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Nancy Whiskey & Hostel Detroit to host Corktown Chili Cook-Off

Nancy Whiskey and Hostel Detroit will host the Corktown Chili Cook-Off on Nov. 12.
Nancy Whiskey and Hostel Detroit will host the Corktown Chili Cook-Off on Nov. 12.
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There's something cookin' in Corktown.

Supporters of Detroit's oldest neighborhood have earned no shortage of praise for the entrepreneurial spirit that continues to keep Corktown a hip, cool place to live, work and play. It seems perfect, then, that two gleaming examples of that spirit should converge to host a party that promises to become an annual staple on the Corktown calendar.

Nancy Whiskey Bar is a longtime Irish bar on Harrison Street that has managed to survive everything the region has thrown its way for years. Hostel Detroit is a months-old venture looking to gain footing in Corktown. The two have come together and will host the Corktown Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Nancy Whiskey.

The event, which will feature the Cajun and Zydeco sounds of Creole Du Nord, will welcome patrons who want to enter their chili concoctions, others who just want to sample the various pots of chili on hand, and anybody else looking to dance, drink and support Hostel Detroit. The cook-off will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and voting will end promptly at 8:15 p.m. before the winners are announced. Prizes of $25 will be awarded for the best vegetarian chili and best meat chili.

Creole Du Nord will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. and play throughout the evening. Cover charge for the event is $5.

Nancy Whiskey is located at 2644 Harrison St in Detroit. Anyone interested in entering chili in the cook-off should email with information on approximately how much chili you are bringing and the name of your chili. For additional information, visit or


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