Chili cook-off comes with a handsome cash prize — and a coveted spot on the menu

Archer’s Tavern diners have the chance to taste all of the entries for $10 this weekend in Centerville

Archer's Tavern in Centerville will host a Chili Cook-Off Saturday that comes with a handsome cash prize for the winner and perhaps something more priceless: a spot on the menu for a full year.

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That’s right: the winner of the chili cook-off will be the chili served at Archer’s Centerville and its two sister pubs, Archer’s Tavern Kettering and the Stone House Tavern in Waynesville. So the overall winner’s chili “will be served approximately 10,000 times next year,” Archer’s co-founder Dan Apolito said. And the winner will also receive $250.

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The event will be held noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 under a tent in the parking lot of the Archer’s at 9496 Dayton-Lebanon Pike (Ohio 48) in Centerville. The pub will have beer and drink specials to accompany the chili.

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Customers can try every chili entered in the competition and cast a vote as “Fan Favorite” for $10. But the competition’s first round will be decided by a panel of guest judges, who will select five “finalist” chilis that will advance to Round 2.

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Round 2 will be judged by a team of industry experts and owners and managers from the Archer’s restaurant group. The winner of round 2 will then become the chili served at the two Archer’s locations and the Stone House Tavern until the next chili cook-off in 2019.

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