Chili Challenge

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Chili Challenge is an event to generate community and financial support for Boys & Girls Club of Rochester. We expect to have 3,000+ attendees sampling chilies from over 20 participants. Participants will include local businesses, restaurants, and other community representatives. The event also offers family activities, live music, decorated booths, and a variety of other foods and beverages to enjoy.

The 8th Annual Chili Challenge was held on Thursday, September 22, from 4-8pm at Heritage Hall, Kahler Hotel. Our teams provided 23 different chilies to sample, and music was featured by Jeremy Jewell and Root River JamAlso, back by popular demand was the Homebrew Competition. 14 local beer enthusiasts offered samples of their home-brewed beer for tasting, side-by-side with Rochester’s professional brewing companies. Winner of the Homebrew competition will have their beer brewed at LTS Brewing Company!

We are currently looking for enthusiastic volunteers to serve in all event planning capacities. If you'd like to be a part of the fun and excitement of Chili Challenge 2017, please contact Lori Trotman at 507.226.0107 or ltrotman{at}bgclubroch{dot}org.

Thank you for making our 2016 event a success!

Thank you to our generous 2016 sponsors!

Announcing our Chili team winners:

The Real Deal category (judging panel):
1) Mayo Clinic KER Unit
2) Five West
3) Nerofibromatosis Network

Anything Goes category (judging panel):
1) Somerby Golf Club
2) Premier Bank (chili made by Pappy's Place)
3) The Loop

Vegetarian (judging panel):
1) Boys & Girls Club of Rochester
2) Rochester Sand & Gravel (chili made by Tonic)
3) Boys & Girls Club of Blooming Prairie

Publicly Judged Awards:
Spicy Spirit: Mayo Clinic KER Unit
Kids' Choice: Med City Moms
People's Choice:
Nerofibromatosis Network

Homebrew Competition:
Brewers' Choice: John Eischen
People's Choice: John Eischen


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