Harvard Square Chili Cook-Off

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This past Saturday, from 1 to 3 p.m., Harvard Square played host to the 3rd annual “Some Like it Hot Chili Cook-Off.”

I was on The Boston Phoenix’s website looking for events to attend this weekend, when this one caught my eye. After already having written about corn bread and chili, I felt it was my obligation to attend this event and see the pairing being done in real time.

Though nine restaurants entered the event, hosted by the Harvard Square Business Association, only eight were able to attend, with Tommy Doyle’s being absent. Most attendees didn’t seem to mind, however, as they were too busy tasting the chili that was there.  For a full list of participants, visit the event’s webpage.

Besides chili, there was a live drum performance and a henna tattoo station. Thankfully, the worst of the weather seemed to hold off until after the event finished, but I did feel some cold rain from time to time. But, as HSBA executive director Denise Jillson said, rain and snow is “perfect chili weather.”

I was unable to stay for the entire competition, but learned later that Redline emerged victorious!

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