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Cincinnati celebrates National Chili Day

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

It's National Chili Day! Cincinnati, of course, is no stranger to chili.

How is the Tri-state celebrating? Both Skyline and Goldstar are celebrating this treasured holiday in very different ways.

Skyline Chili is celebrating by welcoming all Chili-Day babies in the Cincinnati area into the world with a gift – a Skyline bib for the baby and a celebratory Skyline dinner for mom. This marks the second year Skyline Chili has initiated babies on National Chili Day. Babies born at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Mercy Hospital of Anderson and Fairfield, West Hospital, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Good Samaritan Hospital, Bethesda North Hospital and The Christ Hospital were all celebrated.

Goldstar Chili is celebrating National Chili Day by appealing to your wallet. Gold Star will be offering three-ways for only $3. The offer is open all day at Gold Star locations.   

Word to the wise: if you want to live comfortably in Cincinnati, don't bash the chili. Here are from fun facts about the Queen City's favorite meal:

  • Cincinnatians consume more than 2 million pounds of chili each year, topped by 850,000 pounds of shredded cheddar cheese, according to the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau.
  • Cincinnati chili pioneers came from northeastern Greece, specifically from a region called Macedonia.
  • The original Cincinnati-style chili parlor was called "Empress Chili." In 1922, brothers Tom and John Kiradjieff, Macedonian immigrants, began serving their seasoned meat sauce to theatre patrons in a small shop next to the Empress Theatre in downtown Cincinnati.
  • An employee of Empress Chili left and opened his own restaurant across the river. John Sarakatsannis stopped in at the Empress Chili parlor looking for work. "Put on an apron," the owner told him. Sarakatsannis decided he could develop his own chili recipe and find a location away from Empress so he wouldn't compete. And thus we have Dixie Chili in Newport.

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