Culinary students support Beacon House with annual soup, chili challenge

Photo courtesy: Beacon House/CSNMU

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Culinary Students of Northern Michigan University will host their annual Chili Challenge from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21, in the Jacobetti Complex Commons on the north campus of Northern Michigan University.

The proceeds from this tasty event will benefit the Beacon House’s ‘Fresh Food Program’ providing fresh, healthy food for guests of Beacon House.

Over the years, CSNMU has raised thousands of dollars for the Beacon House and this year, like many before, the organization hopes to contribute to this cause. Any local food establishments or individuals, as well as amateurs who might think they have a great soup or chili recipe, can participate.

CSNMU President Piper Miedmea said, "We are so excited for the event this year! At CSNMU, we work together as a team to promote and execute successful culinary functions and special events. This event is great for us to give back to the community!"

A wide variety of professional and amateur soup or chili entries are prepared for the public to sample and vote on, and teams of local judges also evaluate each category. Prizes are awarded for the best use of heat and best overall in the chili category and then for the most original and best overall for the soup category. CSNMU is seeking soup and chili entrants, with a deadline to enter of February 6, 2017. Those who like chili should mark their calendars to come and enjoy a wide variety of chili samples for $7 ($5 for students with ID).

"Our Annual, Memorial Chili Challenge has continually been a great fundraiser with all of the proceeds benefitting the Beacon House's Fresh Food Program," said Miedema.

This event has drawn as many as 24 chili entries in the past, with some very unusual samples including kangaroo chili, a vegan spin, breakfast chili, Caribbean, and sweet & sour chicken, as well as many more variations of traditional entries. Come give your taste buds a treat as we come out of our UP winter!

To learn more about the event, or to enter a chili, visit

Contact CSNMU President Piper Miedema or CSNMU Faculty Advisor Christopher Kibit for more information on entering a chili. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Piper Miedema at (419) 357-6324 or email at

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