ST. JOSEPH, Mich. — Whether visitors like their chili mild or fiery hot, meat or chili-inspired desserts or hot beverages, they will find more than 20 ways to chase away the chill during the 5th Annual Downtown Chili Tour, presented by Zion Evangelical UCC, on Jan. 27. The event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown St. Joseph, Mich. Merchants and restaurants will offer samples of their favorite chili recipes in hopes of earning the People’s Choice Award determined by popular vote or the Chili Pepper Award determined by a panel of judges.
“There is a suggested donation of $2 per person or $5 for a family of four or more,” said Brian Smith, interim executive director and events manager of St. Joseph Today. “A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen.”
Registrants will get a map of chili stop locations which they can turn in at the end of the night to vote for their favorite chili as well as be entered in a drawing for a $25 St. Joseph Today Gift Certificate good at more than 40 locations. The drawing will be held Jan. 28.
The following sites are this year’s chili stop locations:
Baroda Founders featuring chili by Bistro on the Boulevard
Bound for Freedom featuring chili by Zoup!
The Buck Burgers & Brew
Caffé Tosi featuring the St. Joseph High School “Fantastic Four” (of the 2016 LMC Chili
The Candlestick Maker
Chocolate Café Edgewater Gifts featuring chili by The Sandbar & Grille FuzzyButz Pet Bakery featuring chili by Greenbush Brewing Co.
HarborTown Interiors featuring chili by Plank’s
Jimmy John’s Kilwins
Lana’s Boutique featuring chili by Babe’s Lounge & Restaurant
Lazy Ballerina Winery
Olive Cart featuring Chili by Papa Vino’s
Perennial Accents
Purely Michigan featuring chili by Round Barn Public House
reVive Spa featuring chili by Cravings
Schu’s Grill & Bar
Silver Harbor Brewing
State Street Stuff featuring chili by Charlie’s Piggin’ n’ Grinnin’
Third Coast Surf Shop featuring chili by bread + bar
Wanderlust Outfitters featuring chili by Coach’s Bar & Grill
White Pine Winery featuring chili by Clementine’s
Smith added that several non-chili locations are also “must stops” that evening because of their special sales and family-friendly entertainment. Guests looking to enjoy a full weekend of fun in St. Joseph can also still purchase tickets for the 2nd Annual Winter Beer Fest. Tickets available at For updates about the Chili Tour and future events, visit, or call 269-985-1111.
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developing and promoting events and businesses in St. Joseph, Mich. and its surrounding
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