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2015 Stamford Charity Chili Cook-Off Heating up SM+NC on November 1

20 Oct

Stamford Chili Cookoff

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

Chilifest Returns to Westport! Get the Fiery Deets Here!

11 Dec

Chilifest 2014

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!

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CT Food News, Vol. 24: Brews, BBQ, Balls, Chili, Funghi, Farms + More

9 Oct

And…here we go! A ton of things are going on in Fairfield County (and nearby) that you definitely need to be a part of. So, check those calendars, text your friends, and get out there! And, don’t forget about two more things: CT Beer + Restaurant Week is 10/13-19 and Chowdafest takes over Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk on 10/12.

Okay, getting drinking and eating…

Events and Dinners

10/11 Farmboys Smokin’ BBQ will be at Black Hog (a pair made in heaven!) in Oxford from 1-5. So, make a day of it: pound down some good brews and nom away on some awesome pulled pork, chicken sandwiches, coleslaw, and their killer smoked mac & cheese. How killer? Enough that we’d order that same dish two years in a row for Kristien’s birthday bash. 

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1st Annual Charity Chili Challenge Hits Trinity Catholic H.S. in Stamford

18 Apr

 

You eat, you vote...everyone wins

You eat, you vote…everyone wins

After the past few days of bitter cold weather and that crazy day of waking up to a thick layer of ice on our cars, you know it’s the perfect time to warm up a bit.  And, that’s exactly what the North Stamford Exchange Club has in store for you with their 1st Annual Charity Chili Challenge on 4/27 from 1-4 pm at Trinity Catholic High School.  Local residents and plenty of home cooks have been prepping and perfecting their chili recipes just for this cook off.  Also, there will be some professional chefs competing such as Old Post Tavern, Bridge Street Wienery, LaRocca’s Country Market, and Parkway Diner.  When you attend ($10 donation is suggested), you’ll get to sample all the chili and vote on your favorite.  The winners will get prizes and there will also be a 50/50 drawing so you could win big, too.  To wash all that chili down pick up some water for $1 or a brewski for $4…not too shabby. 

Donations and money collected from the Charity Chili Challenge will go directly to the Exchange Club Parenting Skills Center.  Here’s the mission of the Parenting Skills Center:

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Biggest Turn Out EVER @ Stamford Chili Cook-off!

5 Nov

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What makes up a great chili?  Beans, peppers, onions, spices, veggies, beef, or even venison?  Sure, we all have our likes and dislikes in this perfect fall and winter dish, but at the Sixth Annual Stamford Chili Cook-off, over 300 hungry visitors had the final say.

Held on Sunday, 11/3, the Stamford Chili Cook-off had bigger digs, usually held at the Stamford Unitarian Universalist Church.  This year it was part of the Touch a Truck event at Stamford Museum & Nature Center.  Organized by Joe Gonzalez, the contest was an amazing hit, bringing people in from all over to vote in their favorite chili.  By the end of the day, there were hundreds of votes and lots of money raised for the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County.  We’re talking about just around $1,700 raised as well as countless bags of groceries to help feed the hungry.

The competition was definitely heated (except for Joey Kuntz’s dessert chili which was served up cold), but all the contestants went around, talked with each other, and tasted each other’s chili.  This was a great event and there was some awesome chili.  We look forward to the 7th Annual Chili Cook-off next year…and so should you!

Here are the winners:

1st: The Benzaken’s “Three Bird Chili” – (Alain and daughters Casey and Jordan)
2nd: Wakeman Town Farm –Chipotle Veggie Chili with Cornbread
3rd: Rama Kumanduri and Cristina Romero –”Chili con Pasion”

And here is the description of each chili:

A) The Benzakens – “Three Bird Chili” – Inspired by the Thanksgiving season, former champs Casey and Jordan have created a special chili that includes smoked duck, chicken and turkey. A spicy blend that includes chipotle peppers and white beans, this chili will make your senses soar high, even though none of these birds can actually fly. Well…maybe the ducks. In any case, stop by our table and enjoy our unique chili!

B) Joe Kuntz – From the “transplanted Texan gone crazy”, we have a Vegetarian dessert chili! No meat, some sweet, and some heat! Served on corn tortillas.

C) Brian Cronin – “24 Hour East River Couch Chili” – The East River has often been referred to by the NYC Police and Fire Rescue teams as “Deep, Dark and Dangerous”. I just added Delicious to that identity, and you now have my chili! Simmered for a minimum of 24 hours with no less than 16 ingredients. Fresh white corn and a secret smoke component are the standouts in this Deep, Dark, Dangerous and Delicious three meat batch. Brother Sean has concocted his rich cornbread to accompany this tummy bath to soothe any heat that may linger too long.

D) Wakeman Town Farm – “Chipotle Veggie Chili With Cornbread” – This chili is made from organic vegetables harvested from Wakeman Town Farm in Westport as well as Sport Hill Farm in Easton and several other Fairfield County farms. Made with an all vegetable stock, homemade smoked jalapeno, organic veggies and topped with a cilantro cornbread. It will have a mildly smoky flavor with a slight spicy kick. Our recipe will be available to take home!

