16th Annual WMSE Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser

Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser is a chili competition that pit over 50 Milwaukee restaurants, cafes and caterers against one another to determine the city’s best chili as voted on by event attendees. Awards are given to winners in five different categories: best meat, best vegetarian, most unique chili, best heat, and best vendor display/presentation.

The 16th Annual WMSE Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser Winners:

Best Meat: Kettle Range Meat Company (Runner-up: The Wicked Hop, Puddler’s Hall)

Best Veggie: Beans & Barley (Runner-up: Hi Hat Garage, Riverwest Co-Op)

Most Unique: DanDan (Runner-up: Hue, The Soup House)

Best Display: Brewed Cafe (Runner-up: Vanguard, McBob’s Pub & Grill)

Best Heat: Lakefront Brewery (Runner-up: Cafe Corazon, Good Harvest)

Milwaukee Fire Department: Station 8

Once again there were chili pepper races in the mold of Miller Park sausage races, AWE’s children’s area and music.

Advance tickets are $12 and include 4 chili samples. Additional Chili sampling tickets can be purchased at the event for $1 each. Bring two or more non-perishable food items and donated them to the Hunger Task Force and you’ll receive two additional sample tickets.

Check out the video from 2017’s Rockabilly Chili to see all the fun that was had!

The races will take place on the second level field house track at Noon and 2pm, with the final heat closing out the event at 4pm.

Since 2013 Artists Working in Education (AWE) has provided children’s arts and crafts, where their warm family-friendly artists, staff and volunteers will be heating things up with art-making activities for rockabilly boys and girls of all ages.

Tickets are also available at the WMSE studios at 820 N. Milwaukee Street M-F, 9am-6pm. Children 10 and under enter free.

Paid parking is available across the street from Kern Center in the 780-car parking complex below Viets Field.

The full list of competitors will be announced Monday, January 26.

Rockabilly Chili’s is presented by:

Milwaukee Brewing Co., who will be serving their craft brews to attendees
von Briesen & Roper, s.c.

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Additional sponsorship comes from: Castella Spices, Whole Foods Market, On Milwaukee, Artists Working in Education, Sassy Cow, Hunger Task Force, Milwaukee Fire Department, Clark Graphics, and Shepherd Express

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Confirmed Restaurants – 

The Bay
Sprecher’s Restaurant and Pub
Lakefront Brewery
MOTOR Bar & Restaurant
FUEL CAFE Center Street
The Old German Beer Hall
Beans and Barley
Riverwest Co-op Cafe
Colectivo Coffee
Good Harvest Market
Cafe Centraal
Brewed Cafe
Outpost Natural Foods
Balzac Wine Bar
McBobs Pub and Grill
Nessun Dorma
Puddler’s Hall
Fuel Cafe 5th Street
Hi Hat/ Hi Hat Garage
Comet cafe
Pizza Man
The Soup House
Transfer Pizzeria Cafe
Kettle Range Meat Company
Hector’s A Mexican Restaurant
Cafe Corazon
Hue Vietnamese Restaurant
Dandan Restaurant
Company Brewing
The Farmer’s Wife LLC
The Riverwest Filling Station
Rumpus Room
Cream City Catering
Milwaukee Ale House
The wicked hop
Black Shoe Hospitality
Taco Moto
Stubby’s Gastrogrub & Beer Bar
Hooligans Super Bar
Von Trier