• Vanessa Vancour

Tomorrow at the Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western), A Chili Home Companion features 15 home cooks and local food purveyors, including Birchwood Kitchen, Jam, and Revolution Brewing, vying for supremacy of the stew. The competitors constitute an illustrious list, but the judges of this cook-off are no slouches, either: they include Food on the Dole creator Hugh Amano, Soup and Bread mastermind Martha Bayne, and my Reader officemate Julia Thiel, whose James Beard award-winning series Key Ingredient just celebrated its 50th episode. The affair benefits the forthcoming food-oriented literary magazine Graze; music is courtesy of Cains & Abels, Angela James, and Tin Tin Can. Noon-5 PM, $10 buys admission and chili. Get tickets here.