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Chili Cook-Off Victors!

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It’s two days later, and we’re still coming down from the high of winning the Lone Star Vegetarian Chili Cook-Off, or maybe it’s the pre-chili cook-off breakfast of coffee and multiple donuts that is finally wearing off – either way, we’re super excited to tell you that WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS! The Red Hot Vegans rockin’ chili team was so lucky to have our awesome team leader Cassandra led us to not one, but two victories!

We are the champions!

Trophy number one is for our stellar booth design. We eked out a win over Vegeria, with our board full of totally legit praise for our awesome chili. (We had Mother Teresa and Roger Ebert in our corner – how could we lose?) The second glorious trophy is for the best traditional style chili, which was chosen in a blind tasting by some really rad judges.

Cassandra and Dan dancing their way to victory!We knew our chili was pretty darn great, but we were honestly surprised that we won an award we didn’t have to bribe people for. We thought we were much more likely to win the people’s choice, as we were sneaking people free beer, and winning over the crowd with our awesome dance moves. Clearly the Austin Food Blogger Alliance (which we happen to be members of), had better bribe tactics, as they swept up the people’s choice award and the best all-veg chili award. In summary, bloggers are the best chili makers. That’s a fact.

For more pictures of our not-so-humble conquest, check out our chili cook-off gallery.

The 24th Annual Lone Star Vegetarian Chili Cook-Off

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Nothing says “Texas fall” quite like a big bowl of warm chili. As the calendar stretches into its later months, as the days grow darker and the mercury (eventually) drops to a brisk temperature, the body begins to crave that familiar, hearty comfort food. Of course, most chili contains ingredients that any vegan wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole, but thankfully, that’s not a problem here in Austin. We know how to do it right: vegan-style!

The Lone Star Veggie Chili Cook-Off is an all-vegan statewide event that has made “keeping chili weird” a decades-long tradition, bringing teams from all over Texas to compete since 1989. After migrating around the state for much of its run, it settled in the Austin area in 2004, and has been here ever since. In fact, this year marks the return to its original site at the Burnet Road Farmers Market, after spending the last couple of years in Round Rock. We’re psyched to have it back in town!

This year’s event will keep the tradition going strong. If this is your first time, the event’s website explains how it works:

“People will move from team to team, tasting and judging the chilis for themselves to determine the People’s Choice award of $200, while a group of judges, many of them Austin and Texas celebrities and personalities, judge the four winners of Best Chili in two divisions. The “All Veg” division will be for chilis made with only vegetables, while the “Traditional” division will be for chilis that contain a meat analog or substitute like seitan or tempeh. Second place in each division gets $150, and first prize in each division gets $250!”

A full 23 teams are set to participate this year. In an exciting addition to this year’s cook-off, one team from each category will also compete in a high-speed “Iron Chef”-like competition. Outside of the contest, vendors will offer other tasty treats to supplement the chili. Non-profits will also be there to raise awareness for various veg-related causes, and entertainment will be provided by Texas roots-rock group Tombstone Bullies.

Of particular note, this year will mark the debut of Red Hot Vegans as one of the competing chili teams! So you should come out for no other reason than to see us mowing down all the competition on our way to certain victory.

Last, but definitely not least, we would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to Stevie and Brendan for putting together the event this year. It really seems to be coming together and it wouldn’t have happened without you two. Thanks, guys!

The event will be happening tomorrow from 12-4pm. For more details, including purchasing tickets online, head over to the event’s website. Hope to see you there!

Vegan Week in Review

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Food Not Bombs Benefit Show– This weekend, Austin puts the fun in fundraising! Head on over to the 29th Street Ballroom at Spider House tonight at 10pm for a Food Not Bombs Costume Benefit Show. For a small suggested donation at the door, you get a night full of great entertainment, and all the proceeds go towards cooking vegan meals for those in need. Tomorrow from 6pm to 9pm, get your shopping on at Treasure City Thrift, an awesome all volunteer run and collectively organized thrift shop. 100% of the proceeds will go to benefit local animal advocacy group Action for Animals.  On Sunday, if you’re not heading up to Dallas for the Texas State Veggie Fair, be sure to check out the Vegan Bake Sale at Counter Culture, benefiting SARA Animal Sanctuary. Great music, shopping and eating baked goods to raise money for awesome causes – I’m sold!

– Fall is in the air, and it’s time to start dusting off those winter recipes. If you’re up to the challenge, break out your favorite chili recipe, and be sure to sign up for the 24th Annual Lone Star Vegetarian Chili Cook-Off, just a few weeks away on Sunday, November 11th. Texans take their chili seriously, so the competition is fierce, but so is the fun. Whether you attend as a competitor, or as a chili taster, you’re sure to have a great time.

Sandwiches, Salad, Soup and Tea from The Steeping Room– The vegan scene up north just keeps getting better and better. The Steeping Room on North Lamar is finally open! Scones, soup, sandwiches and more! All the things you love about The Steeping Room, at a great new location. Perfection improved! For Eastside Pies fans, there are not one, but two new north locations – one on Airport and 53rd, and the other on W Anderson. Now, if only they had a vegan cheeze option…. email campaign anyone?

Vegan MoFo is heading into its fourth week, and the blogging is still going strong. Austin has a large contingent of bloggers participating this year, with great content coming from: Joanna VaughtLazy Smurf’s Guide to Life, Lizz DeliciousLone Star Plate, Muy VeganMy Healthy Chef, Ready Set Green DietThe Traveling Austin Vegan and Vegan Explosion. So much great food, so little time. I hope everybody gets a chance to check out all of these great bloggers!