Chilifest 2011 in Westport Heats Things Up…Did Your Favorite Restaurants Win?

30 Oct

Chilifest pumpkin hanging above both Chilifest 2011 trophies!

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The 1st Annual Chilifest at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Westport was a blazing success.  So many non-wusses showed up despite the nasty snow that piled up, slushy inch by slushy inch.  Similar to Chowdafest (coming soon), you pay the entrance fee (just $6 here), get a spoon, a pencil, and a ballot.  We played a pretty serious game of juggling with all that stuff, our camera, our pen, and our notebook.  Yeah, we’re food nerds, we carry a book to take notes with.  It’s a tiny one at least. :)

Robert Troilo wooing chili-goers with both his chills

When you entered, you could see the two flaming, red hot trophies that the competitors lusted after.  A holy U was formed with all the restaurants offering up cups of hot and bone-warming chili.  Some tried for the Classic trophy and some cooked up a storm (pun intended) to capture the Creative trophy.  Here’s a breakdown of the chilis with a description.  After that, we’ve got the official results from the Chilifest site.

Ash Creek Saloon:  “Ash Kicking Chili” was a very typical chili with yummy ground beef.  Classic.

Bobby Q’s: “Smokehouse Chili” was with BBQ brisket and was helluva smoky.  Classic.

Brewhouse:  “Dat’l Do It 3 Bean Chili” with a perfect consistency and great sweetness to tomato ratio.  Classic.

Chili Bomb:  “Texas Peacemaker” with an ordinary chili that was a bit bland but had great heat.    Classic.

“Jack’s Chipotle Turkey” was smoky and had that strong kick of turkey in it.  Creative.

DaPietro’s:  “Da Pietro’s Delectable Chili” had great taste with hints of cumin possibly, but was a bit soupy.  Classic.

“Vivacious Vegetarian Chili” was tomatoey, had bits of tender tofu in it, and was a bit spicy.  Creative.

Nicholas Roberts:  “Texas Chain Gang Chili” with duck fat (f’yeah), shredded beef shoulder, and cumin.  Classic.

“Quinoa Vegetarian Chili” was most unique.  The miso added a great, complex flavor.  Quinoa is fun to say.

Old Post Tavern: “Fire in the Hole Chili” was spicy, thick, tomatoey, and smoky.  Classic.

Swanky Franks: “Hot Dog!  That’s Good Chili!” was a freaking spicy hot dog chili.  Made with cloves and possibly jerk seasonings.  Creative.

The Lime:  “SubLIME Vegetarian Chili” was made with cashews, but was too mushy and overcooked.  Creative.

The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood:  “Sumptuous Seafood Chili” was a seafood spin with cornbread croutons but needed a bit more spice.  Creative.

The Brewhouse bringing da brouhaha

And the Winners Are…

Classic Chilifest Trophy Winners
1st: Bobby Q’s 
2nd: Brewhouse
3rd: Ash Creek Saloon/DaPietro’s (tie)

Creative Chilifest Trophy Winners
1st:  Restaurant at Rowayton 
2nd: Nicholas Roberts Gourmet Bistro 
3rd:  Chili Bomb (opened for business just a few days ago)

9 Responses to “Chilifest 2011 in Westport Heats Things Up…Did Your Favorite Restaurants Win?”

  1. Jim Keenan November 1, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

    Hey Dan!

    Fun read – thanks for covering Chilifest (and soon Chowdafest). Can you shoot me your email (jjkeenan@optonline.net) so I can keep you on our email list.

    Thanks – Jim Keenan (chowda and now chili head aka the guy who runs the two events)

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    • Dan Del Ferraro November 1, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

      Hey Jim, you do a great job! :) Thanks for putting these events together. We’ll be sure to mention you in the shout out for the upcoming Chowdafest. We’ll e-mail you later! :) I think we’re already on your mailing list, though. :) But, we’ll e-mail you anyway so you have our addy. :) Thanks, you rock.

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  2. whitemist October 31, 2011 at 6:44 am #

    okay you got me! I gotta get to Bobby Qs – sounds a bit similar to my recipe. Were there ametures???

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    • Dan Del Ferraro October 31, 2011 at 11:40 am #

      I think you’d like it, Joey. :) No amateurs, but definitely some restaurants who were out of their element making chili, so that’s kind of like amateur. :)

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