Before the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos battle it out on the gridiron, a handful of Lehigh Valley restaurants will go head-to-head in the kitchen.
The annual Pearly Baker's Super Bowl Chili Cook-Off returns for its 21st battle for taste bud satisfaction on Sunday, Feb. 7, at the Easton restaurant.
This year's competition will feature 17 competing restaurants, each vying for chili supremacy. Porters' Pub, Stoke, Copperhead Grille, 3rd & Ferry Fish Market, Chrissy's Steak Shop, College Hill Tavern, Ocean and defending champs, Two Rivers Brewing Company, are among the participants.
In keeping with tradition, there will be a people's choice winner and a judges' winner. The judges table will consist of Suddenly Samantha owner Stephen Flowers, Pennsylvania State Representative Robert Freeman, Easton Community Center chef Ada Chandler, Jason Decowski, Jack Lerch, Susan Roth and myself. Roth is a chef and instructor at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem Township.
Doors open at 10 a.m., with tastings starting at 11 a.m. Admission costs $5.
Sunday's event will include a raffle, with prizes ranging from "A Night Out in Easton" to Lehigh Valley Phantoms tickets and gift cards to each of the participating restaurants. Raffle tickets cost $5 and will be available at the door and online (through Feb. 6).
Proceeds from the cook-off and raffle will benefit the Easton Area Community Center.
In the above video, Pearly Baker's Alehouse Executive Chef Jon Glueck discusses this weekend's cook-off and what it takes to concoct an award-winning chili.