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B’nai Sholom’s “Chilipalooza” Cook-Off Heats Up Cold February Night

Calling all cooks! Think you make the Jewish community’s best chili?

Then here’s your chance to prove it in a no-holds-barred cook-off at B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation’s third annual “Chilipalooza.”

                “Chilipalooza” will be held Saturday, February 2, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at B’nai Sholom, 420 Whitehall Road, Albany. The event is open to the public. Admission is $10 per person with a maximum of $25 per family. Contest entrants receive a $5 discount.

                Chili buffs are encouraged to enter their favorite recipes. The audience will sample each and vote for the best palate-pleasers. Winners will be determined after two rounds of tasting. Top three vote-getters will be awarded trophies. Everyone will get to enjoy a delicious chili dinner afterward.

                To enter the cook-off, contestants must sign up in advance by e-mail to and include their name, contact information and whether their chili style is meat or vegetarian (no pork or shellfish allowed, please).   All entrants should plan to bring their chili pre-heated in crockpots set on “low.” There is no additional entry fee. Space is limited, so entrants should reserve their spots now. Deadline to register is Friday, January 25.

                For more information about the February 2 Chilipalooza, visit or contact the B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation office at 518-482-5283 or


Founded in 1971, B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany is a home for contemporary Reform Judaism in the Capital Region. Nearly 160 diverse households from six counties seek religious, educational and social fulfillment at B’nai Sholom.

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