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WMSE Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser Was Hot

50 local restaurants at 17th annual event. And how about that chili pepper race?

By - Mar 12th, 2019 01:30 pm
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Skip from the Grovelers and Mark G.E. from the Xposed 4 Heads at the WMSE 17th Annual Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser. Photo by Erol Reyal.

Skip from the Grovelers and Mark G.E. from the Xposed 4 Heads at the WMSE 17th Annual Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser. Photo by Erol Reyal.

The 17th Annual WMSE Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser was held at the MSOE Kern Center on March 10th, 2019.

This year’s chili competition pitted more than 50 Milwaukee restaurants, cafes and caterers against one another to determine the city’s best chili as voted on by event attendees. Awards were given to winners in five different categories: Best Meat, Best Vegetarian, Most Unique Chili, Best Heat and Best Vendor Display/Presentation.

Besides great chili, music and family entertainment, the fundraiser featured the chili pepper races, the Artist’s Working in Education (AWE) who have been providing arts and crafts in the Children’s Area since 2013, and family friendly staff and volunteers from both WMSE and MSOE. This years live music was provided by The Dick Satan Trio.

Rockabilly Chili’s presenting sponsor was Lakefront Brewery, along with Von Breisen & Roper, s.c. and Colectivo Coffee.

Winners for the 2019 WMSE 17th Annual Rockabilly Chili, as posted by Sidney McCain

Best Meat – Kettle Range Meat Company (they were last year’s winners)
Runners Up – Odd Duck, Puddler’s Hall
Best Heat – Lakefront Brewery (last year’s winners as well)
Runners Up – Safehouse / Good Harvest Market
Best Veggie – Beans & Barley – (last year’s winner)
Runner Up – SmallPie (first time entering), Riverwest Co-Op
Most Unique – DanDan
Runner’s Up – Nightmare’s / Braise
Best Display – The biggest upset: Brewed owned this spot for the last 10 years, but Lakefront Brewery knocked ’em out
Runner’s Up – Brewed Café / Stubby’s Gastrogrub & Beer Bar
Best Firehouse Chili – MFD Repair Shop

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