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The Depot Town Chili Challenge will return for its fourth year Sunday to help raise money for needy families in the county.
Beginning at 3 p.m., participants will vote on which business whips up the most tasty chili. The challenge starts at Café Luwak and a map will take patrons to the other locations, finishing at the Corner Brewery
All of the proceeds from the event will be donated to SOS Community Services, a local non-profit organization that provides critical services to homeless families and children throughout Washtenaw County
Cafe Luwak, Queen of Hearts Bakery, Sidetrack, Aubrees, Ypsilanti Food Co-op, Ugly Mug and the Corner Brewery will be serving two types of chili each, according to Chelsea Clark, SOS Community Relations Coordinator.
“This event is a true testament to the local business owner’s generosity,” Clark said.
Clark said for $5 the participants get a map, pencil, voting cards and a tasting card. The event runs until 6 p.m., when the votes will then be tallied and a winning chili from one the entrants will be crowned.
Last year the event raised more than $1,000 for the charity. This was $300 more than the previous year’s amount. Clark said even a tough economic climate, Ypsilanti residents have remained generous.
“We have been able to out-do ourselves even when the economy is bad,” she said. “Last year’s record amount shows how committed the community is to helping.”
Last year, Sidetrack’s cheeseburger chili was declared the winner. Clark said she and other representatives from SOS will be on hand to see who claims the top honor this year.