Northeastern Kidney Foundation’s 8th annual Chili Challenge heats up on a “chili” day in the Capital Region

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – It was a “chili” day in the Capital Region, and we don’t just mean the weather.

In the Northeastern Kidney Foundation’s 8th annual Chili Challenge, local restaurants were cooking up unique and tasty ways to give back to those in need.

What starts as a creation in the kitchen soon becomes a delicious meal that everyone can enjoy.

“A little brown sugar, a touch of coffee, a touch of cinnamon. We like to jazz things up a little,” said Tim James, the Executive Chef of Peabody’s.

No matter what you prefer, chances are these cooks got you covered.

“When I’m cooking, I really like to bring a lot of components to the dish that offers a lot of different flavors and textures and kind of brings it all together,” said Thomas Gulbrandsen, the Head Chef at Excelsior Springs.

It’s just about good food and good company.

Organized by the Northeast Kidney Foundation, the goal is to raise money and awareness for those battling kidney Disease.

“My mother in law passed away from kidney disease. It’s a thing we enjoy doing and I do it in honor of her,” said Mauro Lorusso, the chef at Jay’s Bar and Grill.

With beer and chili tasting from restaurants all over the Capital Region, it’s a competition with some real heart.

“We really get to show our edgy side and see whose best, but everybody wins in the end,” said Leejay Pollachi, the General Manager of Westside Sports Bar and Grill.

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