I’m judging again at the Annual Half Acre Charitable Chili Cook-Off Benefiting The Arts of Life! Start making plans to attend, or better yet, compete! You have until October 27 to enter: here’s the form!
The Arts of Life, a Chicagoland non-profit arts studio for adults with and without disabilities, will once again showcase the area’s best and tastiest chili at their 4th annual Half Acre Charitable Chili Cook-Off on November 3, 2012 starting at 5PM. Like the previous successful years, the cook-off will take place at 2010 W Carroll Ave and this year attendants should expect even more fun and yum!
Entrants from around the Chicagoland area will provide a variety of chilies in two different categories, vegetarian friendly and meat lovers. Some serious bragging rights and prizes are at stake for the competitors! Guests can also partake in fresh brewed Half Acre Beer, a cool down from Black Dog Gelato, and a chance to win screen-printed chili cook-off swag. Jake Gold, who attended last year’s cook off, says this annual event is “the integration of my three favorite activities… eating spicy and delicious foods, fund-raising, and viewing an EPIC performance by the one and only Arts of Life Band! Please do come and rock out, stuff your face, and support a great cause!”
The esteemed judge’s panel with the difficult task of choosing this year’s top chili includes representatives from a few of our favorite food blogs including Chuck Sudo from The Chicagoist, Tammy Green from Chicago Bites, and Vivian and Michelle from Chicago Food Whores. Baritone Saxophone player Garrick Smith from the local band Chicago Afrobeat Project will be the night’s MC. Enjoy a live and energetic performance by The Arts of Life Band and the mood setting music provided by our own local Chicago-based bluegrass band The Kodiak Farm Boys.
Tickets for the chili cook-off are now on sale for $10 and will be available at the door for $15. All proceeds go directly to supporting The Arts of Life, which is celebrating twelve years of empowering people to create an amazing artistic and personal vision for their community. So, not only will attendants enjoy an evening of locally made treats, they will also support an invaluable organization. Tim Sarrantonio, a contestant at last year’s chili cook-off says, “Being able to whip up an amazing chili for people to try while supporting both a local brewery and a Chicago artistic institution is the highlight of my year.”
The Arts of Life is people, with and without disabilities, creating an artistic culture to realize their full potential. Opened in 2000, The Arts of Life was the first program in Chicago to provide employment in the arts for adults with developmental disabilities. The studio serves as both an alternative day program and creative epicenter for its artists. Funded partly by the Department of Human Services, The Arts of Life also greatly depends on fund-raising efforts and grants to sustain its program.