WMSE’s 21st Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser

WMSE’s Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser – Sunday, April 16 at MSOE’s Kern Center

Thousands of chili lovers came out to WMSE’s 21st Annual Rockabilly Chili fundraiser, on Sunday April 16th, to taste over 40 different chilis from restaurants, cafes, and caterers from all over Milwaukee! And here are the winners, by popular vote, in the categories of Best Display, Most Unique Chili, Best Heat, Best Meat and Best Veggie!


Best DisplayBeans and Barley
Runner-ups: Glorioso’s Appetito & Sage Harvest, Sweet Basil

Most UniqueSweet Basil
Runner-ups: The Old German Beer Hall, Hacienda Taproom and Kitchen

Best HeatCrafty Cow
Runner-ups: Café Corazon, Hacienda Taproom and Kitchen

Beat MeatKettle Range Meat Company
Runner-ups: The Bay, Hacienda Taproom and Kitchen

Best VeggieTwisted Plants
Runner-ups: Strange Town, MPS School to Work Transition Program

WMSE is putting some spice in your spring and turning up the heat with its 21st annual Rockabilly Chili fundraiser. Presented by Lakefront Brewery, WMSE’s Rockabilly Chili will take place Sunday, April 16 at 11 a.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.
Known as THE springtime event, 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 edition, very hot, hot sauce called Hellraiser. It was developed exclusively for WMSE by  A&M Provisions. Trust us when we say it’s a hot one!
Attendees will once again determine which place has the best: Meat, Heat, Veggie, and Unique chili, and who has the hottest display! Participating restaurants include: Aperitivo, Belair Cantina, Bavarian Bierhaus, Beans & Barley, Blue’s Egg, Cafe Corazon, Café Hollander Downer, Camino, Colonel Hart’s, Comet, Crafty Cow, Foxtown Heritage Meats, Fuel Cafe 5th St, Gavilan, Glorioso’s Appetito & Sage Harvest, Hacienda Taproom and Kitchen, Hector’s, Kettle Range Meat Company, Lakefront Brewery, LuLu Café & Bar, Maxie’s, MOTOR, MPS School to Work Transition Program, Nessun Dorma, Plant Joy, Puddler’s Hall/Foltz Family Market, Riverwest Co-op, SALA, Semolina MKE LLC, Story Hill BKC, Strange Town, Sweet Basil, The Bay, The Iron Horse Hotel, The Old German Beer Hall, Twisted Plants, Xray Arcade.

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 MSOE, Clark Graphics, Hunger Task Force, Shepherd Express, Direct Supply, Ramirez Restoration, Milwaukee Downtown, and A&M Provisions.