3rd An­nual Chili Cook-Off turns up the heat

The Avenue News - - NEWS - By GIANNA DECARLO gde­carlo@ches­pub.com

Spice it up! On Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 19, Bar­cocina in Fell’s Point will be wel­com­ing the area’s best chefs for their an­nual Chili Cook-Off.

“It’s a way for us to bring the neigh­bor­hood to­gether and give the lo­cals some­thing fun to do, it’s re­ally good for the area,” said Mike Dono­van, the gen­eral man­ager at Barocinca.

In its 3rd year, the event has gath­ered quite a fol­low­ing, said Dono­van. Every year, peo­ple from all over Bal­ti­more City and Bal­ti­more County show up to try the new and unique chili recipes from the tal­ented chefs be­hind some of the area’s fa­vorite lo­cal joints, like The Point in Fells and Bond Street So­cial.

More than show­ing off their culi­nary chops, Dono­van the event also gives plenty of ex­po­sure to the area’s restau­rants and can at­tract new cus­tomers to their busi­nesses. “The goal is to get the best chili we can.” While most of the chili con­coc­ters put to­gether a tra­di­tional beef and bean chili, Dono­van said some chefs use the op­por­tu­nity to try out dif­fer­ent fla­vor com­bi­na­tions and in­gre­di­ents.

“They’ll do any­thing from chorizo to goat chili, there’s def­i­nitely some chefs that get cre­ative and have fun with it.”

For $5, you get an un­lim­ited num­ber of taste tests to sam­ple every chili and then vote for your fa­vorite. The ticket also in­cludes dis­counted drink, cock­tail, and food­spe­cials, and dis­counted food spe­cials at Bar­cocina.

The chefs will have from 1-3 p.m. to pre­pare their chili and the sam­pling pe­riod will be open from 3-5 p.m. To pur­chase tick­ets, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/3rdan­nual-chili-cook-off-tick­ets-31330245608

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