�Jersey City�s 4th Street Arts to hold Second Annual Chili Cook-Off
� �����������������Beat the cold with some heat: a warm, comforting, taste of chili � or twenty tastes of chili. �
� ������������������4th Street Arts, a Jersey City not-for-profit organization, will host its second annual Chili Cook-Off on Sunday, March 6, 2011 to promote awareness for the artist community and raise proceeds for local art and music initiatives. �The Chili Cook-Off is family friendly day of local competition, with a variety of competitors representing the area�s residents and restaurants and more than 400 local chili-lovers in attendance to vote on their favorite variation of the hearty stew.
� �����������������Voting is divided into individual and restaurant categories and winners are determined by attendees and a panel of �celebrity� judges comprised of reporters and local councilmen. �This year�s panel will include writers from Jersey City Independent and The Star-Ledger and Ward E Councilman Steven J. Fulop. Prizes will be awarded to the winners in several different categories and in this competition, experience and professional training do not always take home the prize. �The 4th Street Cookoffs provide an opportunity for the community to get together, fill their bellies, and support local arts & music for the low price of $5,� said 4th Street Arts director Mike McNamara. �The multi-faceted event will also feature live music and feature fellow non-profits and artists. �There is a $5 admission to the cook-off, which will be held at the site of the event�s sponsor: �Parlay Studios (161 Second Street) from 2PM to 6PM. 4th Street Arts is a collection of artists from the Jersey City area, committed to contributing to the local arts community. Through various fundraising events, the not-for-profit group devotes itself to the growth of the Jersey City artist community, and in doing such, makes several donations to local youth art and music and music initiatives. �Above all, 4th Street Arts stands for three main components – art, music, and community.
Photos by Emily Tan