Friday, January 18, 2013

Chili competitions abound in chilly weather

Mmmm. Now, THAT's chili!
If this winter weather is making you yearn for chili, there are at least four competitions coming up in the next few weeks that you may want to try.

The first is set for Saturday, January 26, the 2nd annual Chili Bowl at the Saratoga Clay Arts Center, 167 Hayes Road, Schuylerville (581-2529).

Clay artists from throughout the area are making 100 bowls for the event, and a variety of local chefs will be competing/ Five charities of the "Chef's Choice" will benefit from the proceeds. Those charities include the Franklin Community Center, Slow Foods Saratoga Region, Upstate New York /Vermont Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Saratoga Lions Club and Schuylerville Area Food and Emergency Relief. Attendees will vote for "best chili." Because of the large turnout last year, a limited number of bowls will be pre-sold. Details on tickets, sales, etc., are available on the event website.

The other events will require you to do some logistical panning if you want to take in more than one: They're all scheduled for Saturday, February 2.

•  The 3rd annual Chilipalooza at the B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation, 420 Whitehall Road, Albany (482-5283). This is an interesting kosher-style event because it's open to public entries but not open to any chili from anyone that includes pork or shellfish. Details on the website.

• The 3rd annual Firehouse Chili Cookoff at Brown's Brewing, 417 River Street, Troy (273-2337). All proceeds go to the Burn Center and The Fireman's Home in this competition that pits culinary teams from a variety of fire departments -- Amsterdam, Boght Community, Clifton Park, DeFreestville, Eagle Mills, East Greenbush, Elsmere, Pittstown, Rensselaer,Schenectady, Troy, Watervliet and Wynantskill. Details on the website.

• The Lake George Winter Carnival will have a chili cookoff  at 12:30 p.m. at Shepard's Park Beach in the village.  Details on this particular event as well as the entire carnival are available on the website.

Go here for the region’s best local food & drinks events calendar.

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