WHEATON – With the weather turning colder, those who attend the Downtown Wheaton Association's ninth annual Chili Cook-Off will get the chance to warm up.
The Downtown Wheaton Association will present the Chili Cook-Off from 1 to 5 pm. Nov. 4. Chili lovers will be able to sample a variety of chili recipes prepared and served by 15 participating restaurants and eateries, and there will be live music during the event.
Tickets are available for $22 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger, and they can be purchased online at downtownwheaton.com. Tickets also are available for purchase in the Downtown Wheaton Association offices, 108 E. Wesley St., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday.
Tickets also will be available for sale the day of the event at Martin Memorial Plaza at Front and Main streets in downtown Wheaton. More than 900 people attended last year’s event.
This year’s participating restaurants include Bricks Wood Fired Pizza, Choun’s Restaurant, Dry City Brew Works (featuring Steamboat BBQ), Egg’lectic Cafe, El Zarape Restaurant, Emmett’s Brewing Company, Front Street Cantina, Gia Mia Pizza Bar, Gino’s East of Chicago, Ivy Restaurant, My Half of the Sky, Muldoon’s Irish-American Eatery, Il Sogno, Suzette’s Creperie and The Burger Social. Each participating restaurant is asked to prepare between 25 and 35 gallons of chili.
"We're going to feature a really nice variety," said Paula Barrington, Downtown Wheaton Association executive director. "Muldoon's will do more of your Irish-influenced chili-based recipes. [Then there's] Choun's, which is a wonderful Thai restaurant. Her recipe will be reflective of her Asian-inspired dishes and spices. And she will also be featuring karaoke in her restaurant that day. So that should be a fun stop for everyone."
The Burger Social, which is set to open this year on Hale Street in downtown Wheaton, will be participating in this year's event.
"They're planning to open sometime in early November," Barrington said. "Their construction is moving right along. If they are not physically open the day of the chili cook-off, they will prepare their chili at one of their other restaurants and serve it on the sidewalk in front of their new location."
She noted the event will not be impacted by the ongoing construction work in the downtown. Ticket holders are invited to visit all participating restaurants, enjoy a taste of chili at each stop and cast their vote for their favorite chili recipe.
The winners of the People’s Choice award will be announced between 5:30 and 6 p.m. that day at Ivy Restaurant, 120 N. Hale St., last year’s first place winner. All proceeds benefit the Downtown Wheaton Association marketing and special event efforts throughout the year.
If you go
WHAT: Downtown Wheaton Association's ninth annual Chili Cook-Off
WHEN: 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 4
WHERE: Downtown Wheaton
COST: $22 for adults, $10 for children 12 and younger