The chilli stake in Evansville helps Aurora, YWCA and City Seeds

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – National Chili Day is February 27th. Here you will find a way to have your soup and also give something back to three local organizations.

Urban Seeds is celebrating the day with a fundraiser for chili stocks.

“We will be selling liters of chili with a side of corn bread or gluten-free vegan multigrain crackers,” said board member Blythe Battram. “Everything is locally and lovingly made.”

For every $ 35 meal sold, another will be donated to Aurora’s Homeless Aid or residents of the YWCA’s three residential programs. A portion of the proceeds will be used to fund Urban Seeds’ food initiatives.

The chili is vegan and gluten-free and is made according to a venerable old recipe from the original Moosewood cookbook.

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Robin Mallery, director and chef of Urban Seeds, replaces the bulgur wheat in the recipe with buckwheat grains to make it gluten-free and safe for all people with intolerances.

“I have had many very dedicated meat eaters who turned the taste of this chilli upside down, even though they were skeptical about it,” she said. “It’s so tasty. I use a lot of cumin and it has vegetables and red and white beans in it, so it’s a complete protein. “

The crackers are made by Suzan Özel from Evansville, who has already supported Urban Seeds at food events.

“The premise of the event is to feed the community while you feed yourself,” said Mallery. “It’s a nice way to have a fundraiser and share nutritious food with those who may not eat it that often.”

They hope to sell 100 servings, which means 12.5 gallons of soup will go to each community organization.

Closing date for orders is Monday, February 22nd at urbanseeds.org/donate.

“We’re excited,” said YWCA CEO Erika Taylor. “This is perfect chili weather. Chili comforts the soul. “

The donated meals will go to the 30-45 women and children the YWCA is placing in its emergency shelter, Domestic Violence and Yes! Residential units.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made the situation in the YWCA kitchen a little more difficult, as instead of having dinner together, meals are cooked individually so residents can eat in their living quarters, which means more costs and manpower go into the meals.

“This will save us money, labor and time, and it will add variety and flavor,” said Taylor. “It’s great when an outside company offers a new way of looking at a meal, and it’s a great and creative fundraiser.”

When you go

What: Urban Seeds Chili Share Spectacular

When: Please prepay by Monday February 22nd to secure your order: urbanseeds.org/donate. The collection will take place on Saturday, February 27th from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Limited delivery is possible

Where: Dreifaltigkeitskirche, 216 SE Third St.

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