Docks in Meredith, and Foster's Boiler Room and the Italian
Farmhouse in Plymouth. Chef Zick began his culinary career at a small restaurant in Massachusetts
called Heck Allen's. It was there that he fell in love with the atmosphere, energy and buzz
of the kitchen. He moved into kitchen positions at other Bay State restaurants while in high
school, and joined the U.S. Army after his graduation in 1991. Upon returning from the service,
Chef Zick found his way to New Hampshire with a position as sous chef at The Pasta Loft in
Milford and other New Hampshire restaurants, Chef Zick joined The Common Man family in 2005
as the Kitchen Manager of Lakehouse Grille in Meredith. Within three years, Chef Zick took
on Camp Restaurant along with his Lakehouse duties, and became involved in creating menus
for Lago. He took on the newly created role of Executive Chef of The Common Man's
specialty concepts, in which he manages kitchen teams from six different restaurants, leads
menu changes and oversees budgets. Active in company-wide and community events, Chef Zick
has appeared on WMUR-TV's "Cook's Corner" segment, WBIN-TV's "The Chef's Plate" and as a
guest chef at the Seafood Festival in Hampton for "Wicked Bites". He is currently a board
member for Lakes Region Community College's culinary program.
Chef Nicole Barreira, is a fun and feisty part of the Great NH Restaurant team, better
known as T-BONES, Cactus Jack's and Copper Door. She is the Corporate Chef for T-BONES
& Cactus Jack's and is an intricate part of the marketing team for the company as a whole.
Additionally, Nicole participates in many events on behalf of Great NH Restaurants through
public appearances, is very involved with customer relations and communications, and Great
NH Restaurants' charitable trust, FEEDNH.org. She has been with the restaurant group for
12 years. She has a culinary degree from Southern NH University along with a Bachelor's
degree in Hospitality Management and a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership/Marketing.
She enjoys cooking and eating many types and styles of food and truly enjoys her job of
creating new and seasonal menus for T-BONES and Cactus Jack's!
Mark Sunday, August 19th, 2018
on your calendars and prepare to
join your neighbors and friends in this annual family
friendly event at Pats Peak Ski Area, 686 Flanders Road, Henniker, NH
Proceeds from the annual Chili Fest
support local, national and international projects sponsored
by the Henniker Rotary Club and Rotary International.