NJ Homebrewing Event for Charity next Saturday!!

Hoboken Volunteers prepare for third-annual Chili Cook-Off and Homebrewing Contest


Hoboken chili cook-off benefits paralyzed Rutgers football player

Carlo’s City Hall Bakery – the pastry shop featured on the TLC hit show “Cake Boss” – baked a cake for a chili cook-off at The Shannon in Hoboken benefiting Eric LeGrand, a former Rutgers football player who was paralyzed during a game in October 2010.

Hoboken Volunteers are busy preparing for the organization’s third annual chili cook-off and home-brewing contest, which takes place next Saturday.

The cook-off is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Hoboken, located at 1005 Washington St.

This year’s event has expanded to include 26 chili contestants, which is more than double the amount who participated last year, according to Erin Muller, Community Liaison and member of the board of Hoboken Volunteers.

Another new item this year is the addition of a home-brewing contest, where between 15 and 20 contestants will submit their home-brewed beer to be judged for a first place, second place, and a fan favorite.

Tickets to the cook-off are $25 per person and include chili and beer samplings. Upon entry to the event, each person will receive three fan favorite beer tickets and three fan favorite chili tickets to submit for judging.

Money raised at the event will support the organization HOPES CAP Inc. and its adult services program, which helps clients find employment, become self-sufficient, and further their education.

Prizes will be awarded for best judged and fan favorite for both chili and home-brewer competitions.

Each year, Hoboken Volunteers picks a different charity for money raised at the event to go towards.

Last year’s competition involved roughly 200 people and raised more than $4,000 for former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand, who suffered a severe spinal injury during a game.


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