Wednesday, February 23, 2011

February 24th National Chili Day

Whether you know it or not, every day on the calendar is a holiday. We have our well known ones like the just celebrated President's Day and obscure ones like International Talk Like a Pirate Day and That's What She Said Day. February 24th is National Chili Day. We love our style of chili here in Cincinnati and we should all celebrate by having a coney or two. Gold Star Chili will be sending out their "Chilimobile" to the Newport Kroger (from 10AM - Noon) and the Forrest Hills Kroger (from 12:30 PM - 2:30) where they will be handing out free chili samples. I have not heard of any other parlors running any chili day promotions, if there are any please let us know!

Here are some interesting numbers about the impact of chili in the Cincinnati region*:
  • Collective 200+ local chili parlors
  • $48,000,000 payroll/2700 employees
  • $45,000,000 spent with local food vendors for ingredients
  • $38,000,000 spent with vendors for other operating expenses
  • $12,000,000 spent to build & equip new stores
  • $16,000,000 spent on grocery retail manufacturing and distribution
  • $159,000,000 annual impact
  • Greater impact that any other local restaurant concept
Other components of the cheese coney have their own days too: July 23 is National Hot Dog Day, January 20 is Cheese Day and August 4 is Mustard Day. Could not find an Onion Day but there is an Onion Ring day (June 22).

*Thanks to Gold Star Chili for supplying these stats

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