Sunday, March 10, 2013

Chilly, Blues & Brew at The BOB

Written by  Paul Starr
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Chilly, Blues & Brews at THE BOB - Grand Rapids

Chili cook-off will benefit inaugural Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Gran Fondo cycling event
The BOB will host an outdoor chili cook-off Saturday, March 23 to benefit the inaugural Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Gran Fondo, a cycling race to support skin cancer research.
The cook-off will feature live blues and requires chefs to use a Michigan-brewed beer as an ingredient in their batch of chili.

“The Gran Fondo promises to be an exciting signature event for downtown and we thought thechili cook-off was a great opportunity to support it,” said Carey McMahon, general manager of The BOB. “It will be even better with the Beer City USA twist.”

A grand prize trip to The Gilmore Collection’s Redstone Inn, located in Colorado, will be awarded based on voting by a celebrity panel of judges and the people’s choice. Admission tothe competition is free and chili samples will be 50 cents each.

"We have been doing a Chilly Blues Festival for 20 years in Grand Haven with Steve Loftis of Snug Harbor,” said Greg Gilmore, CEO of The Gilmore Collection. “So we finally felt it was time to bring a Chilly, Blues & Brews event to Grand Rapids. And we’re so proud that the inaugural event will support a great community cause, the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Gran Fondo.”

Entertainment at the event will include live blues music from noon until 1:30 a.m. Performers include Grand Rapids-based artists Jimmie Stagger and Junior Valentine, Kalamazoo’s Crossroads Blues Band and National Recording Artist, Lil’ Ed. Entrance to the event is free from noon until 7 p.m. After 7 p.m., entry will cost $5.

For more information, or to download the cook-off rules and entry form, visit

About the Gilmore Collection:

Founded in 1978 when John F. Gilmore opened The Thornapple Village Inn, The Gilmore Collection is an eclectic group of locally owned and operated restaurants, nightclubs and entertainment venues. Now under the direction of Gilmore’s son, Gregory S. Gilmore, The Gilmore Collection has grown to 21 dining and entertainment venues located throughout West Michigan. It continues to expand with the philosophy of creating quality establishments thathave strong historical connections to their communities. In 2013, The Gilmore Collection will begin its expansion of The BOB – an innovative development that will create additional dining and entertainment venues for downtown Grand Rapids’ Arena District. For more informationon The Gilmore Collection, visit

Paul Starr

Paul Starr

Paul Starr is the creator of the I'm a Beer Hound and one of the organizer and the driving force behind Art & Craft Beerfest, Lansing Beer Fest, Beerfest at the Ballpark Spring & Fall. When he's not working on Beer Hound he's probably watching the Lions, Tigers or Red Wings. Being a recent new Dad of twins, he doesn't have much extra time these days for mischief.