It's just the hot, spicy news polar vortex-menaced Milwaukee needed.
WMSE 91.7 Â announced the return of the Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser, Sunday, March 2 at the Kern Center, 1245 N. Broadway, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. 2014 marks the 12th year of the fundraiser, which last year brought in over 3,000 hungry attendees.Â
Thanks to the increasing attendance numbers, this year's iteration has expanded to include both the first floor gymnasium and the second floor field house.
With the event's growth comes an increase in activity options. The children's area introduced last year â€“ run by Artists Working in Education â€“ has expanded, and WMSE will run three chili pepper races (think the Miller Park sausage races but, you know, with chili peppers) throughout the day on the Kern Center's second floor field house track.
This year's Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser will also include participation from a combination of six Milwaukee Fire Department firehouses and operation centers. The MFD houses' chili will be judged by a panel of celebrity judges, who will be announced later in February.
Then there's the meat of the matter: the chili competition, setting 50 Milwaukee restaurants, cafes and caterers against one another to determine the city's best chili. There are five different categories: best meat, best vegetarian, most unique chili, best vendor display/presentation and, of course, best heat. Event attendees vote on the winners.
Some of the confirmed chili vendors include Simple Cafe, Outpost Natural Foods, Cafe Lulu, G-Daddy's BBC, Brewed Cafe and many more. A full list of vendors will be announced Jan. 27.Â
Tickets for the Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser go on sale online or at WMSE's studios, 820 N. Milwaukee St., Friday, Jan. 10 at noon. Advance tickets are $12 and come with four chili sample tickets, while day-of tickets are $15 and come with two chili sample tickets. Children 10 and under are free. Additional chili sample tickets are $1 at the event. Bring two or more non-perishable food items to donate to the Hunger Task Force, and you will receive two additional sample tickets.
So next time you head outside and your face starts freezing off, think of the warm front of spicy chili action coming to town in March. Maybe it'll help. Maybe.Â
No Talkbacks for this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Matt Mueller
Published Sept. 4, 2015
It is the most profane of preseason traditions: Deadspin's annual NFL Why Your Team Sucks series. Every year, columnist Drew Magary goes through every team in the league, mercilessly burns them to the ground and salts the ground they once proudly stood upon. And now he's finally made it to the Green Bay Packers. It's not pretty.
Published Sept. 3, 2015
Every year, I think that there's no way the Milwaukee Film Festival can put together another lineup as strong as the year before, and every year, I'm proven wrong. 2015 is no different. Here are 10 of the movies I'm most looking forward to once the end of the month comes around.
Published Sept. 2, 2015
"The Room" is a not bad movie. Bad movies are nothing special to Hollywood; one comes out pretty much every weekend. No, "The Room" is more like an unholy miracle of awful filmmaking, a movie that fails so incredibly hard it becomes an almighty success in the process. The new cult classic is coming to the Oriental Theatre this weekend, so we asked its creator Tommy Wiseau a few questions. And no, not "So anyway, how's your sex life?"
Published Aug. 31, 2015
The former Goldmann's Department Store is in the process of becoming the new home to the Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center. As a part of the renovation process, however, its iconic sign was taken down. After spending some time for sale in the construction lot, the popular Milwaukee and Mitchell Street landmark has found a new home. But, not in Milwaukee.
Published Aug. 27, 2015
Growing up, the Bay View-based toy maker Peggy Brown has plenty of memories of the classic board game Operation - and her family didn't even own it. Decades later, Brown - along with her friend and fellow toy maker Tim Walsh - are trying to give something back to the man whose legendarily buzz-worthy game gave them so many fun times and fond memories over the years with the documentary "Buzz Heard 'Round the World."
Published Aug. 27, 2015
Considering its reputation as Milwaukee's haunted bar, Shaker's Cigar Bar, located at 422 S. 2nd St., certainly knows a thing or two about old stories coming to life. After giving plenty of historical tours through the years and guiding eager guests to some of the city's ghosts, bar owner Bob Weiss and marketing director Amanda Morden are hoping they've found a new way to resurrect some of Milwaukee's old tales of yore: Hangman Radio.
Published Aug. 26, 2015
Now, with their Internet comedy series "Shangri-L.A.," Milwaukee-grown filmmakers Drew Rosas and Nick Sommer ("Billy Club," "Pester") are the latest to go in search of the worldly utopia. Well, kind of, as the search for dreams brings them to the very real city of Los Angeles - and to Kickstarter to help finish the 11 episode production.
Published Aug. 25, 2015
Yes, the Packers will probably be just fine without Jordy Nelson, who's done for the year with a significant right knee injury. But sometimes, you just need to grieve ... with a collection of Dubsmashes from Olivia Munn and Aaron Rodgers from before the injury that eerily fit this time of great sadness.
Published Aug. 23, 2015
If you're planning on riffing off of one of Hollywood's greatest director's greatest movies, you better know what you're doing. Luckily, the man behind "Phoenix" is the extremely talented German director Christian Petzold, who smartly takes a touch of Hitchcock and twists it into an impressive project all of his own, a brilliantly crafted modern post-war noir carefully cloaked in mystery that slowly but satisfyingly burns to a quiet fireworks display of a finale.
Published Aug. 22, 2015
The jazzy retro style of Guy Ritchie's "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." is slinky fun, but enjoy it while you can because, like a toddler, if you take your eyes off it for a second to grab your drink or glance at your watch or merely blink, it is gone, a whooshing little breeze where it once used to be on screen and in your mind. The projector might as well be one of those neuralizers from "Men in Black."