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Downtown Plymouth Heats Up with 18th Annual Chili Cookoff

Downtown Plymouth could get hot this Sunday with the return of the 18th annual Great Lakes Regional Chili Cookoff.

The event is sanctioned by the International Chili Society (ICS) and will feature a traditional red, green and salsa competition. Winners will advance to the 2014 ICS World Championships. There will also be a people’s choice and best restaurant chili awards.

[Check out the schedule of events here]

Visitors can sample chili from about 40 cooks set up in The Gathering or the 16 participating restaurants in Kellogg Park.

Ken Horn, the founder of the chili cookoff along with his wife Annette, said the event is down on entries from last year, partly because they had to move the date up.

“The World Championship moved back to our date, and we can’t have our event on the same weekend as the World Championships. So we’ve lost some cooks because of that. And some people have told us they have other plans because they thought we were the second weekend.”

The one-day event draws between 10,000 and 20,000 people, Horn said.

“It’s very weather dependent,” he said. “Last year we were down on people. Ticket sales were down by about $20,000. It’s really hard to know because people can show up for the event and never buy a ticket, walk around, see the motorcycles and go to a restaurant.”

All chili proceeds raised from the event will benefit Habitat for Humanity, while proceeds from the motorcycle show will benefit the Penrickton Center for Blind Children.

According to Horn, last year raised about $21,000 for Habitat and $5,000 for Penrickton, which is half of what was raised in 2011.

“That’s how much the crowd matters,” Horn said.

In spite of last year’s outcome and the shortage of entries, Horn is optimistic about this year.

“We’re hoping to sell at least $50,000 tickets for sampling,” he said.

Most of the chili samples produced for the public during the event come from the restaurants participating in the Restaurant Chili Challenge, Horn said.

“The cooks in The Gathering, as hard as they work and as much as they make, can’t satisfy the all the demands for chili that we get,” he said. “Those restaurants will typically produce 30,000 to 40,000 samples. That’s just a tremendous amount, but that’s how we can feed everybody.”

Among this year’s restaurants is Jeff Zak Catering who is cooking for the first time this year.

Zak said he decided to enter, in part, because of his new location in Old Village after relocating from Forest Avenue.

“I just thought, ‘I want to bring the sexy back to Old Village,'” he said joking. “I want to get some action. I feel like everything’s too separate, you know like the art fair and all that stuff. I just thought we’d get a name down there.”

Zak has a secret weapon – a unique chili recipe never before used by him.

“There’s a component that we make all the time, it’s a vegetarian component that people love that we serve for vegetarians,” Zak said. “So that’s going to be the inspiration for the chili.”

Zak said he wasn’t yet sure if he would keep the chili vegetarian or turn it into a white chicken chili.

“You’ll have to come and find out,” he said.

Chili sampling Tickets cost $1 or $20 for 20 tickets with five voting stars to vote your favorite chili and a plastic tray holding up to 12 samples. One 20-ounce sample of chili takes one ticket, while a bowl takes four tickets. Bowls are only available from restaurants.

For more information about Sunday’s event, visit www.greatlakeschili.com

As read on: http://plymouth-mi.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/downtown-plymouth-heats-up-with-18th-annual-chili-cookoff

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Sunday, October 6th is our Annual Chili Cook-off & Charity Ride!

Join us for this years Ride to benefit the
Penrickton Center for Blind Children
Sunday, October 6th, 2013!

*Registration begins at 8:30am
*Ride will Depart from Dick Scott’s Classic Motorcycles
at 10am SHARP
*Arrive in Downtown Plymouth to enjoy the Great Lakes Regional Chili Cook-off and Bike Show around 11:15am!

We will have a Police Escort and
VIP Parking when we arrive at the event!

*$10.00 Per Rider
(Includes Police Escort and VIP Parking)

  Meet at Dick Scott’s Classic Motorcycles
36534 Plymouth Rd, Livonia, MI 48150 before 10am
RSVP by calling 877-388-9508
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OUR 5TH ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF & CHARITY RIDE EVENT IS COMING UP SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6TH, 2013!

Join us for this years Ride to benefit the
Penrickton Center for Blind Children
Sunday, October 6th, 2013!

*Registration begins at 8:30am
*Ride will Depart from Dick Scott’s Classic Motorcycles
at 10am SHARP
*Arrive in Downtown Plymouth to enjoy the Great Lakes Regional Chili Cook-off and Bike Show around 11:15am!

We will have a Police Escort and
VIP Parking when we arrive at the event!

*$10.00 Per Rider
(Includes Police Escort and VIP Parking)

Meet at Dick Scott’s Classic Motorcycles
36534 Plymouth Rd, Livonia, MI 48150 before 10am
RSVP by calling 877-388-9508

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THIS Sunday, October 9th is the 16th Annual Great Lakes Regional Chili Cookoff!

Join us at Dick Scott’s Classic Motorcycles in Livonia for our Charity Ride to benefit the Penrickton Center for Blind Children! We will leave Livonia at 10am Sharp to head to the Chili Cook-off. Once we arrive in Downtown Plymouth we will have FREE VIP Parking for the Chili Cook-off event!
Visit our Upcoming Events Page for complete Charity Ride Details and to Print a flyer!

Great Lakes Regional Chili Cook-off Event:
Sunday, October 9, 2011, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Plymouth, MI

Great Lakes Regional Chili, Inc is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization that holds chili cook-offs to benefit charities or other nonprofit organizations. Winners of the Great Lakes Regional Chili, Inc cook-offs qualify to compete at the International Chili Society (ICS) World’s Championship Chili Cook-off. The ICS is the largest food contest, festival organization in the world!

Great Lakes Regional Chili, Inc is very proud that in the past 14 years we have raised $185,000 for charities and nonprofit organizations here in Southeast Michigan.

Charities who have received at least $5,000 include: Make a Wish Foundation, The Rainbow Connection, Plymouth Salvation Army, Bridgepoint, Michigan Youth Soccer Association and Habitat for Humanity.

Click here to visit the Great Lakes Regional Chili Cook Off web site: www.greatlakeschili.com

As read on: http://www.plymouthmich.org/events/Great-Lakes-Regional-Chili-Cook-Off_ET23S27.html

3rd Annual Charity Ride AND Chili Cook-Off in Downtown Plymouth!