And now, a visual representation of how this Sunday's first-ever Chili Jamboree will make you feel:
Chili from celebrity chefs, country music from the nation's best acts, and general good times for all four arms of your body. Need further persuasion? Here's the lowdown:
The Portland Mercury has teamed up with Mississippi Studios, Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Nicky USA to bring you the first annual CHILI JAMBOREE!That right there in the video is the Chili Belt itself, and I'm of the opinion that no greater prize can be awarded to a human being. It'll go to one of these incredible local chefs and their chili: Jonathan Berube (Radar), Jason French (Ned Ludd), Alton Garcia (Broder), Rick Gencarelli (Lardo PDX), Tynan Gibson & Charlie Phillip (Tasty & Sons), Gregory Gourdet (Departure), Rodney Muirhead (Podnah's Pit), BJ Smith (Smokehouse 21), Johanna Ware (Smallwares), Justin Woodward (Castagna). Don't forget there's also pie from Mary Casaneve Sheridan of the Honey Pot!
We're bringing together spicy, savory, slow-cooked chili from Portland's best celebrity chefs, and adding a full deck of boot-scootin' country bands—and we mean the GOOD kind of country—for a party your mouth and ears won't ever forget. Taste 'em all, then vote for the chili champ, who'll be awarded the first-ever, highly coveted Chili Belt.
But there's more to do than stuff your face. There's also gonna be really great music from Lucero, Sturgill Simpson, Daniel Romano, Shelby Earl, and Mission Spotlight. I've been spending the past couple weeks listening to these guys and can happily vouch for every single one of 'em—really terrific stuff, the perfect soundtrack for stuffing your face with chili and booze. It all goes down this Sunday, October 6 at 2 pm at Mississippi Studios, but you'd better get your tickets now (buy 'em here). See you there, chilifriends.
Special thanks to Mike Wilson for the awesome video!