Cooks gear up for 8th Annual Downtown Mount Clemens Fire and Ice Chili Cook-Off

Fundraiser features pub crawl, art raffle, ice carving show

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MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. - Chef John Thomas of Madison's Pub is preparing to defend his crown at the 8th Annual Downtown Mount Clemens Fire and Ice Chili Cook-Off Pub Crawl Fundraiser.

The highly-anticipated event will be held January 31st from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

At 2012's cook-off, Madison's took their first ever win and title, as they were named the city's "Best Chili of 2012."

The competition is already heating up between participating downtown restaurants and bars, as they strategize and perfect their culinary creations in pursuit of the highly coveted title and winners crown.

Each year, Fire and Ice Chili Cook-Off Pub Crawl attendees score each chili, and the winner is ultimately selected by popular vote. 

Scoring runs from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with the pub crawl continuing later into the night. Attendees must score at least six of the 11 entries for their scorecard to be counted.

Tickets for the Fire and Ice Chili Cook-Off Pub Crawl Fundraiser are a donation of $15 for one or $25 for two. Each participant receives a wristband good for a taster-sized chili at each establishment. The first 350 registrants will also receive free souvenir chili pepper party beads, organizers said. Tickets are now available at the participating establishments. 

All 11 participating establishments are located in the heart of historic Downtown Mount Clemens: 

  • Bath City Bistro
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Detroit Pub
  • John Barleycorn's
  • Little Lorraine's
  • The Mitt
  • Madison's Pub
  • Orleans Billiards Café
  • The Rec Bowl
  • Seeburger's Cheeseburgers
  • Your Mothers

All Fire and Ice Chili Cook-Off Pub Crawl proceeds will be equally divided between two area charities, The Anton Art Center and the Mount Clemens Goodfellows, event organizers said. The 2012 event raised $4,145, and helped these two groups continue to serve the local community, event organizers said.

The Fire and Ice Chili Cook-Off Pub Crawl originates back to 2006, when Mount Clemens hosted several Super City activities as part of Super Bowl XL in Detroit. Since then, this local favorite event has raised over $22,000 for its beneficiaries, and continues to serve as the kick off for the Downtown Mount Clemens annual Ice Carving Show festivities.

Anton Art Center's Art Raffle

The Anton Art Center will hold their Art Raffle during the chili cook-off. Each of the participating establishments will feature a different piece of unique artwork to be raffled off.

Art Raffle tickets are $1 each, with all proceeds benefitting the Anton Art Center, event organizers said.

Mount Clemens Ice Carving Show

The 8th Annual Mount Clemens Ice Carving Show opens on Friday, Feb. 1 at 12 p.m., and runs through Sunday, February 3.  Unique to other ice shows, the Mount Clemens Ice Carving Show features carving throughout the entire event. The show also includes an ice sculpture putt-putt golf course, Children's Magical Warming Station, and various warming and sipping stations located around the downtown.

For more information regarding the Fire and Ice Chili Cook-Off Pub Crawl fundraiser, the Mount Clemens Ice Carving Show, or Downtown Mount Clemens, please call 586-469-4168 or visit

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