It was a full house for the recent Fishtown Neighbors Association Chili Cook-Off. Lines reached out the door for this third annual event held at Skybox Studios, an event space located on the 2400 block of E. York Street in Fishtown.
Ten local residents dished up their best chili recipes alongside offerings from several Fishtown restaurants, including Barcade, Loco Pez, Pizza Brain and Bubba’s BBQ. Spectators tasted samples from the contestants and washed it down with beer provided by Philadelphia Brewing Company.
The offerings ranged from traditional to wild, such as the “Lick it, Slam it, Suck it Tequila chili” created by Fishtown resident Aaron Boczkowski.
Another unusual chili had an interesting backstory. Leo Mulvihill, half of the Fishtown Lawyers duo, drew inspiration for his “Occupy Chili” from a recent court case. Mulvihill helped successfully defended several Occupy Philly demonstrators in a trial that ended earlier this month.
“It’s a vegan, three-bean, seitan chili,” Mulvihill said. “Last year we had an all-meat chili, with scrapple, bacon, pork belly and whatever else. We tried to flip it around and do something else.” Along with samples of the chili, Mulvihill included copies of a recent news article detailing the trial.
Judges determining the best of the various dishes included Philadelphia Daily News food and drink columnist Drew Lazor as well as Radio 104.5 host Wendy Rollins. Patrons also had the opportunity to vote for their favorite chili in the “People’s Choice” category.