There are a lot of things I love about Autumn – wearing hoodies, celebrating holidays, pretending to care about politics - but at the top of the list would have to be eating a big bowl of chili .
My wife will attest that my testosterone and manliness do not manifest themselves in the typical ways most of the time. I hate sports, know nothing about cars, and think kittens are kind of adorable.
But if I need to show my “man card” in a conversation (and without doing something that will both get me arrested and make my wife very angry), I typically turn the topic towards my love of a good bowl of red meat soup.
The fun thing about chili is not only that it is tasty – it’s versatile. I once judged a chili cook-off in a Hispanic neighborhood and found out just how flexible the term can be. Of a dozen sample bowls, not one looked similar to another and only two looked anything like what I would make at home.
So chili not only nourishes your physical appetite. It can also subdue your appetite for adventure.
All of that to say this – If you find yourself affectionate for that mixture of meat, tomato and pepper this weekend, the Peterson-Dumesnil House  (301 S Peterson Ave) celebrates the second annual Chili Night Out Saturday from 6:30-9pm. The Crescent Hill Community Council invites the neighborhood to partake in the fun and will provide chili and soft drinks. The only admission is a side dish to share. Feel free to take along some adult beverages of your own if you feel so inclined, too.
And if you would like to help with the event, call Joyce at 895-2654.
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