E) Robin Skidmore – “Mighty Bruin Tex-Mex” – Take a walk on the “Wild Side” with this rare chance to try wild bear – a rich red meat much like beef, all flavor, no gamey edge. You’ll be amazed how delicious it is! But while bear is the heart of this chili, the Mexican spices are its soul. Hot peppers are paired off with fresh cilantro and Mexican oregano for a flavorful slow burn that will have your taste buds begging for another spoonful!

F) Bill and Jean Marie Warncke – “Buffalo Bill’s Southwest GRILLED Chili” – This year we have a new take on a chili cook-off classic! Buffalo Bill has taken his formula of savory meats, peppers and spices to the next level by incorporating grilled ingredients sure to win over even the toughest chili judge! A little bit of smoky-ness, a little bit of heat and a lot of flavor is packed into every bite!

G) Chef Hunter Zampa (competed on Rachael vs. Guy) – Venison Chili with a unique twist of Asian inspired flavors sure to warm your heart and soul!

H) Shawn Carlson – Do you feel like a Sam Adams? Do you love chili? Who does not love bacon? Well come one, come all, and enjoy…”Sam Adams Cowboy Beef and Bacon Lager Chili”! Beans, beef, peppers, spices, Sam Adams, and BACON!!!!! Enjoy, and vote for the Cowboy!

I) It’s Getting Chili In Here! – HEAT and SWEET! Long, slow simmered meat, spices, tomatoes and 3 chile base with a secret ingredient for a flavorful finale!

J) Stamford HS Marching Band – “Rancher’s Spicy Pinto Bean and Chicken Chili” – Pinto beans, chicken, onion, garlic, tomatoes, green peppers, chili powder, salt, sugar, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce.

K) Bold for the Gold – Dan Tewes and his daughter Sarah make a chili that is bold and spicy, rich in beef with fresh veggies. The chili up front heat is not overpowering, which allows you to enjoy all the flavors. However, the heat builds as you eat more and is best consumed with a cold beverage of choice!

L) Rama Kumanduri and Cristina Romero– “Chile con Pasión” – A unique balance of fresh and dry Chiles (roasted and smoked, hot and flavorful) combined with peppers and spices from around the world to pleasure your palate!

Got Heat? Stamford’s Annual Charity Chili Cook-Off @ Stamford Museum + Nature Center

25 Sep
Chili, picture from Microsoft Clip Art
November 3 is going to be a pretty awesome day in Stamford.  That’s when, from 11 to 3 pm, people will come from all over Fairfield County to sample amazing chili made by contestants in Stamford’s Annual Charity Chili Cook-Off.  This year it’s going to be hosted at Stamford Museum & Nature Center and proceeds will help to raise money for SM&NC and The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County.  Entrance to SM&NC is free for members and non-members will need to pay the normal fees:  $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for students 18 + with a valid ID, $5 for children 4-17, and free entrance for kids three and under.   To taste the chili, it’s suggested (we strongly suggest, too) that you donate $10 per person or bring a bag of non-perishable food items and donate $5.  Once you arrive, you’ll get to taste each chili and vote for your favorite.

Chili Challenge for a Cause Heats up Branford

22 Feb

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It’s a scientifically proven fact that chili makes the world a better place.  In the case of Branford, that’s even more true.  Chili is bringing the community together with the first annual Chili Challenge for a Cause event.  Restaurant owners, chefs, organizations, and locals are all putting together their killer concoctions in hope of winning the title of “Best Chili in Branford” but also getting some serious dough for their own charity.  Susan at the Chamber of Commerce told us that she can still add some chefs to the contest, so if you’re in, e-mail her.

On March 23 from noon to 3 pm you need to hit up Branford Green on Main Street to be a part of the action.  For $10 you’ll get a wristband that lets you taste as much chili as you can take.  You’ll also be given a ballot which you’ll use to vote in your favorite chili!

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Danbury Chili Winter Warm Up Tasting + Contest and 5K Heats up February!

30 Jan

Chili…it’s one of the best things about winter and one of the best ways to deal with winter.  That’s not to say that you can’t have chili during warmer months, but nothing warms you up better than a piping hot bowl of beefy, tomatoey, beany chili.  We know you love your chili, so we’re going to let you know about a tradition in Danbury:  the Chili Winter Warm Up.  Just stop by the Danbury Ice Arena on 2/10 from 1-4 and taste and vote for some mouth-watering entries in the chili competition.  Tickets are $5 per person or $15 for the family…nice deal.  And, you’ll want to bring your family because there will be lots of activities for them, lots of entertainment, and you’ll be able to get discounted public skating!

Before all of this, though, you’ll be able to take part in The Big “Chili” 5K race.  It’s taking place during the same day, 2/10, but will start at 10:30 on the CityCenter Danbury Green.  The race will then loop back around and contestants will end up right back where they started.  The entry fee is $25 up until February 7, and $30 from 2/8 until race day.  If you’re registering on race day, please make sure that you get to Danbury Green from 9-10:15.  If you pre-registered, make sure to come by from 9-10:15 to prep, stretch, and pick up your info.  Also, here’s an added incentive to register:  the first 200 people will get t-shirts…scoreee.

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