Restaurant Scene: Sweet pies, game day specials and fall chili

2013-09-20T00:00:00Z 2013-10-03T11:37:05Z Restaurant Scene: Sweet pies, game day specials and fall chiliEloise Marie Valadez, (219) 933-3365

Have a good pie recipe? The Downtown Hammond Council will have its Bizarre Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and once again the community is encouraged to enter the annual pie competition at the event.

Bizarre Bazaar will be held at Harrison Park, at Hohman Avenue and Waltham Street, in Hammond. In addition to the pie competition, there will be live entertainment, food, arts and crafts, kids games and art activities, pony rides, bean bag tournament and more.

Entry fee for the pie baking contest is $5 per pie (with a limit of two pies) if you register in advance or $10 per pie (limit two pies) if you register on the day of the event. Pie registration begins at 10 a.m. with judging from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Winners will be announced at 12:45 p.m. For more information, visit

Chefs to Meet

ACF Chefs of NWI will have their monthly meeting Sept. 23 at Svagati, 1082 Joliet in Dyer. Chef host will be Tony Sanfillipo of Svagati. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m.

Cost for ACF members is $10; ACF students pay $5. Admission for guests is $15. RSVP to chef Tony at (219) 322-7305.

NFL-Themed Festivities and Game Day Menu

T.J. Maloney's Authentic Irish Pub at Radisson Star Plaza, 800 E. 81st Ave., Merrillville, presents its "NFL Ticket" allowing patrons to watch every minute of every NFL game on all game days on either its 102" screen or in front of nine flat-screen TVs.

Game Day food specials and Craft Beer specials are also featured. Among menu items are Sweetness Fries, which are sweet potato fries with curried ketchup; Pig Skins, which are fried pork rinds tossed with dried cheddar cheese, malt vinegar and jalapeno and The Ultimate Play, featuring loaded potato wedges, boneless chicken wings, BBQ pork sliders, Guiness onion rings and Kettle chips. FYI: Visit and click on Special Events or call (219) 755-0569.

Fall Festival and Chili Cook-Off

The village of Homewood will present its 12th annual Fall Fest and Chili Cook-Off from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. The event will be held on Martin Avenue from Hickory Road to Ridge Road in Homewood, Ill.

The Chili Cook-Off, hosted by the Community Relations Commission, begins at 2 p.m.  A tasting, which is open to the public, will be at 3 p.m. Proceeds from the cook-off will benefit South Suburban Humane Society. FYI: Visit for rules and an entry form. Registration is required.

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