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Take The Chili Challenge At Darien Nature Center

The Darien Nature Center is to hold its fourth annual Chili Challenge on Sept. 17.
The Darien Nature Center is to hold its fourth annual Chili Challenge on Sept. 17. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

DARIEN, Conn. – The summer may be winding to a close, but the Darien Nature Center is preparing to heat things up during the fourth annual Chili Challenge.

The event, scheduled for 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, is to feature a chili tasting and competition with entries from 10 local restaurants and the town’s three firehouses.

The event, to be held at the Nature Center at 120 Brookside Road, also will feature live music from the Truck Stop Troubadours; beer, wine and margaritas; a silent auction; and a mechanical bull, according to organizers, who noted that vegetarian options will be available as well from the Darien Cheese Shop and the El Placerito Taco Truck.

The local businesses expected to participate in the nonprofit Nature Center's competition include:

  • Abello’s Deli
  • Bodega Taco Bar
  • Darien Diner
  • Darien Social
  • Fjord Fish Market
  • Jimmy’s Southside Tavern
  • Michael Joseph’s Catering
  • Rory’s Restaurant
  • Ten Twenty Post
  • Whole Foods

The entries will be judged by Amanda Smith of Amanda Smith Caterers, Megan Ruppenstein of Four Forks, Rob Williamson of Uncle’s Deli and First Selectman Jayme Stevenson.

Tickets to the event cost $135 in advance and include all-you-can-eat chili and beer, wine, margaritas and additional food.

Tickets can be purchased on the Darien Nature Center's website or by calling 203-655-7459.

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