CHARLES CITY – Warm up this winter with a great cup of chili … or seven, at the Great Chili Cook-Off on Friday, March 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Columbus Club in Charles City.
One of Community Revitalization’s longest-running community events, the Great Chili Cook-Off is in its 23rd year as both a fundraiser for Charles City’s Main Street program and a fun, tasty way for the community to come together and shake off some of those winter blues. Seven local “celebrity” chili cooks offer up their best recipes for the public to sample and vote on. Tickets are $8 and include samples of all seven chilis, as well as beverage and dessert provided by the Comet Café students from Charles City High School. Each ticket contains a ballot on the back to vote for your favorite chili. The top vote-getter will win the coveted “Golden Ladle Award” and bragging rights for the next year.
This year’s chosen chili chefs represent the automotive service industry. They include: Steve Robel from Quality Auto Service, sponsored by L&J Industries; Dave Martin from Nelson Tire and Auto, self-sponsored; Jason Daniels from Daniels Auto Collision, sponsored by Snap Fitness; Brian Schmidtke of Schmidtke Auto Body, sponsored by Cambrex; Mark Eakes from Mike Molstead Motors, sponsored by Farm Bureau- Jay Jung; Mike Kubik of Northside Auto Body, sponsored by Comet Bowl/Sweet Crete; and Glen Putney from, and sponsored by, Arnold Motor Supply.
Proceeds from this event go towards community betterment efforts by Community Revitalization, a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization dedicated to making Charles City a great place to live, work and play. Tickets are available at the Community Development Office at 401 North Main Street, or at the door of the Columbus Club at 502 Clark Street the day of the event.