Food Desk: A City’s Love Of “Chilli” And The Local Food Movement

It’s been 20 years since Gov. Jim Edgar signed a declaration proclaiming the city of Springfield “Chilli Capital of the Civilized World”.

Sunday an event will honor the winter comfort food Springfield natives know as “chilli”.

Slow Food Springfield hosts a tasting at Cafe Moxo with chili cook Les Eastep, who will share the dish’s evolution and history in Springfield.

cutoutwithsnailAnn Hamilton of Slow Food Springfield and U of I Extension Educator Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant joined Peter Gray on Illinois Edition to discuss chili and its ties to the growing local food movement:

[.mp3 – 7:45]FOR LINKS TO MORE INFORMATION

LINKS: 

Slow Food Springfield on Facebook 

Local Food Systems Educational Resources offered by the University of Illinois Extension

Gov. Jim Edgar’s Low-Fat Chili Recipe (yes, it’s available online)

Springfield “Chilli” Recipe (according to CookingLight)

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