Great Lakes Regional Chili Cook-Off

The days are getting shorter, the leaves are changing colors – and some of us are still in denial that summer is over. What better way to be good to ourselves than with one of the ultimate cold weather comfort foods…chili? Get ready for the 19th annual “Great Lakes Regional Chili Cook-Off,” which will be held in Kellogg Park in Plymouth, Michigan on Sunday, October 5, 2014. The expected attendance at this event is about 20,000 people and will feature a chili cook-off, motorcycle show, live bands, kid’s activities, and food and vendor booths. The “Great Lakes Regional Chili Cook-Off” is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that holds chili cook-offs to benefit local charities and other nonprofit organizations. All of the money raised from this event goes to local charities that include Habitat for Humanity and Penrickton Center for Blind Children.

Chili, Chili, and More Chili!

The “Great Lakes Regional Chili Cook-Off” will offer chili samples to the public in several categories: “Restaurant Chili,” “People’s Choice Chili,” “Green Chili,” and “Red Chili.” Winners of the “Great Lakes Regional Chili Cook-Off” qualify to compete at one of the world’s largest food contests – the “International Chili Society – World’s Championship Chili Cook-Off.”

“The Best Chili Ever”

Every chili cook has a special secret ingredient that makes their recipe stand out from all the rest as “the best chili ever.” The options are endless in the mixing of different spices, beans, and meats of spicy, sweet, and smoky flavors to create a great tasting chili. What would be your secret ingredient if you were in a chili cook-off? A great chili requires the combination of great cooking techniques, fresh ingredients, and presentation skills. The trick in most cases is to not overdo it. Don’t add any inessential ingredients, and go (as directly as possible) to where you want to go with your recipe that makes a great chili.

If you think that you already make a great chili, you may want to consider turning cooking into your new career by training at Dorsey Schools, or even enter the Chili Cook-Off! So pay a visit to downtown Plymouth and try all the chili that you can possibly imagine with friends and family for a great cause.

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