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National Chili Day

Celebrate National Chili Day - Cincinnati style

A newborn gets a Skyline bib in 2015 (FOX19 File photo) A newborn gets a Skyline bib in 2015 (FOX19 File photo)

Many locals are born and bred on Cincinnati-style chili.

While naysayers may bash the unique taste, Cincinnatians continue to consume more than 2 million pounds of chili each year, topped by 850,000 pounds of shredded cheddar cheese, according to Cincinnati USA CVB.

National Chili Day is Thursday, Feb. 25!

Skyline Chili will welcome Chili-Day babies born at local hospitals with a special gift - a Skyline bib for the baby and a celebratory coney for mom.

For every 3-way purchased at Gold Star Chili today, the restaurant will give to someone in need. Gold Star will serve lunch at seven local charitable organizations.

Three things you probably didn't know about the Queen City staple:

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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