Downtown bistro cooks up winning chili

Downtown Vernon was abuzz with excitement last Friday with residents rushing from restaurant to restaurant, trying each special recipe of chili and voting on their favorite.

The Bean There Bistro Banditos took home both the awards during the second annual DVA/KissFM Chili Cook Off in downtown Vernon.

The Bean There Bistro Banditos took home both the awards during the second annual DVA/KissFM Chili Cook Off in downtown Vernon.

Downtown Vernon was abuzz with excitement last Friday with residents rushing from restaurant to restaurant, trying each special recipe of chili and voting on their favorite.

The second annual DVA/Kiss FM Chili Cook Off took place between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.

“It’s so much fun to watch the people racing, with their chili passport and spoon in hand, to each restaurant to ensure they got their vote in by the deadline,” said Holly Schmidt, events and marketing co-ordinator with the Downtown Vernon Association.

Bean There Bistro, KT’s Heritage Restaurant, Monashee’s Bar & Grill, Thirty Two O Eight, 34th Street Coffee House and Kal Sports Bar each got in to the spirit of the Vernon Winter Carnival event.

More than 140 chili passports were sold and seven different chili sampled.

The votes in the end were very close, with Bean There Bistro taking home both awards.

“They won over the majority of chili passport holders’ stomachs and were awarded the People’s Choice best chili award, while also putting a smile on each passport holder’s face and getting them in the chili spirit to win the Chili Spirit award,” said Schmidt.

All proceeds from the $2 cost of the chili passport will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross for Haiti earthquake relief.