ILION — The 12th annual Chili Challenge to benefit the Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross will take place from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9, at Francesca’s Banquets and Catering, 144 E. Main St., Ilion.
The Chili Challenge will feature professional and amateur cooks and has regularly attracted more than 300 people who are looking for a tasty way to stay warm in the dead of winter.
“No football, no problem. The Chili Challenge is a great way to spend the Sunday between the Super Bowl and school break,” said Chris Bray, chair of the American Red Cross Mohawk Valley Chapter. “This is a fun event that helps us with our serious mission of providing comfort to the people who need it most throughout the Mohawk Valley.”
The competition will include a Restaurant League and an Amateur League, with award categories in each league — Best Presentation, Most Unique and Hottest — and overall People’s Choice.
Visitors will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite chili.
As of Jan. 13, the competitors included Heidelberg Café, P.K.’s Pub, Sorrento’s and Salvatore’s, Dominick’s Deli and American Food and Vending in the Restaurant League, and MOVAC, Matt Powers, Marcus Neckermann, Bill and Nikki Hewitt, Herkimer County Sheriff Christopher Farber, KVAC, Assemblyman Marc Butler and Eric Burger in the Amateur League.
The family-friendly event will also include a 50/50 raffle, beer tasting and Kenny the Promo Guy to DJ the event.
The proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross to provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Working families in the Mohawk Valley often require emergency assistance from home fires, flooding and other disasters.
For more information about the Chili Challenge, contact Denise Snyder, American Red Cross board member and Chili Challenge committee member, at 867-0385.