ypsi chili

Shannon Gordon, the owner of Gordon’s Five and Dime, is organizing something called the Depot Town Chili Challenge, to be held here in Ypsi from 3:00 to 6:00 PM on January 27. I’m still a bit unclear as to how it’ll work exactly, but it sounds as though local store owners will be providing the chili, and that we, the people, will be casting ballots. Interested parties, I’m told, can join in on the judging for $5, which will entitle them to sample ten kinds of chili. (Proceeds are to be given to SOS Community Services.) Participants so far, according to Shannon, include the Queen of Hearts bakery, Gordon’s Five & Dime, Aubrey’s, Cady’s, Dennis’s Music, Sidetrack, the Corner Brewery, the People’s Food Co-op, and Cafe Luwak. (As that brings the total to nine businesses, my assumption is that they’re hoping that either the Cheeky Monkey doll shop or Apotheke will jump onboard, but I suppose it’s possible that the automotive museum could round out the group.) As it’s a fundraiser, I’m hesitant to hint at anything the least bit negative, but one wonders what music store chili or car museum chili might taste like.

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  1. mark
    Posted January 6, 2007 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

    And, apparently, I’m not the only one wondering about the possible public health implications.

  2. old man gordon
    Posted January 7, 2007 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    We’ve talked with the health department. The chili can only be prepared and served in licesed establishments. We don’t necessarily need extra non-restaurants to participate, because some of the restaurants may provide 2 different chili recipes like vegetarian chili, con queso, etc. I’m pretty sure that Cheeky Monkey is not interested, and that customers would probably shy away from “Monkey Chili.” Dennis claims that he makes the best Pasta chili in the history of music store owners.

  3. mark
    Posted January 7, 2007 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    So, would it not be appreciated if I stood out front of the Cheeky Monkey ladling out steaming bowls of Annette Funichili?

    (FYI: for those of you not in Ypsi… the Cheeky Monkey sells very expensive Annette Funicello brand bears.)

  4. ol' e cross
    Posted January 7, 2007 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

    As the 27th is the day before my birthday, and as I can think of no better way to announce my birthday privaledge to my loved-ones than with unabashashedly wretched uncontrollable gas, I will be sampling as many chilis as possible, then going home to wash them down with a can black-eyed-peas, generous helping egg salad and two-liter of faygo (for volume). In short, I’m in.

  5. muppster
    Posted January 8, 2007 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    you mean the ypsi co-op, not the people’s food co-op, right?

  6. mark
    Posted January 8, 2007 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    I cut and pasted that list of participants from Shannon’s email announcement, Muppster. I’m not positive, but I’m 99% sure it would be the Ypsi Co-op that he’s talking about.

  7. old man gordon
    Posted January 8, 2007 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    Do you think you can use some of your star power to get Iggy to come and be one of our celebrity judges? He could promote the release of the Stooges’ new album “The Wierdness”. If he’s not interested, maybe we could invite someone from the city council.

    People’s Food Co-op was my mistake, of course it should be the Ypsi Co-op. I had been in Kerrytown that day and was a little confused.

  8. t.d. glass
    Posted January 8, 2007 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    “The secret is the smeet.”

  9. Kate
    Posted January 9, 2007 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    I think I’m going to eat chili, then stay far, far away from E. Cross St. the next day. Far, FAR away!

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