MARCH 6TH, 2015
Gumbo is king in Louisiana, but this weekend chili is getting a little love. The ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy is hosting their second annual Chili in the Channel this Saturday (3.07). Pros and home cooks alike will vie for the coveted Golden Pot while the public simply enjoys the food.
ReNEW Development Director and local personality Scott Satchfield told NoDef “We are thrilled with the overwhelming response we’ve gotten for this community and neighborhood celebration that brings people together for such an amazing cause.”
At 6:00a.m. teams will begin filing in, and the burners will be lit. After five hours of furious cooking, gates will open to the public at 11:00a.m. Included in the $5 entry fee are two tasting tickets and a sticker. The sticker will act as a ballot for the People’s Choice Award.
The other categories are Best Amateur Team, Best Professional Team, Best Vegetarian, Best Meat Chili, Most Creative, and Most Panache. And, then there is the grand prize. The Golden Pot is awarded to the best overall team accounting for all factors.
Judges include Travers Mackel, WDSU Correspondent, Sarah Baird, food writer for the Gambit, and Chef Dave Gotter, reigning cookoff champion and executive chef at GG’s Dine-O-Rama on Magazine.
Judging begins at 3:00p.m. and awards are presented at 4:00p.m.
Like any proper New Orleans event, there will also be music at drinks. The ReNEW band will play at 12:30p.m. followed by DJ sets from teacher DJ Yes Kate Yes and possibly Satchfield himself.
There will be plenty of options for libations. NOLA Brewing will be on hand with their ever growing line. The krewe from the Rusty Nail will be setting up a bar featuring Bacardi based cocktails and Cazadores will be offering tequila drinks.
The funds all go to a good cause. The vent specifically benefits ReNEW’s college visitation program which sends students to campuses for weekend visits.