Vote for Best Chili in St. Joseph During the 8th Annual Downtown Chili Tour Jan. 24

Whether visitors like their chili mild or fiery hot, their chili-inspired desserts simply sweet or sweet and spicy, or toasty hot beverages, they will find more than 20 ways to chase away the chill during the 8th Annual Downtown Chili Tour on January 24th. The event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown St. Joseph. Merchants and restaurants will offer samples of their favorite chili recipes in hopes of earning the People’s Choice Award determined by popular vote or the Chili Pepper Award determined by a panel of judges.

“There is a fee of $2 per person which includes a map of participating locations that doubles as your voting ballot,” said Amy Zapal, executive director of St. Joseph Today. “A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen.”

Registrants will get a map of chili stop locations which they can turn in at the end of the night to vote for their favorite chili as well as be entered in a drawing for a $25 St. Joseph Today Gift Certificate good at more than 40 locations. The drawing will be held Jan. 27.

The following sites are this year’s chili stop locations:

221 Main

4A Song Vinyl featuring chili by Nola Roux Eatery

Baroda Founders featuring chili by Journeyman Distillery

Bound For Freedom featuring chili by Houndstooth

Caffé Tosi featuring the SJHS Culinary Team – Pumpkin Spice Girls

Chocolate Café

Forever Books featuring chili by Zion UCC

FuzzyButz Pet Bakery featuring chili by Full Circle Cafe


HaborTown Interiors featuring chili by RyeBelle’s

Kilwins featuring free samples

Lazy Ballerina Winery featuring free samples

Oh My Darlings featuring chili by LakeHouse Restaurant & Bar

Olive Cart featuring chili by Papa Vino’s

Perennial Accents featuring chili by Etre Farms

ReVive Spa featuring chili by Red Lotus Nutrition

Schu’s Grill & Bar

Silver Harbor Brewing

State Street Stuff featuring chili by Tapistry Brewing

The Buck Burgers & Brew

The Natural Gem featuring desserts

Third Coast Surf Shop featuring chili by North Shore Inn

Vivi’s Italian Garden

Wanderlust Outfitters featuring chili by Nosh Village

Whitcomb Senior Living Community

White Pine Winery featuring chili by Clementine’s


Zapal added that several non-chili locations are also “must stops” that evening because of their special sales and family-friendly entertainment.

Guests looking to enjoy a full weekend of fun in St. Joseph can also still purchase tickets for the 5th Annual Winter Beer Fest. Tickets available in person at the Welcome Center, through The Mendel Center Box Office in person, over the phone, or online at For updates about the Chili Tour and future events, visit or call 269-985-1111.

St. Joseph Today, a membership-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is dedicated to developing and promoting events and businesses in St. Joseph, Mich. and its surrounding communities. For more information about upcoming events, visit or