Monday, January 30, 2012

NYChilifest 2012 in Chelsea Market

New York City’s ultimate celebration of chili came back to Chelsea last night to the spicy satisfaction of a sold-out crowd of almost 1,000 hungry foodies and meat lovers in the form of NYChilifest.
Each ticket entitled guests access to a 500-foot concourse of chili nestled inside Chelsea Market, served by dozens of NYC’s best restaurants and popular chefs, all competing for the Golden Chili Mug 2012 title. Samuel Adams poured endless cups of beer that paired well with spicy bowls of chili at stations around the concourse, while live music played.
From the sweet and spicy chili by the team at Cookshop to the non-traditional Italian comfort food from Sara Jenkins of Porchetta and Porsena, the varieties of chili felt endless. Scoop after scoop topped with sour cream to bread crumbs to hot peppers filled up guests’ souvenir mugs and bellies. Amy’s Bread provided rolls to dip into the mugs of chili and Lucy’s Whey supplied farmstead cheeses to add a creamy touch to balance out the spicy kick.
Last year, Northern Spy Food Co., an East Village favorite, won the Golden Chili Mug 2011 title. This year they did not disappoint with a hearty and flavorful chili for guests to enjoy. An exclusive panel of on-site celebrity judges voted on the 2012 Chili Champ of NYC. The Golden Chili Mug 2012 title went to another East Village restaurant, La Palapa, whose chili blew Editor James Stewart-Meudt away. The Brooklyn Star was granted with runner up recognition. Congrats to this years winners!
Chilifest 2012 was not just about stuffing your face with the city’s best chili, as ticket proceeds went to Food Systems NYC in support of their effort to build a just and vibrant, regional food and farm economy, which promotes human and environmental health, and prevents hunger. NYChiliFest 2012 was presented by Chelsea Market, Dickson’s Farmstand Meats and The Cleaver Company.
Who’s ready to order tickets for NYChilifest 2013? xo

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