A passion for chili
“Tower sweeps chili contest with fourth straight victory,” recapped The Aspen Times on Aug. 14, 1986. “The Tower Restaurant swept the competition Sunday in the Snowmass Chili Shoot-out, winning the Chili Champ title for the fourth consecutive year and winning the first Fritos Brand Corn Chips Chili Pie Challenge.” With more than 1,000 people “judging” the 14 competitors, this competition was the only one in the country at the time where all the contestants were local restaurants and chefs and the public served as the judges. Other top finishers included the Brother’s Grille, Mountain Dragon and Snowmass Resort Association Guest Services. With the Snowmass Mammoth Festival on June 7 and 8, the chili-tasting tradition continues.
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