Enjoy a red-hot ‘bowl of blessedness’ at annual Chili Throwdown

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Last year's event drew a record crowd to University Commons. (Photo by Michael Marsland)

The competition will be red-hot and so will the chow at the fourth annual Chili Throwdown on Thursday, Dec. 6, in Yale Commons.

The event, to be held noon-1:30 p.m., is sponsored by Yale Dining as a fundraiser for United Way.

While it may be altruistic at heart, the Chili Throwdown is also a fiery competition, with chefs vying to please the palates of both the judges and the crowd. The latter elect the winner of the “People’s Choice Award,” while the recipe that wows the official judges wins a place on Yale Dining’s official menus — and bragging rights for the cook — for a year. This year’s judges will be Yale College Dean Mary Miller, Yale Police Chief Ronnell Higgins, and Ronald DeSantis, director of culinary excellence and quality assurance in Yale Dining.

The deadline for Chili Throwdown entries has been extended to Friday, Nov. 30; contact Pedro Tello at [email protected] for event rules and to sign up.

A $5 donation at the door gives chili lovers sampling rights to all the entries, as well as five tokens to vote for their favorite concoctions. (Note: By boosting your donation, you can increase your voting power.)

Also on the menu at the event will be an appearance by Handsome Dan.

Entertainer/journalist Will Rogers (1879-1935) used to describe chili as a “bowl of blessedness.” The funds raised for United Way through the Chili Throwdown might also earn the fiery fare served there the title “bowl of beneficence.”

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