Delicious democracy in action!
The Brooklyn Chili TakedownThe Bell House (149 7th Street, Brooklyn, New York, NY) Map it $15
Matt Timms' infamous chili takedowns are a great example of delicious democracy in action. Made for and by the people, some 30-odd citizen cooks dish out their delicious spicy stews for attendees to sample and vote on. In past years, the divine concoctions have sported such inspiring names as El Conquistador, Monte's Sexy Panty-removing Fertility Chili and Melissa's Atomic Korea Chili Bath. A few celebrity judges also weigh in on the festivities, but the big prize is voted on by regular folks like you and me. And since chili goes down better with a bit of beverage encouragement, Larceny Bourbon is supplying an hour of open bar. A no-rules, no-frills assembly of the savory order, a portion of the Takedown's proceeds go to the Women's Education Project.