Brian Jacobson

Rockabilly Chili brings the heat

By - Mar 8th, 2011 04:00 am

Closing in on a decade of bringing rockabilly music (provided by WMSE Radio’s Chicken Shack) and tasty chili (provided in over 70 forms by area restaurants, caterers, co-ops, and budding chefs), the Kern Center filled to the brim with thousands of tasters hoping for a good capsaicin burn.

Awards were given out for veggie and meat chilis, along with prizes for best heat and display as decided by a vox populi vote.  The results were displayed in “Top 5” fashion on a projected board throughout the day, as different contenders rose and fell in the rankings.

In the end, Palms Bistro won Best Meat (with Red Rock Saloon as runner-up), and The Riverwest Co-op retained its groundswell of support and won Best Veggie for the third year (with Brewed Café as runner-up).  Best Heat went to McBob’s Pub and Grill, who proffered a multi-chile pepper and whiskey-topped edition (with Ball ‘n Biscuit Catering bringing the infamous ghost pepper-flavored dish in runner-up position). Best Display went to the colorful Brewed Café (newcomer Red Rock Saloon was runner-up).

Photo intern Nicole Peaslee was dispatched to the front lines and caught the action; see our slideshow below or follow our flickr link here.

Categories: Dining, Photo Gallery

0 thoughts on “Photos: Rockabilly Chili brings the heat”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Great photos! We had a blast hanging out with all the Chili Lovers. Dietrich from Saturday Morning Car Tuenes also kept the party going with his musical treats on Sunday. Thanks for the support, TCD!

  2. Anonymous says:

    We love WMSE and everything you do for Milwaukee. Shine on, you crazy diamonds!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Had a blast, as I have at every other one I’ve managed to attend. It just gets better and better every year with the competitors stepping it up with each entry. Keep it comin’ and we’ll keep tunin’ in!

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