Many entered but only one will win the title of best chili.
Michaela Hinton, 3, looks with caution at a cup a chili before a first taste at the 11th annual Lupus Foundation of Northwest Indiana Chili Cook Off in Merrillville.
Clyde Brown and Tom Schuyler discuss their thoughts about the chili samples at the 11th annual Lupus Foundation of Northwest Indiana Chili Cook Off in Merriville.
Atilano Kildaras, of Lowell, in gangster garb and a winning finalist, serves up some of his venison and chorizo sausage chili for guests for a good cause.
Celebrity judge Terry Zych, the Program Chair of the Hospitality Program at Ivy Tech in Michigan City, gets ready to take a bite for chili critique.
Ethan Bowen, 2, found a chili that he thought was finger-licking good Saturday at the Northwest Indiana Chili Cook-Off and Tasting charity event.
Atilano Kildaras dips up some of his venison and chorizo sausage chili Saturday at the Northwest Indiana Chili Cook-Off and Tasting charity event in Merrillville. The annual event benefits the Lupus Foundation of America, Indiana Chapter.
Guests sample a selection of chili while raising money at the 11th Annual Lupus Foundation of Northwest Indiana Chili Cook Off March 9 in Merrillville.
Gift giving feels good, and can feel even better if you know your purchase is helping those less fortunate. Luckily, a number of home décor retailers partner with charitable organizations; many do so year round, with additional initiatives during the holiday season.
Judges Mary Beth Schultz and Ron Edwards examine a bottle of Moonshine Hot Sauce. It was the key ingredient in Larry Herzog's chili recipe. The Merrillville resident was one of 22 competing in Saturday's 10th annual Chili Cook-Off and Tasting Event at Merrillville High School.
Ken Varnes of Schererville and Heidi Harbough of Valparaiso, pictured at the 2007 5th Annual Lupus Chili Cook-Off at Merrillville High School, will return to their judging roles along with Philip Potempa, for Saturday's 9th annual charity chili event.
MERRILLVILLE | "Have chili, will cook" could be the motto of the contestants entering this year's Chili Cook-off Contest & Tasting to benefit the Lupus Foundation of America, Indiana Chapter.
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