Shawnee Indian Mission to host second annual chili cook-off this weekend

Prizes and painted aprons are headed to the Shawnee Indian Mission this weekend.

For the second year in a row, the Shawnee Indian Mission Foundation will hold a chili cook-off and live auction fundraiser. The event will be this Saturday, Feb. 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. Kathy Hamilton-Dix, an advisory board member and Shawnee Indian Mission Foundation’s event planner, said last year’s fundraiser was so successful, the Foundation has decided to turn it into an annual event. Last year’s event brought in 60 guests, and Hamilton-Dix said the Foundation is expecting more this year.

The chili cook-off will feature up to 15 chili chefs, including business owners and residents. Attendees will receive a certain number of poker chips upon their arrival, and after tasting each chef’s chili, will put the poker chips in a bowl in front of each chef. The chef with the most chips at the end of the night will be crowned winner and “Best Mission Chili Chef.”

The first place winner will receive an engraved copper skillet supplied by Pryde’s Kitchen & Necessities. Second, third and fourth place winners will receive prizes from local services and retailers such as Hy-Vee, Front Range, French Market and Spicin Foods, Hamilton-Dix said.

In addition to the chili cook-off, the fundraiser will feature a live auction of up to 10 aprons, each hand-painted by a local artist.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Foundation. Funds raised will go toward the production of future community events. The event will take place in the East Building at the Shawnee Indian Mission, 3403 W. 53rd Street in Fairway. Tickets for the event can be purchased online here. Hamilton-Dix said guests can also purchase tickets at the door. Ticket prices are listed below:

  • Adult, $20
  • A bar ticket, additional $10
  • Children, $5

Boulevard Brewing Co. will sponsor beer at the event, while Prairie Village’s Rimann Liquors has selected wines for the evening, Hamilton-Dix said. Children’s tickets include a drink and a dessert. Fairway Creamer will provide ice cream for the event, as well.