The Great Boston Chili Bowl

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This weekend, Selma and I purchased a Gilt City voucher for The Great Boston Chili Bowl! This was the perfect way to warm up considering how cold it’s been here in Boston. The event supported ALS research and was comprised of unlimited chili AND beer tastings from local restaurants and breweries. This was a great opportunity to try a bunch of different kinds of chili and beers while helping out a good cause. At the end, you voted on the best chili and they get some sort of award (I think). All you have to do is show up and eat/drink your face off.

Here is the list of some of the restaurants and breweries in attendance:

Amelia’s Trattoria, Cambridge, MA

Catalyst Restaurant, Cambridge, MA

Clover Food Lab Kendall, Cambridge, MA (Vegetarian)

Commonwealth Cambridge, Cambridge, MA

Flat Top Johnny’s, Cambridge, MA

Lolita Cocina and Tequila Bar, Boston, MA

Puritan & Company, Cambridge, MA

Tavern Road, Boston, MA

Tavolo Ristorante and Ashmont Grill, Dorchester, MA

The Gallows, Boston, MA

Veggie Galaxy, Cambridge, MA (Vegetarian)

Baxter Brewing Company, Lewiston, ME

Blue Hills Brewery, Canton, MA

Downeast Cider House, Boston, MA (Cider, Gluten-Free)

Down the Road Brewery, Newton, MA

Foolproof Brewing Company, Pawtucket, RI

John Harvard’s Brewery and Ale House, Cambridge, MA

Peak Organic Brewing Company, Portland, ME

Portico Brewing Company, Boston, MA

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When we arrived, they had a bunch of these little tasting glasses with sporks for you to use for the tastings. I haven’t seen a spork since my Boston Market kids meal days so this was a pleasant treat.

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The event was held inside a gorgeous building in Technology Square. We got here really early so we just walked around until the booths were ready for us.

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Within a matter of minutes, people started showing up and this place got packed.

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We went from end to end trying every booth at least once and sometimes way more than once.

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This particular one was from Catalyst Restaurant in Cambridge and was one of our favorites. It was the perfect combination of meat and spices and the lime yogurt on top really complemented the chili. Selma ended up voting for them.

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We also stopped by Lolita Cocina and Tequila Bar’s booth a few times. And by few I mean 4-5 times. They happened to be giving out roses to the ladies. Definitely going for style points here.

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However, their chili was also spectacular. They even added a small square of corn bread on top which definitely set them apart in my book. I ended up going back multiple times and voting for them in the end.

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Here is Selma with her free rose.

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There were also a bunch of local breweries in attendance. Our favorite was of course Downeast Cider. We practically camped out in front of this booth. If you are a fan of cider, you definitely have to check them out. They honestly have the best cider I’ve ever tasted.

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There were also some restaurants adding Fritos to their chili. This one in particular actually used a whole Fritos bag as their serving bowl. Awesome.

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Selma has never had a Frito Pie before in her life so this was a pleasant first for her.

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We definitely had our fill of beer and chili. The lines weren’t long at all and everything moved pretty quickly. All of the booths were great and we had a wide variety of amazing chili and beer. We will definitely be coming back next year!

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Even though I was stuffed, I had to take some chili to go with me. I know…I’m a savage. 2014-03-08 14.27.20

Thanks for reading!

 

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