Serving bowls of community funIf you’ve got a passion for the spicy Southwestern stew more commonly known as chili, you may just be interested in attending the United Way chili cook-off on Sept. 12.
By: Sarah Alabsi, Duluth Budgeteer News
If you’ve got a passion for the spicy Southwestern stew more commonly known as chili, you may just be interested in attending the United Way chili cook-off on Sept. 12.
The family-friendly event, which takes place at the DECC arena, is open to chili entries of both amateurs and professionals alike.
“The chili cook-off is the only local event where a person can sample some of the best chilies anywhere and vote for the ‘best,’” said long-time chili cook-off volunteer Dan Leslie.
The cook-off marks the launch of the United Way of Greater Duluth’s Community Fundraising Campaign. Through the annual fundraising campaign, more than 400 local workplaces come together to support more than 50 programs and initiatives in the community that address education, income and health needs. Involvement within the community has been ever-present with the cook-off almost reaching its maximum of 50 competitors just last year.
“The cook-off is a way to get the community jazzed up,” said Tracy Gilsvik, marketing director of the United Way of Greater Duluth.
For those interested in the competition, there are a few guidelines to follow. Each team must make at least 12 gallons of chili in a licensed kitchen. This means no private home kitchens. The chili must be warmed to at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit when you arrive to the DECC arena. Failure to do this results in disqualification from the competition.
Doors open at 4:30 and award winners will be announced at 6:30. Tickets will be sold at the door for $7 for general admission, $3 for children under the age of 12 and free for children under the age of five. Chips, cookies, ice cream and soda will be served as well as bread and more than 40 different chilis.
“Come for a fun time and good meal that’s also affordable,” said Gilsvik.
If you are interested in competing, you can register online at www.unitedwayduluth.org. Competitor registry ends September 5.There is a nonrefundable registration fee of $40, though 501(c)(3) nonprofits are exempt from the fee.
Call Taire Lind Suliin at 218-726-4794 with any questions about volunteering, competing or attendance.