Photography by Igda Warner
Augie's Mussel House recently hosted the Old Town Charity Chili Showdown in their open-air beer garden, where masks were required. Competing for the trophy (and bragging rights, of course) were none other than local chefs Noe Landini of Landini Brothers, Chad Sparrow of Common Plate Hospitality, Melvin Urrutia of The Handover. They were joined by contestant Jimmy Lee of Feed It Forward DC. Each contestant prepared his creative idea of 'Alexandria's Best Chili' to be served to a panel of guest judges which consisted of Allison Goodhart DuShuttle, Jason Yates, Brittany Patterson, Edward Byers, and Eileen Vaughn. Local celebrity, Chick Hernandez, made an appearance on the panel as well.
All ticket proceeds were donated to Feed It Forward DC, a non-profit organization on a mission to promote social responsibility within the community with a special focus on youth and the homeless. Ticket purchases included tastings of each competing chili, Cray Cray Cran Cocktails, Irish Mule, classic mussels, pretzels & beer cheese sauce and wings.
For more information on Feed It Forward DC, please visit www.feeditforwarddc.org