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B’nai Sholom Turns Up the Heat with “Chilipalooza”

                Here comes every cook’s chance to be the best chef at a Jewish-style chili cook-off contest.  It’s the sixth Chilipalooza at B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation.

               The spicy deliciousness takes place Saturday, Feb. 2, 6-9 p.m. at the synagogue, 420 Whitehall Road, Albany, New York.

               Chilipalooza is open to the public.  Admission is $8 per person with a maximum of $20 per family.  Contest entrants receive a $4 discount.  Cornbread, fixings and beverages will be provided, making this the perfect antidote to a cold February evening.

               Chili buffs are encouraged to enter their favorite kosher-style recipes in one of two categories: meat (no pork or shellfish allowed, please), and vegetarian.  The audience will sample each and vote for the best palate-pleasers.  Winners will be determined after two rounds of tasting.  Top vote-getters will receive awards.  Everyone gets to enjoy a delicious, informal culinary experience with an array of chili styles and tastes.

                To enter the cook-off, contestants should plan to arrive at the synagogue by 5:30 p.m. with their chili pre-heated in crockpots set on “low” and a ladle.

                If you plan to bring chili, or for more information, contact the B’nai Sholom office: 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 130 diverse households from eight counties seek religious, educational and social fulfillment at B’nai Sholom.  For information about B’nai Sholom and the benefits of belonging, visit  or contact the B’nai Sholom office at 518-482-5283 or



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