In the wide world of chili, there are two main warring factions—the bean-lovers and the hardline no-bean fanatics. Traditionally, Texas-style chili doesn't have beans--a popular saying goes, "If you know beans about chili, you know chili ain't got no beans"—while vegetarian versions tend to be chock full of them. But the bean divide isn't the only point of chili contention: there are also those who swear by a specific brand of chili powder, the cumin lovers and haters, and the tomato vs. anti-tomato crowd.
But while chili can divide us, it can also unite us. And TRICA has set out to prove that with its inaugural Old Timey Chili Feed on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 6-9 p.m. The North End children's arts Mecca will open up the doors to the partially renovated Immanuel Methodist Episcopal Church for an evening filled with hot chili, cold beer and live music. Artists Ben Wilson and April VanDeGrift will be painting faces, and TRICA founder Jon Swarthout will be making balloon animals. Porch-stomping Americana act Jonathan Warren and the Billygoats will be joined by Tony Anderson and Thomas Paul and friends. Payette Brewing will serve up the suds and TRICA will give tours of the old church space.
TRICA is currently in the middle of its Get Your TRICA Wings Community Campaign, in which it hopes to raise $600,000 to restore the former church sanctuary and transform it into a classroom and performance space. TRICA has already received $2.1 million in donations over the years, which have gone to restore the historic building's crumbling infrastructure.
You can help TRICA and feed your face with chili all for free, though donations will be accepted. The Old Timey Chili Feed is an all-ages, kid-friendly event.