In the Bender Kitchen: Stamford’s Chili Contest Raises Funds for the Local Food Bank



NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The 9th annual Chili Contest and Touch a Truck event in Stamford will be their biggest chili year yet.

Since the event began in 2008 it has raised more than $10,000 and collected more than 8,000 pounds of food for local food banks. This year’s event is expected to break their record once again.

The event started in 2008 when Joe Gonzales and his wife Tara Fleck went to a Chili Contest in Rhode Island and thought “we can do this.” They started in their church in Stamford CT with 8 contestants and 200 guests and the event has grown over the years significantly. Word of mouth set this charity event off like wild fire and now the 4th year at the Stamford Nature Center is expecting 1000 guests.

This year’s event will be held on Sunday, November 6 from 11AM to 3PM at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center.

Please visit their website to learn more about their mission.  And please visit our event page
to learn more about the event itself.

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