Traverse City's annual Chili Cookoff pits champ against rookie

Traverse City's annual Chili Cookoff pits champ against rookie

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU)-- There's no better way to warm up on a winter day than with a hot bowl of chili.

Lucky for Traverse City residents because 17 of its local restaurants will be taking over the Park Place Hotel on Saturday for the city's annual Chili Cookoff.

The event, which raises money for Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, will offer chili in multiple categories including, 1 Alarm, 2 Alarm, 3 Alarm, Vegetarian, Seafood and White, to name a few.

Attendees are asked to pay $10 for 8 samples and vote on their favorite in each category, as well as their overall favorite.

Red Mesa Grill in Traverse City knows what it takes to be the people's choice favorite- they've won two years in a row for their white chicken chili.

Head chef, Ken Stoppa, says the recipe will stay the same as last year and people can expect the restaurant's original cornbread jalapeno cake pops to pair with their chili.

While Ken and Red Mesa seek a three-peat, there are some newcomers on the scene this year looking to make an impression. One of those rookies, is Warehouse KiTChen and Bar.

Warehouse, located inside Hotel Indigo, will go head-to-head against Red Mesa Grill in the same category.

The restaurant's head chef, Bill Given, is looking to make a name for themselves at the cookoff with their own white chicken chili.

Given describes his chili as no frills, fresh and tasty. He listed off various ingredients included in his recipe, but didn't disclose others as to not giveaway the secret.

Whether the rookie or vet comes out on top, Traverse City's Chili Cookoff is bound to be a fun and tasty time.

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