When the outside temperature is chilly, a piping hot bowl of chili may be just the perfect thing to help warm a person up. And if the weather forecast for Monday comes true, chili might be the best option.
Competitive spirits will unite to see who makes the best chili and corn bread on Monday, Dec. 29, for the Chili Feed and Corn Bread Cook-off held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Independence Inc., located at 300 3rd Ave. SW, Suite F. The event is free, but also a fundraiser for the organization and free will donations will be taken.
People attending the cook-off will be given a token to vote on their favorite chili sample. If they would like to vote more than once, extra tokens or votes can be bought as well. Funds from the cook-off will go toward programming at Independence Inc. and toward the Giving Hearts online giving day.
The Chili Feed and Corn Bread Cook-off is the first fundraiser the organization has held, according to executive director Scott Burlingame. There are eight recipes of chili entered in the cook-off so far, he said, and two people within the Independence Inc. office who are competing for the best corn bread recipe.
"The cook-off will give an opportunity for people to get out and try different kinds of chili, meet other people and learn about the organization that provides valuable services to people," said Burlingame. "We want people to come in and get an opportunity to contribute and help us as we change the world for people with disabilities."
Independence Inc. is a disability rights organization that helps people with disabilities live independently, Burlingame said. The organization will be celebrating their 20th anniversary and have some celebratory events planned for the upcoming summer. Independence Inc. serves about 400 people each year. Their services are free of charge to individuals requesting them. "We serve all ages and people with all types of disabilities," Burlingame added.