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How To Host a Chili Cook-off

Nov 4 2008 - 9:00am

Yesterday morning I had the pleasure of speaking with three of San Francisco's busiest chefs, the men behind the PlumpJack [1] restaurant kitchens. Jack Falstaff [2]'s Jonnatan Leiva, PlumpJack Cafe [3]'s Rick Edge, and Balboa Cafe [4]'s Jose Lemus each stopped by Balboa to deliver a batch of their ultimate chili. The chefs, along with the firefighters of Station 16, are taking part in an annual chili cook-off, benefiting the San Francisco Firefighter Toy Program [5]. Each chef submitted a recipe for a different type of chili. From now until Friday, November 7th, diners at Balboa will have the chance to sample all four and vote on their favorite. If you don't live in San Francisco you may not be able to taste the chili, but you could host your own chili contest! A chili cook-off is the perfect alternative to a formal Thanksgiving dinner or ideal for game day. To check out my ideas for hosting your own chili cook-off and the PlumpJack chefs' tips for making the best chili, .

When Hosting:

When submitting a chili recipe:

Have you ever hosted or attended a chili cook-off? What is your secret for making the perfect chili?

San Francisco's Balboa Cafe.


Chef Rick Edge of <a href="http:/... Cafe</a> made vegetarian chili.

The vegetarian chili is ready to be served.

The beef chili is ready to be served.

The beef chili boils away on the stove.

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The plated chili.


The firefighters deliver their pot of chili.

The firefighters of Station 16.

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