“Meat Is Murder”
Certainly not an idea with which I agree, but that’s one of two interesting bumper stickers I saw this weekend. Here’s the other one, which I think I get:
There are only 10 kinds of people. Those who understand binary and those who don’t.
Anyway, one of the things I like about B’ham is that you get the best of all types of people. What I mean is, I’d never want to live in a town where “Meat is Murder” is a common belief. Nor would I want to live in the type of redneck town whose residents would scoff at a story like this:
Where’s the beef?
That’s what you may be asking of Birmingham’s top chili, which just so happens to be of the meatless variety.
After initial reader nominations, pre-judging to name six finalists and final judging by a panel of six, The BottleTree Cafe’s vegetarian chili won The Birmingham News’ Championship Chili contest.
It was the only vegetarian chili among the six finalists, which also included Salem’s Diner (a close second in the judges’ voting), Full Moon Barbecue, Taco Casa, Sam’s Super Samwiches and Doodle’s.
Judges for the final round were Jeff Walker, afternoon deejay on WZZK radio; Rick Journey and Sarah Verser of Fox 6’s “Good Day Alabama”; George Reis, co-owner of and chef at the restaurants 26 and Ocean; Raven Dennis, owner of Raven’s Nest Specialties; and Jo Ellen O’Hara, food editor of The Birmingham News.
Walker, a native Texan, was one judge who put BottleTree’s chili at the top of his list.
“I’ve spent most of my career in Texas, and they know how to make chili,” Walker said. “Texas may be a bigger state, but (BottleTree’s) chili has a bigger taste.”
I like living in a town civilized enough to have vegetarian restaurants, but down to earth enough that the award winning veggy chile from said restaurant features as a main ingredient . . .
About 2 pounds red kidney beans; 3 cups diced tomatoes; 1 cup of chopped green chiles, mild; 1½ cups of fresh corn – niblets or kernels; 1 small can tomato paste; 2 (16-ounce) cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer; Spices to taste