House of Hops Annual Chili Cook-off

When: Sat, January 25, from 1 PM – 3 PM 

Where: House of Hops – 112 Russet Run, Suite 110, Pittsboro, NC 27312

Head out to the House of Hops for their annual Chili Cook-Off! Tasting will take place from 1-3 so come on down to get your taste and cast your vote. To compete, contact House of Hops and pay a $15 entry fee. With 15 Chef-testant spots available, call to reserve yours now! 

Categories for winners are Best Overall, Best Use of AMB Beer, or Best Vegetarian. 

House of Hops has a HUGE selection of beer to enjoy as well as an welcoming atmosphere with games and hang out spots for kids. Bring the whole family down to enjoy! 

Here is a little bit about the phenomenon know as American Chili. Chili is a heartland dish, created by working class women in Southern Texas during the mid 1800’s. By the 1920’s dozens of chili parlors or small restaurants that focused on the dish, populated the south. The ingredients get disputed, but it typically includes meat, tomato sauce and of course chilis- generally dried but historically fresh. The big dispute is whether to add beans and just which beans or additional veggies should be added.

Now the famous Cincinnati style chili brand is NOT the same. Empire, Skyline or Gold Star are the main chili parlors still slinging this style. The recipe was derived from Greece or Macedonian immigrants and includes a Mediterranean spiced stew atop spaghetti noodles. 

Whatever your recipe it is, beans or no, meat or veggie, chili is a cold weather treat. It is designed to warm the belly and the soul with the blend of gentle (or fiery) spices.

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