1st Alarm Chili Cook-Off

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Chili may traditionally be a summer dish, but it’s just as appropriate when the weather cools down, too. In fact, now that it’s finally (finally!) getting a little chilly around here, a big hot bowl of chili is sounding mighty inviting. And it looks like the Firefighters Burn Institute caught on, because this Nov. 7, they’re holding the 1st Alarm Chili Cook-Off. This culinary charity event will give all proceeds to the Burn Institute, which runs a local burn treatment facility, provides recovery programs for burn survivors, and teaches burn and fire safety through their free outreach and education programs. The cook-off will take place at the California Automobile Museum, where guests can wander through the museum exhibits while tasting and voting on an assortment of piping-hot chilis. Wine and beer samples will also be on deck as palate cleansers between tastings. A raffle and silent auction, live music with Random Shuffle, and dessert will also be provided. For the stew connoisseur, this event is the time to flex your knowledge of the what makes the perfect chili. Is it just the taste? Is it texture, too? Is it the interplay of meat and beans and peppers? Is it the garnishes? The appearance? Or even . . . the cornbread? Regardless of which chili wins the grand prize, there’s sure to be a chili for everyone, and best of all, it’s all for a good cause. For more information, see here.

What: 1st Alarm Chili Cook-Off
When: Friday, Nov. 7, 6-10 p.m.
Where: California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front St., Sacramento
Cost: $15-$30