2018-02-09 / On Second Thought

TPS Chili Cook-Off turns 20

By Lauren Gilstrap, Member of Historic Columbia’s Palladium Society & Co-chair of the Chili Cook-Off

Historic Columbia’s The Palladium Society’s 20th annual Chili Cook- Off will be held Saturday, February 24. Historic Columbia’s The Palladium Society’s 20th annual Chili Cook- Off will be held Saturday, February 24. Chi-Chi-Chili! I’m bringing my appetite to Historic Columbia’s The Palladium Society’s 20th annual Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, February 24.

As a local realtor, I find preserving the local history and charming architectural details of historic properties vital to Columbia. The majority of homes I’m in and out of on a daily basis around downtown Columbia are homes built between the 1920s- 1940s. In homes like this, the original hardwood floors, window transoms, picture moldings, and plaster interiors remain mostly intact.

Being a member of The Palladium Society has assisted in furthering my professional knowledge, so I’m able to pass along that same education to my clients about the homes they are purchasing or selling.

In addition, I’m able to share with the new folks who enter our flourishing city all the unique stories that sit behind so many of Columbia’s landmarks.

If someone is interested in learning more about the history or historical architecture Columbia holds, getting involved with The Palladium Society is really a wonderful way to achieve that goal.

Plus, there are some exclusive events for “members only” that you wouldn’t normally be able to access. In the past, some of my favorite events have been Behind-The-Scenes tours of The Curtiss- Wright Hangar before Hunter-Gather Brewery occupied the building and Columbia Down Under: Arcade Mall. And, of course the annual Chili Cook-Off.

This year’s Cook-Off will feature something new and exciting for the 20th celebration. For any VIP ticket holders, there will be a full private hour (4:30-5:30 p.m.) before the event featuring a bourbon tasting and signature cocktail. VIP ticket holders will also have a designated bar solely for their use throughout the event.

The committee really wants to spoil our VIP attendees this year and hope they see the same value as do we of the additional ticket price. With more than two dozen cookers, the cook-off continues to grab a larger following each year.

Judging will be done by local celebrities, cash prizes for the winners of the cook-off and live music from The Reggie Sullivan Band and Blocker. In addition, tickets include an open beer and wine bar —who can say no to all this fun?

I invite everyone to come out, eat delicious chili, enjoy live music, and support a great, local cause.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit historiccolumbia.org/chili.

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