published Friday, November 18th, 2011

Chattanooga Market's annual chili contest open to all comers


What: Chattanooga Chili Cook-Off at Chattanooga Market.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

Where: First Tennessee Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd.

Admission: Free.

Phone: 648-2496.

How do you like your chili?

Meat or no meat? Beans or no beans? Hot or mild? Chunky or soup-like?

Chances are, there will be a pot of chili to everyone's liking at the ninth annual Chattanooga Chili Cook-Off at Chattanooga Market on Sunday at First Tennessee Pavilion.

What in previous years was a charity competition among fire stations will be more of an open competition among all chili chefs in the area, said the market's Steve Brehm.

"It's more for bragging rights," he said. "We're trying to make it all-inclusive."

It's not too late to enter a pot of your favorite chili, but the market needs to know how many to expect, Brehm said.

Cooks who want to enter a pot should contact the market office before Sunday.

Brehm said a handful of vendors also will be on hand to serve chili connoisseurs in either sample ($1) or bowl ($4) sizes.

Competitors in the open category will be given first, second and honorable-mention awards, while tasters will select a most popular among restaurant contenders.

Winners will be announced at 3 p.m.

In the future, Brehm said, the market wants to partner its competition with the Chili Appreciation Society International, which promotes chili and raises money for charity. The Texas-based organization sanctions more than 500 cook-offs that raise more than $1 million annually.

"We're interested in growing [the contest]," he said. "It's open to anyone who wants to be a part who is 18 or older."

Offering music this week will be singer/songwriter Roxie Randle at 12:30 p.m. and Bluebilly Grit at 2 p.m.

Randle's music has been described as "an easy listen, with hints of coffeehouse, country, folk and a ladies touch." She has opened for Ricochet and Terri Clark and has performed in concert with Shania Twain.

The music of Bluebilly Grit is described as a crossroads where old-fashioned bluegrass meets progressive, contemporary and rockabilly.

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MamaSaid1964 said...

Readers should be aware that the photo above is misleading. Local fire departments are NOT involved at the Market this year. It hasn't just been opened up to others. It is an entirely different event. Also, the proceeds do not go to the MDA as they have done in previous years. This is an important distinction for some; I know I always enjoy contributing to a worthy cause and seeing the fire fighters, our local heroes, and their good-natured ribbing. The long-standing event--with the fire departments and the MDA--was held in October at the Chattanooga Zoo during Go-Fest, and that's where it will be next year. Just a notable clarification.

November 18, 2011 at 10:39 a.m.
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