Is your mouth still watering from all the chili at this year’s Stars, Stripes, and Chow Chili Cook-Off, presented by M&T Bank? I know ours are! On November 5, we held our 8th spectacular chili cook-off with amazing new recipes, exciting raffles prizes, a petting zoo, and the highest attendance ever. The Oriole Bird even made an appearance to support The Station!
As soon as the gates opened, the competition was on! This year we had the most teams competing ever at nine, each fighting to be on top with their own special recipe of our favorite winter comfort food. We had first-time groups like the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) and Mount Hebron High School taking on returning competitors like Praxis and MartinFederal. Each team spent months planning the best theme, experimenting with unique chili flavors, and building a strong team of friendly chili servers. Our five judges, representing each branch of the military and guest judge Justin Chambers from media sponsor Fox45, had a tough decision ahead of them; but when put in the hot seat, Mount Hebron High School (pictured above) smoked the competition, taking home Judge’s Choice. Our returning crowd favorite team Maryland Multi-Housing Association (MMHA) took the People's Choice prize once again for the second year in a row with their Godfather inspired chili, “The Good Chili”. Best theme, was awarded to Fuchs North America, for their Harry Potter theme.
This year’s weather provided a beautiful day to not only eat some great chili but also to enjoy music from Soundcheck Rock Academy. Musicians of all ages came out to give the show of a lifetime. However, if flavorful chili and great music weren’t enough, we had pit turkey, ham, and beef sandwiches donated by the Knights of Columbus, pizza from Baltimore’s Best Pizza - Pizza di Joey, and beverages provided by City Limits. There were family-friendly activities galore with our Kids Zone, petting zoo, balloon artist, caricaturists and cupcake decorating. There was something for everyone to enjoy at Stars, Stripes, and Chow.
A huge thank you to all our teams, volunteers, presenting sponsor M&T Bank and other sponsors, performers, and guests who spent their Saturday afternoon with us to support the men we proudly serve. Because of everyone’s generosity, we were able to raise over $77,000 which will go directly back to bettering the lives of the veterans at The Baltimore Station. Check out the photos here!
Mark your calendars for the 9th annual Stars, Stripes and Chow Chili Cook-Off which will take place on Saturday, November 4th, 2023 at Camden Yards. We hope you’re able to join us! If you’re interested in sponsoring a team next year, be sure to contact Alexandra Protos at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible as we expect slots to sell out.