Press Release

WMSE’s 22nd Rockabilly Chili Winners Announced


By - Apr 10th, 2024 07:49 am

MILWAUKEE – April 10, 2024 – WMSE 91.7FM, Milwaukee’s only free-form, community-supported radio station, has announced the results of its 22nd annual Rockabilly Chili cookoff, a fundraiser for the station. More than 40 chilis crafted by Milwaukee-area restaurants were in the running to be named champions in meat, heat, veggie, and unique chili categories. More than 3,700 attendees enjoyed samples of chilis and voted to determine this year’s winners.

2023 Rockabilly Chili Champions

Best Display
Winner: Beans & Barley
Runners up: Bakehouse 23; Twisted Plants

Most Unique
Winner: Ruta’s Fresh Indian Fare
Runners up: The Wolf on Broadway; Buttermint

Best Heat
Winner: Ruta’s Fresh Indian Fare
Runners up: Crafty Cow; Lakefront Brewery

Beat Meat
Winner: Red Maple MKE
Runners up: Buttermint; The Wolf on Broadway

Best Veggie
Winner: Twisted Plants
Runners up: Beans & Barley; Riverwest Co-Op

“With thousands of guests judging chili created by more than 40 contestants, our turnout was exceptional. We’re deeply grateful for the overwhelming support that ensures our station’s financial stability throughout the year,” said Station Manager Tom Crawford. “It’s heartwarming to see our community come together to celebrate WMSE, local eateries, and of course, delicious chili. Our competitors’ dedication and our voters’ seriousness make Rockabilly Chili special. If you couldn’t make it this year or are craving more, please support all our incredible contestants throughout the year.”

WMSE’s Rockabilly Chili is made possible by the support of MSOE, Clark Graphics, Hunger Task Force, Shepherd Express, Direct Supply, Milwaukee Downtown, Milwaukee Film, Gruber Law Offices, LLC, and A&M Provisions.

About WMSE
“Anti-established” in 1981, WMSE 91.7 FM – Frontier Radio has grown into Milwaukee’s truest and longest-standing music radio institution. A financially independent department of the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), WMSE – with a 24-hour free-form format representing every musical genre – has been primarily funded by listening supporters and community partners since 1997. The station’s vision is to educate the listening community by providing a wide selection of musical programming not heard anywhere else in the market. WMSE is Milwaukee’s champion for the city’s diverse community of musicians and artists. For more information, visit www.wmse.org.

NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. While it is believed to be reliable, Urban Milwaukee does not guarantee its accuracy or completeness.

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