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Restaurant Week and Chili Cook-Off (21st-28th)


Kick off the New Year right with the Annual Downtown Kalamazoo Winter Restaurant Week and Chili Cook-Off!  Downtown Kalamazoo Restaurant Week is a FREE, culinary celebration highlighting the uniqueness of the many downtown restaurants.

January 21st through the 28th, select restaurants will feature special “prix fixe” menus at either $10 or $25, which allows for more innovative parings, affordable food options and the affordability to visit multiple spots during the entire week.  The perfect time to be adventurous and try something new or stick with your favorites! View the Restaurant Week menus here.

Restaurant week will kick off, January 21st with the 11th Annual Downtown Kalamazoo Chili Cook-Off.  Downtown Kalamazoo has kept visitors warm in January with their Saturday, Chili Cook-off for the past 10 years, by offering over 40 different samplings and unique chili recipes prepared by our downtown retail stores, restaurants and food trucks.

Once downtown, stop by the Chili Headquarters at Consumers Credit Union, on the Kalamazoo Mall to pick up your “Chili Passport!” The Holly Jolly Chili Trolley will be making the rounds, transporting chili tasters all over downtown so you don’t miss a single stop!

When you’ve had your fill, help select this year’s winner and vote for your favorite chili! Voting ends at 2 p.m.  Official voting spots are conveniently located throughout downtown or text-to-vote with instructions listed on your Chili Passport.  Winners are selected for first place in the categories of Best Retail, Best Restaurant, and People’s Choice.  Oh, and did we forget to mention that this event is FREE!

2017 Chili Cook-Off Participants:

Arcadia Brewing
Bell’s Brewery
Berkshire Hathaway
Boatyard Brewing
Chau Haus
Central City Tap House
Down Dog Yoga Center/Organic Gypsy
Food Dance
fuze
Green Door Distilling
Harvey’s on the Mall
Hop Cat
Kalamazoo State Theater
Kalamazoo Beer Exchange
Louie’s
Mangia Mangia
mLive
MRC Industries
Nature Connection
Old Burdicks
Old Dog Tavern
Olde Peninsula
Ouzo’s
Peoples Food Co-op
Pop City Popcorn/ Bomba’s
Spirit of Kalamazoo
The Station
Sticks and Stones
Taco Bobs
Tempo Vino Winery
Tibbs Brewery/ Gonzo’s
Tudor House Tea & Spice
The Union
V&A Bootery
Water Street Coffee Joint
Websters
The Wine Loft
Zazios

Visit Downtown Kalamazoo Restaurant Week’s website and Facebook page for updates.