Chili comes in many varieties: beans, no beans, turkey, beef, vegetarian, with pasta, with cheese, etc. From January 18-22, Rockit (River North and Wrigleyville locations) will have 'em all and then some (well, not the veggie stuff, but you can go to Whole Foods for that). The second annual Chilifest offers three preparations of the dish throughout the week (turkey chili w/cheese and cilantro, $6; Chili Mac, turkey chili atop four-cheese mac and cheese, $12; and chili cheese fries, topped w/ turkey chili and cheddar and jack cheeses, $7) as well as a special preparation from chef James Gottwald each day ($10).
A portion of all chili sales will benefit Greater Chicago Food Depository, with the week culminating in a special fundraising event at Rockit Wrigleyville on Friday, January 22.
Read on for the full menu of special preparations.
Monday, January 18
Duck Confit and Pork Sausage Chili
pinto beans, tomato and applewood smoked bacon and chervil
Tuesday, January 19
Mole Poblano Style Chili
ground beef, dark and smoky ancho peppers with Mexican chocolate and cilantro
Wednesday, January 20
True Texan Chipotle Chili
no beans about it all meat chili made with slow braised chipotle rubbed beef brisket with tortillas and sour cream
Thursday, January 21
Super Hot Chili
chopped black beef with “ghost peppers” Bhut Jolokia, scotch bonnet peppers, habanero peppers and red kidney beans
Friday, January 22
Scallop and White Bean Chili
poached scallops, cannelloni white beans and sweet red bell peppers