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Plans set for CCEFS's Chili Hubbub fundraiser

Musicians lined up? Check. Balloon artist secured? Check. Ten area restauranteurs ready to make ten outstanding batches of chili? Check.

Organizers of the new Chili Hubbub fundraiser for Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf are crossing things off their to-do lists this week. Now all that's left to do is get families around the Woodbury community ready to try lots of chili, listen to good music and have a little fun at the March 13 event.

The Chili Hubbub offers families a chance to spend some time together and help raise money for the community's food shelf. And since it's geared toward families, the event will feature all kinds of fun activities for kids and adults.

And did we mention, ten batches of really good chili, all ready for sampling? That's part of the deal, too.

The ten restauranteurs represent a variety of area food establishments, from ones that are cater to the fast food clientele to the fine dining aficionado. Some of the restaurants don't typically serve chili, either, but the chefs behind those menus are up to the challenge.

What a challenge, it will be. For a cost of $10 per each adult, visitors can test a 2-ounce sampling of each of the chilis. The participants vote on which is the favorite, and the winner will be announced at the end of the event.

In addition to sampling 20 ounces of chili—which is a lot of chili—participants can hang out and enjoy free music, or they can take part in some of the games offered during the day. For instance, if someone is particularly good at throwing bikes, he or she can participate in the bike throwing contest for adults. There's also a super-sized bean bag toss game for the big kids, as well as a few others.

But the Chili Hubbub is a family event, which means there will be lots of fun things for kids to do, as well. Sure, a balloon artist will be there to make animals and goofy hats. And of course, there will be fun things for kids, like temporary tattoos and the opportunity to color their own chef hats. Several kids games are planned, as well.

In addition, beverages—including root beer and lemonade—will be provided by event sponsor Lift Bridge Brewing Company, out of Stillwater.

All of the activity will be happening under large, heated tents, so visitors can come and stay as long as they want, and be comfortable while they're at the Chili Hubbub, Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf Director Greig Metzger said.

"It's really kind of coming together in a lot of ways," Metzger said of the event. "It is, we hope, a family-style event for families in our community support other families in our community through the food shelf."

The Chili Hubbub is being held in March for a reason. See, March is Minnesota FoodShare Month. What that means for Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf is that all of the funds raised during the event will be matched, on a pro-rata basis, by Minnesota FoodShare.

Anyone who wants to see which chefs are participating in the chili contest—and learn a little about the style of chili each is making—can check out the chef videos that have been posted on the CCEFS page on Facebook, under the name, Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf.

"That will be kind of fun," Metzger said. "They tell about their approach to chili. Everyone is kind of doing a different take on it. Not all are going to be hamburger and beans and chili powder."

Chili Hubbub will be held from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, March 13, at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Oakdale. While adults can sample the chili for $10 each, kids (age 11 and younger) can sample for free. For more information, check out the CCEFS Facebook page.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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