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Help the vegan chili win! And support a great cause at Ruth's Chili Cook-Off!

[posted by Jennifer G.]

VLI assistant organizer Ruth McDade does so much to help others. On October 20th, please come to Ronkonkoma to:

a) support her agency's compassionate mission, AND

b) help the vegan chili entry win the People's Choice prize this year!


Ruth works for Clubhouse of Suffolk, a psychiatric rehabilitation agency. This is the second year they're holding a Chili Cook-Off fundraiser.

This year, Ruth is getting some meat-free chili entries to compete in the Cook-Off.

So Team Vegan Island* will enter a vegan chili—and we need YOU to come vote!

In addition to the chili competition, there will be:

  • live country music by the Joe Bayer Band
  • the Selden Cadets, a 25-piece drum & bugle corps
  • community vendors
  • opportunities to win raffle prizes
  • games for children—including a Halloween costume contest for kids under 10, with prizes for best costumes.

All proceeds from this event go to benefit adults in recovery from mental illness and homeless veterans—many of whom suffer from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and depression.

Admission is $10 per person, $2 discount with event flyer (click here for download) -->

One flyer per person.

Children under 10 free.

Hope you can make it!

*We have one more spot on our serving crew. So if you'd enjoy representing Vegan Long Island by helping ladle out the chili to attendees, send me (Jennifer Greene) an email.

OTHER WAYS TO HELP:

Help me pay the Cook-Off's $100 competitor fee—either via PayPal or next time you see me (and I'm grateful for what several generous souls have already pitched in! You know who you are—you're awesome. ♥ Thank you so much!)

If you think you've got an award-winning vegan chili recipe, post it here or email it to me!

P.S. We know there's a lot going on that weekend... like Farm Sanctuary's Walk for the Animals in NYC... so if you have another obligation, we understand—but tell all your friends to come, and to try the vegan chili!

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  • Betty V.

    No problem helping out with the Chili cook-off. It was fun and the chili was very good. It had samples of it and what was left over. I've met people who I knew from the Clubhouse. Looking forword to your recipe Jennifer!

    October 23, 2012

  • Paula

    Hi Jennifer -- your chili was delicious :)

    1 · October 21, 2012

  • Jennifer G.

    Big THANK YOU to Pat, Maryann, Betty, and Steve for representing VLI, heating up the chili, staffing the table, serving, handling the glitches with grace, and cleaning up... You=the best!!! I'm going to post the recipe at the message board.

    October 20, 2012

    • Ruth M.

      You guys were the best! Thank you Jennifer for making such fantastic chili (I loved the sign you made with "No Animals were Harmed"). Thanks to the vegan chili team and those who came down to support this event, I am very grateful for your support!!!!!

      October 21, 2012

  • Steve

    Lots of fun

    October 20, 2012

  • Ruth M.

    Hi - Just wanted to provide some updates. We have some friendly competition with two more vegan chili teams! Our raffle prizes include gift certificates to 3 Brothers, Curry Club, a juicer, and more.
    There will be an artisan bread vendor along with vegan hot dogs and cupcakes. Come on down and bring the family for some shit kicking country fun with the Joe Bayer Band, DJ Richie and Nicole doing line dancing, and more.... Don't forget there will be a Halloween costume contest for the kids too. Hope to see you there.

    October 19, 2012

  • Paula

    Will try to make it Ruth. I guess you're the chef? (Thought it was a potluck in which case I would bring a dish, but I guess it's not) Ok so how about a Kasha Chile: http://www.1001recipes2send.com/Entrees/Meatless/1537-Kasha_Chili.shtml There's also Colleen Patrick Goudreau's Three Bean Chile which is excellent: https://myyogaroom.wordpress.com/2012/02/21/three-bean-vegan-chili. (Though I have a feeling you would be more competitive to make a chile with a vegan meat substitute, which rarely use).

    October 6, 2012

    • Jennifer G.

      Paula, I'm the designated chef, and I've been practicing! Ruth is very kindly letting me use Clubhouse's health-dept-approved kitchen to cook the chili before the event. The VLI team members didn't have any objection to my including some Ground Round in the recipe, and I have to say, I think this chili is going to win over some meateaters! Which is my goal, of course. :)

      October 6, 2012

    • Ruth M.

      Hi Paula - hope you and Bob are able to attend!

      October 6, 2012

  • Paula

    (Oops, chili, not chile.)

    October 6, 2012

  • Ruth M.

    Hi Everyone - Clubhouse of Suffolk is a great organization that helps over 1,500 a year live independent, fulfilling lives. We have a large chemical free garden, planted with organic heirloom seeds, that provides veggies and herbs for lunch with the extra going to our food pantry, helping anyone from the community eat healthy. We also offer vegan and vegetarian options for lunch every day. Our members have opportunities to participate in canine & equine animal assisted therapy, as well as aerobics, drum circles, kayaking, etc... Let's introduce veganism to the mainstream and have fun doing it. I hope to see you there.

    September 30, 2012

    • Karen N.

      I'm a "maybe" for attendance but a "will do" for a contribution.

      September 30, 2012

  • Karen N.

    Shen J C Robinson I make a green chili with white/yellow miso, though. In case you haven't found it.
    Saute roasted, skinned,seeded, diced green chiles with onions and one large sweet roasted red pepper and two small diced carrots.
    Add stock and Northern Beans or cannellini beans and cumin, Mexican oregano and epozote. Cook until carrots are nearly soft and add diced zucchini and diced tomatoes.
    Take off the heat, cool a bit and add two-three tablespoons white or yellow miso.
    Serve with shredded cabbage, minced cilantro and sliver radishes atop. Vegan sour cream optional.
    Proportions of ingredients - up to you. It all works.

    September 30, 2012

    • Karen N.

      JC said you were looking for a "chilli" recipe, this from a "health and well being PBWFNO fb page I follow and the "creator" of it. Sounded VERY diff from all the Vegie chillis I've done over the years which just add more beans and vegs to sub for the meat...will copy and paste the fb page it's from (very informative page) in another reply.....

      September 30, 2012

    • Karen N.

      September 30, 2012

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