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Chilifest Brings Grub and Beer to Chelsea Market

By Mathew Katz | January 11, 2014 9:18am
 Guests are served chili at the 2013 NYChilifest.
Guests are served chili at the 2013 NYChilifest.
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CHELSEA — A beer and chili extravaganza is on the way to Chelsea Market.

The market's 500-foot concourse will host the fourth annual NYChiliFest on Jan. 26, with all-you-can-eat chili and all-you-can-chug beer.

A melting pot of restaurants from around the city — 19 have signed up so far — will compete for the top chili title.

Competitors include Mexicue, Mile End Delicatessen, Pies 'n' Thighs, Spices and Teas and Jimmy's No. 43. Each chili will be made using dry-aged beef from Wrighteous Organics, supplied by Chelsea Market's own Dickson's Farmstand Meats.

Samuel Adams will match four of its brews with the chili, which guests can enjoy along with music by The Dixons and Superbad Brad.

Amanda Freitag of the Food Network, Umami Burger owner Adam Fleishman and Wrighteous Organic's Martin Tessarzik will judge. The winning restaurant will earn the title of Chili Champ of NYC, along with the Golden Chili Mug.

This year, the festival will have a people's choice award for the first time, letting guests vote for their favorite bowl of chili.

The event, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 26, is a fundraiser for Food Systems NYC, which works to prevent hunger in the city. Tickets are $50 for unlimited chili, or $55 for unlimited chili and beer, and are available online.