This weekend, I attended the Hoboken Volunteers’ Chili Cook-Off and Homebrewing Contest at the Elks Lodge (1005 Washington St).
There were tons of chili stations to be taste tested – local residents from Hoboken and Jersey City came out to support Hoboken Volunteers and put their chili and spices to the test. Let’s just say it was a packed house:
Lots of chili tasting and brew sipping.
Ben and Jerry’s was there serving free cups of ice cream, and a bunch of homebrewers (part of the NJ Brewing Association) put their beer to the mercy of the crowds.
Some of the creative contestants’ signs and dishes:
Drum Roll PLEASE….the awards:
Abbey Bell won top chili honors at the competition, while Ryan Hickswa won first place in the homebrewing contest.
Bob and Lauren Balsamo earned the judges’ award for best vegetarian chili, and Kyle Lott and Ryan Devlin won the people’s choice award for best chili.
902 Brewing Company also received people’s choice for homebrewing.
It was a successful event all around – but I would have to say, my favorite part of the event (and a true story for most people eating chili), was this chili “dessert,” strategically placed by a chili contestant:
This sold-out event raised $10,000 (!!) for TRUE Mentors, Hoboken’s only one-to-one mentoring program for children (ages 7-17). It just shows what Hoboken does best — helping support those in need. If you haven’t heard of this amazing program, make sure you check it out here. And if you happen to volunteer, say hi to my friend Michelle, she’s fabulous!
Amazing job done by all, and congrats to the winners!
Hopefully everyone has fully recovered from any stomach indigestion/heart burn at this point…but if not, hopefully you snagged one of the Tums’ shot glasses for good measure.
Did you go? What chili station was your favorite?
Written by: Jen