Chili champions

By City Pulse Staff

Red Robin has something to sing about: The chain won the People's Choice award at the Lansing Board of Water & Light’s 17th annual BWL Chili Cook-off

Monday, June 4 — More than 1,500 gallons of chili was dished out and gobbled up at the Lansing Board of Water & Light’s 17th annual BWL Chili Cook-off at Adado Riverfront Park on Saturday. Thirty-one area restaurants, non-profits, businesses and organizations participated in this year's chili contest. Proceeds from the event benefit Impression 5 Science Center/Adopt A River, HOPE Scholarship Connections Program and the Sparrow Foundation.

Here are the Chili Cook-off winners:

People’s Choice – Best Overall Chili
1st Place: Red Robin
2nd Place: Morton's Fine Catering
3rd Place: Liquid Web

Best Restaurant Chili
1st Place: Red Robin
2nd Place: Equity Vest, in partnership with Harrison Roadhouse, Beggar’s Banquet and Nuthouse
3rd Place: Red Robin

Best Corporate Chili
1st Place: City Rescue Mission
2nd Place: Liquid Web
3rd Place: Plumbers & Pipefitters

Best Meatless Chili
1st Place: Lansing Center
2nd Place: Texas Roadhouse
3rd Place: City Rescue Mission

Best Chicken Chili
1st Place: Jackson National Life/Premier Food Service
2nd Place: Morton’s Fine Catering
3rd Place: Primerica of East Lansing

Hottest Chili Award
1st Place: The Mayfair Bar
2nd Place: Lansing Center
3rd Place: Buffalo Wild Wing’s

Best Amateur Chili
1st Place: A-1 Mechanical
2nd Place: Portland Federal Credit Union
3rd Place: Michigan Department of Human Services

Best Salsa
1st Place: Schenk’s Salsa
2nd Place: Houlihan’s
3rd Place: The Mayfair Bar

Most Creative Booth
1st Place: MSU Gallery – “Smurfs”
2nd Place: Liquid Web – “Ghost Peppers”
3rd Place: Equity Vest – “PAC Man”

Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau Hospitality Award
1st Place: I.B.E.W. Local 352
2nd Place: Jackson National Life/Premier Food Service
3rd Place: Liquid Web