Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 14, 2013

Chili Cook-off top honors bestowed

Apache Trout Grill gets People's Choice

From staff reports

TRAVERSE CITY — Apache Trout Grill took the People's Choice Award for Saturday's Downtown Traverse City Association 19th annual Downtown Chili Cook-Off at the Park Place Dome.

The DTCA worked with Bay Area Recycling for Charities on the event to reduce waste. All utensils, napkins, bowls and spoons were made from compostable products. The entire event managed to generate only two bags of trash.

Participating restaurants entered 17 different recipes.  The eateries competed in seven categories as well as the overall favorite, the “People’s Choice” award. 

Almost 1,600 people attended the cook-off with each casting a vote for their favorites in each category. Winners included:

1-Alarm - Red Mesa Grill

2-Alarm - Deerings Market

3-Alarm -  Apache Trout Grill

Seafood -Scalawags Whitefish & Chips

Vegetarian - Oryana: Lake St. Cafe

White - Mt. Holiday

No Bean - Little Bohemia

Ethnic - Red Mesa Grill

People’s Choice - Apache Trout Grill, White Chili

Competing restaurants included:

Aerie Restaurant

Apache Trout Grill

Deerings Market

Great Wolf Lodge

Holiday Inn West Bay

Little Bohemia


Morsels Bakery & Espresso (providing cornbread morsels)

Mt. Holiday

Oryana: Lake St. Cafe

Red Mesa Grill

Reflect: Cambria Suites

Scalawags Whitefish & Chips

All proceeds help support such Downtown community activities as Friday Night Live, the Halloween walk, holiday activities and many other free downtown events throughout the year.

For more information, call the DTCA office at (231) 922-2050.