WMSE’s 21st Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser

WMSE’s Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser returns to MSOE’s Kern Center on Sunday, April 7!

WMSE is putting some spice in your spring and turning up the heat with its 22nd annual Rockabilly Chili fundraiser. Presented by Lakefront Brewery, WMSE’s Rockabilly Chili will take place Sunday, April 7 at 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the MSOE Kern Center, 1245 N. Broadway. Join thousands of chili lovers as they taste over 40 different chilis from restaurants, cafes, and caterers from all over Milwaukee

WMSE’s Rockabilly Chili promises fun for the whole family.  Chicken Shack DJ Johnny Z and Saturday Morning Car Tunes DJ Dietrich will spin, kids are invited to color and do puzzles on placemats, and Tom Crawford will MC! Guests can also test their taste buds with a new, special Mad Scientist edition of hot sauce called Formula917. It was developed exclusively for WMSE by  A&M Provisions.

Participating restaurants: Aperitivo, Bakehouse 23, Bavarian Bierhaus, Beans & Barley, BelAir Cantina, Blocks of Becher, Buttermint, Café Corazón, Café Hollander – Downer, Camino, Colectivo Coffee Roasters, Crafty Cow, Dairyland Old Fashioned Hamburgers, East Side Ovens, Experts Only MKE, Foxtown Heritage Meats, Freshchef Meal Prep, Fuel Café, Glorioso’s Appetito & Sage Harvest, Lakefront Brewery, Layman Brewing, LuLu Cafe & Bar, Maxie’s, MOTOR Bar and Restaurant, Nessun Dorma, Oggie’s Kitchen & Bar, Plant Joy, Pete’s Pub on Brady, Puddler’s Hall, Red Maple MKE, Riverwest Co-op, SALA, Story Hill BKC, Sweet Basil, Ruta’s Fresh Indian Fare, Tavern At Park, The Explorium Brewpub, The Old German Beer Hall, The Wolf on Broadway, Twisted Plants, X-Ray Arcade.
Attendees voted to determine which place has the best: Meat, Heat, Veggie, and Unique chili, and who has the hottest display!

Best Display: Beans & Barley
Best Display Runners up: Bakehouse 23, Twisted Plants

Most Unique: Ruta’s Fresh Indian Fare
Most Unique Runners up: The Wolf on Broadway, Buttermint

Best Heat: Ruta’s Fresh Indian Fare
Best Heat Runners up: Crafty Cow, Lakefront Brewery

Best Veggie: Twisted Plants 
Best Veggie Runners up: Beans & Barley, Riverwest Co-Op

Best Meat: Red Maple MKE
Best Meat Runners up: Buttermint, The Wolf on Broadway

Donate two or more non-perishable food items to Hunger Task Force and you’ll receive two additional sample tickets.  Healthy non-perishable foods like Peanut butter, low-sodium canned vegetables, or whole-grain breakfast cereals are critically needed at this time.
WMSE’s Rockabilly Chili is made possible with the support of Lakefront Brewery, MSOE, Clark Graphics, Hunger Task Force, Shepherd Express, Direct Supply, Milwaukee Downtown, Milwaukee Film, Gruber Law Offices, LLC, and A&M Provisions.

See WMSE’s 2023 Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser winners and event info here.