Leave the cooking to us! Chili from area restaurants will be available at the 19th Annual Chili Cookoff, sponsored by Winona National Bank, on Saturday, February 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Winona Middle School. This year’s Cookoff promises to be an exciting family event with food and entertainment. All proceeds will benefit Ready Set School, which will kick-off its annual fundraising campaign with a short program at 11:50 a.m.
The Chili Cookoff will feature mild and spicy chili from area restaurants, which will be judged by a panel of celebrity judges. Judges include Jeni Arnold (Winona Community Foundation), Officer Kevin Kearney (Winona Police Department), Serica Rowley (Miss Winona), Pastor Dave Sobek (Our Saviors Moravian Church), Wayne Valentine (Winona County Commissioner), Travis Whipple (Winona State Athletics), Barb Wynn (Community Volunteer), and Tom Wynn (Peerless Chain).
The chili will also be available to the public for just $7 for all you can eat, and the public is invited to judge the chili to determine the winner of this year’s Public Tasters’ Choice Award. In addition, there will be hot dogs, chips, pop, and other food and beverages available for purchase.
Currently, 17 businesses have entered the chili competition, including: Betty Jo’s, Blooming Grounds, Bub’s, Charlie’s D&D, Culver’s, Green Mill, Ground Round, HyVee, Jefferson’s, North End Pub & Grill, Rubio’s, Signatures, Steak Shop Catering, Sugar Loaf Senior Living, Timbers, Winona Area Public Schools, and Winona Health Catering.
Ready Set School was created to ensure that all Winona County children have the basic and necessary supplies to better succeed in school. Up to 30% of children in our county may come from families that lack the financial resources to provide supplies to their kids. Ready Set School is there to help those children.
For more information, please call Winona National Bank Marketing Coordinator Jenny Baertsch at 454-9248 or Ready Set School Director Judy Richter at 494-0906.