Chili cooks wanted for Lansing Autumn Fest

Ok, foodie friends, I know there are some of you out there who make some great chili. The Lansing Autumn Fest committee wants you!!!! This Sunday, during the 2nd Annual Lansing Autumn Fest is a chili cook-off starting at 2 p.m. Contestants are asked to supply a minimum of 2 gallons of their chili to compete for cash prizes. Top winner gets $100, a trophy and entry into the Chilly Willie Chili Cook-Off coming up in Orland Park.

For more information on the contest and for an application, go to

I was fortunate to be a judge last year for the contest. Read about my experience here: This year, I've joined the board of the Lansing Association for Community Events, which organizes the fest and we have some celebrity judges lined up for the competition, including Times' food writer, Phil Potempa, television producer Megan Baher and 33rd District State Representative Marcus Evans, 34th District State Representative Elgie Sims and Cook County Commissioner Stanley Moore.