One of our favorite events of the year is the ever-growing and ever-popular Stamford Charity Chili Cook-Off. Started as a small event in a local Stamford church, this event has grown every year with more competitors and even more hungry tasters. This year the tradition continues on November 6 from 11-3 right at Stamford Museum & Nature Center. There will be 15 home cooks, chefs, and restaurants this year, all vying for your votes! Who will win the coveted first place prize? Will Mayor Martin’s chili take down the competition? Will the students at JM Wright Tech uphold their number one spot? Also, who will be the contestants who win special trophies and rewards from four special judges (more on this below)? Continue reading
It only took us a week after Garden Catering on Hamilton Avenue in Greenwich reopened to get down there for breakfast. Yes, we know they are the home of nuggets, but we are breakfast sandwich fiends (or sammies as we like to call them). In fact, if you had asked us if we’d rather give up our beloved sammies or lunch, we’d say sayonara mid-day meal . . . no one needs you when you can have eggs, bacon, chili, cheese, and in the middle of a big ‘ole doughy roll. Continue reading
MacChilifest is taking over the Bedford Middle School in Westport on Super Bowl Sunday, 2/7, from 11-3 . . . and you’re invited. Well, we’re going to use a stronger word than that. We’re demanding you come on down to check out this contest because it’s going to be a great way to kick off the start of that classic, much-anticipated game. Or, if you don’t care about football, it’s an excuse to just stuff your face with some killer chili and mac & cheese.
In fact, we’re talking about 20 different tastings of chili and mac & cheese from some of the area’s most well-known restaurants and even local fire departments. It’s good they’ll be there, cuz things are bound to get hot as the competition heats things up! Categories this year include Classic Beef, Creative Chili, and Mac & Cheese . . . and you get to pick the winners by eating and voting.
Last year the winners were Geronimo, Southport Brewing Company, and the Westport Fire Department, but will they be able to stay on the top with so many other restaurants thirsty to take their place? Places like the Blind Rhino, Bobby Q’s, Chef’s Table, Chilibomb, Da Pietro’s, DrewbaQ (food truck), Little Pub, Liquid Lunch, Mac’it, Old Post Tavern, Sam’s American Bistro, Simply Delicious, Tru North Tavern & Table, Wire Mill Saloon & BBQ, and the Weston Fire Department want first place BAD!
Tickets are already on sale and are priced at $15 per person or $5 for kids ages 6-12.
Chilifest benefits the Turtle Fund which seeks to promote the education of young people in art, music, theater, skilled craft and other creative pursuits in order to create a rich cultural heritage for tomorrow.
Chilifest is proudly sponsored by Stop & Shop, Volvo of Westport, The Greens of Canondale, Cabot Cheese, Chaboso Bakery, Tabasco and WEBE 108. For more information about Chilifest please visit www.MacChilifest.org or email Jim Keenan at MacChilifest@gmail.com
Congratulations to Steve Draper, check your e-mail for info on claiming those two tix!
Cancel any plans that you have for next Thursday, because the Chili Cook Off & Wing Fling takes all precedence over anything. Don’t believe us? They have wings and chili from local restaurants, and they have beer and liquor tastings to warm ya up even more (more details below)! Tickets are just $35, but increase to $40 on Thursday, so grab ’em today! The night goes from 6-9 at The Waterview at 215 Roosevelt Drive in Monroe, so there’s plenty of time to drink and eat up.
Okay, we know. We saw your Facebook pictures of 3 snowflakes in the air on Saturday, freaking out because of the snow. Yeah, how crazy, right? Snow when it’s cold out! So crazy! But, you know what’s not crazy . . . do you know what is freaking awesome? The Stamford Charity Chili Cook-Off! Continue reading
The Stamford Chili Cookoff is looking for cooks and chefs who have mastered the art of chili. If you think you’ve got that killer recipe that will help you take home first prize, then contact Joe Gonzalez and let him know you’re in it to win it!
For the rest of you who just want to taste their chili and vote on your favorite, let this be a save the date! The event goes down on November 1 from 11-3 at the beautiful Stamford Museum and Nature Center. More details on the way . . . but we can say that this is a great event that not only warms your body, but also your heart as you’re helping to raise money for The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County.
Do you know what the great thing about chili is? It’s perfect any ‘ol time of year! By itself, on top of a burger, on top of a hot dog, on a breakfast sandwich: it’s a meal and it’s a condiment at the same exact time. And, what better way to show some respect and reverence to chili then hold a contest called The Charity Chili Challenge? Now approaching its second year in existence, this contest sponsored by the Exchange Clubs of North Stamford, Stamford, and Norwalk pits amateurs and professional cooks against each other.
Back when we started our blog, we were around for the first ever Chilifest! At first it was created as an off-shoot of the very successful Chowdafest, run by Jim Keenan. When we went, we had a great time and tasted some awesome chili. One of the things we remember the most, though, is that during the time of stuffing our faces how much snow fell down, crippling power lines and the drive home. But, hey, we were fed, we were warm, we were full: we didn’t care!