Chili competitions are commonplace, especially in our historically chilly (as opposed to chili) climate. Chili competitions with a beer component? Not so much.
That's what makes the Northeastern Kidney Foundation’s 8th annual "Chili Challenge," set for 1 to 7 p.m. this Saturday in Saratoga Springs, a bit different.
In addition to restaurants from around the Capitol Region putting their chili recipes up for judging, for the first time there is an adult beverage component -- beers and ciders from Saratoga Brewing, Druthers of Saratoga, Adirondack Brewery, and 1911 Cider.
The food will come from, among others, Carol's Place of Troy; Salty's Pub & Bistro of Clifton Park; Mikey G's Taste of South Philly from Ballston Spa; and the Saratoga Springs lineup of Harvey's Restaurant and Bar, Excelsior Springs at the Marriott, West Side Sports Bar & Grill, Park Side Eatery, Peabody's Sports Bar and Grill, and The Local Pub and Teahouse.
The event will be divided into two tasting times -- 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m., with VIP admission an hour earlier for both. Tickets, available online, are $35 for VIP, $25 for chili and beer, $15 for chili only, and $ for kids 6-12 (under 6 free).
The venue, the Excelsior Springs Conference Center, is located at 47 Excelsior Avenue.