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ChiliFest at Chelsea Market Makes for Meaty Weekend in the Big Apple

By Mathew Katz | January 27, 2012 12:42pm
A chef spoons out her chili concoction at NYChiliFest 2012
A chef spoons out her chili concoction at NYChiliFest 2012
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CHELSEA — It's a good weekend to be a meat-lover in the Big Apple.

Not only is Chelsea hosting the Beer, Bourbon and Barbecue Fest Saturday, on Sunday night chili fanatics will be able to wander a 500-foot chili paradise, with dozens of bowls of the good stuff — along with specially paired beers — at NYChiliFest 2012 inside the Chelsea Market.

Some of the city's most popular restaurants — including Gramercy Tavern, Jimmy's No. 43, Mast Brothers Chocolate and Fatty 'Cue — will compete for the 2012 Golden Chili Mug.

East Village-based Northern Spy Food Co., which won last year's title for its meaty Texas-style concoction, will be back this year with a new chili offering.

Each chili will have a base of dry-aged, locally raised beef from Wrighteous Organics, and all chefs have to use meat from "responsibly-raised animals."

Tickets to the event cost $45 for all-you-can-eat chili, along with cornbread and farmstead cheeses. For $55, attendees get the chili, along with unlimited pints of Samuel Adams beer.

Proceeds will go to Food Systems NYC, a coalition of groups dedicated to helping provide affordable access to healthy, nourishing food throughout the city.

In addition to the plentiful eats, Brooklyn-based country band the Dixons will play a set to complement the festivities.

NYChiliFest 2012 runs from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sun. Jan. 29 at Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave. Tickets are available at the event's website.