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:
4A Song Vinyl featuring chili by Nola Roux Eatery
Bound For Freedom featuring chili by Houndstooth
Caffé Tosi featuring the SJHS Culinary Team – Pumpkin Spice Girls
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
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 themendelcenter.com. For updates about the Chili Tour and future events, visit stjoetoday.com, facebook.com/stjoetoday 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 stjoetoday.com or facebook.com/stjoetoday.