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18 Reasons: Chili Cook Off

January 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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A hands-on cooking class culminating in family-style dinner served with wine and beer.

If you love chili and want an excuse to eat a bunch of them while only doing the work for one, it’s time to get your chili cook-off on! Leena has hosted chili cook-offs on two different continents over the past decade, and has researched the history of chili in the U.S. At this class/mini cook-off, you’ll learn the basic rules of chili making and different styles. Then we’ll break into groups and make three different chilis. While they’re simmering down to spicy perfection, we’ll talk cook-off logistics (Should you have different categories? How should tasting go down? What about voting or prizes?) and prep a topping bar. We’ll finish the class by tasting, voting on our favorite chili, and chatting about creative ways to use leftovers or send them home with guests.


Leena and Dilip’s Chili: My brother’s chili powder recipe and my favorite classic, tomato-based chili made with ground beef, ground pork, beer and black beans

Leena’s Mexican Veg Chili: featuring soyrizo, chipotle peppers and adobo, and corn

Lynsi’s Thai green curry chili: including Thai green curry paste, chicken thighs, mung beans and coconut milk

Toppings bar and tortilla chips

Leena Trivedi-Grenier is a food and culture writer based in the San Francisco Bay area. She’s passionate about elevating minority voices in her work, especially women, people of color and immigrants. She geeks out over food history and foodways, and is constantly inspired by her family’s Indian cuisine and heritage (her father is from Gujarat). Beyond writing, she has worked as a professional chef, cooking teacher, public speaker and food tour guide. Her bylines include The San Francisco Chronicle (check out her monthly column on Bay area immigrant cuisine, A Million Plates), Vice’s Munchies, The Washington Post, Eater, NPR’s The Salt, Food52, and many more. She grew up in and around Chicago, so she has a healthy fear of snow and ketchup on a hot dog. She loves learning, and has a B.A. in speech communication with a minor in creative writing from Bradley University, an A.A.S. in culinary arts from Joliet Junior College, and an M.A. in gastronomy from The University of Adelaide/ Le Cordon Bleu. Pronouns: she/her (cis). Find her online: leenaeats.com Instagram: @leenaeats Twitter: @Leena_Eats


January 22
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm


18 Reasons
3674 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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(415) 568-2710