United Way Chili Cook-off Tips


Having attended the United Way Chili Cook-off numerous times, I have two pieces of advice to those who either have never gone before or don’t easily learn from past mistakes:

1) Don’t wear a jacket or sweatshirt into the event. It’s pretty warm outside this year, so maybe you wouldn’t have done that anyway, but my point is that no matter what the weather is like outside, there are 40 different kinds of chili being cooked for a giant crowd of people inside. It gets hot.

2) It’s best to go to this event with someone you don’t mind sharing food with. Instead of the two of you getting two portions of everything, just get one portion and share. If you like that particular chili, get a second portion. If you don’t, move on. You don’t want to waste a lot of time and stomach on a chili you don’t like, because there are many that you will like if you can get to them before they run out.

2009 United Way Chili Cook-off
Sept. 17 | 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. | DECC
$6 for adults; $3 for kids

Also, I should note two art openings going on tonight (Sept. 17) for your post-chilifest enjoyment:

1) “Burning Bridges,” new paintings by Eric Dubnicka at Washington Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m.

2) Photography by Nate Lindstrom at the Spiritual Deli from 7 to 9 p.m.



about 12 years ago

thanks for posting this...would have forgotten all about it.

Paul Lundgren

about 12 years ago

There was a lot of good chili, and a handful that were pretty bad. I didn't hear who the winners were. 

My four favorites:

* Grandma's Saloon & Grill - Miller Hill
* Duluth Regional Care Center (DRCC Hunter Chili, made with venison)
* 94X & Chasers Wings & Grill
* Grandma's Sports Garden & Event Center (made with steak)

My friend Mark went racing to the Sports Garden table when he was informed their chili was made with steak. "Really?" he said, with a look of uncontainable excitement, turning away and bolting off. Moments later he returned looking very disappointed. "I thought you said it was made out of snake," he grumbled.

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