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It’s culinary school vs. momma’s recipe.  White table cloth vs. plastic.  Vegetarian vs. meat lovers…and chili is the muse!  On Sunday, November 11th from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Chicago’s best chili cooks will congregate in Moonshine Brewing Company’s parking lot (1824 W Division) for another crazy cook-off and tailgate party.  The 4th Annual “Warm Up & Bear Down Chili Cook-Off” features up to 16 pro and amateurs competing for the Gilded Ladle trophy and a bowl full of cash – as voted on by the public.  An added bonus has been added this year, as the winning chili will be featured on Moonshine’s permanent menu (with company name and logo) for at least one month following the event!

In anticipation of the prime time show-down between the Chicago Bears and Houston Texans that evening (7:20 pm start), Moonshine will transform their backyard into the biggest tailgating party outside Soldier Field.  Game action will be featured inside all day long on their wall-to-wall high def big screens and state-of-the-art sound system, and for those lucky sun-of-a-guns with Bears tickets, party buses to / from the game will be on-site!     

To help extinguish that blistering chili heat, Moonshine’s head brewer JD McCormick will be serving up ice-cold handcrafted brews for $5 a pint.  Other specials include: Moonshine’s famous Bloody Mary Bar available from 10am to 5pm, $4 Tullamore Dew (Rocks, Neat & Tall Charges Will be Applied), and $4 Coors Light 22 oz. Stadium Cups | $10 Pitchers. 

About the Judging and Contestants

Judged by the people, contestants are encouraged to invite their friends to offer friendly weighting to the audience vote!  First prize wins $500 cash, the Gilded Ladle trophy and Moonshine menu placement for one month, second prize gets $250 cash, and third prize gets $100 cash.  Contestants will be announced in subsequent release.  For those interested in participating, contact Greg Bauer at moonshinechicago@gmail.com.     

About Tickets and Admission

In advance: $5 with warm coat donation, $10 with no coat, $5 for roundtrip shuttle to/from Soldier Field.

At door: $10 with warm coat donation, $15 with no coat, $10 for roundtrip shuttle to/from Soldier Field.

**Admission grants unlimited chili tastes, or at least until the pots run dry!

About Moonshine Brewing Company

Moonshine Brewing Company is Chicago’s true urban roadhouse experience.  Located in the heart of Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood at 1824 West Division Street, 60622, Moonshine is known for its handcrafted brews, a fresh, locally-sourced menu and a rock-n-roll, no-frills atmosphere.   Phone: 773-862-8686. Hours of operation: Mon-3p-2a; Tue-Fri 11a-2a; Sat 10a-3a; Sun 10a-2a.  moonshinechicago.com.


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