Stew, Chili & Brew
recipe earns Xi Beta Upsilon
win at chamber cook-off
is an old German family recipe
(October 2008) More than 25 years ago, Darlene
Morgans co-worker gave her a special recipe for a chili sauce
that would make any chili lover rave. Armed with that secret recipe,
Morgan created a batch of chili for her Xi Beta Upsilon Sorority that
earned them the victory in that category at last years annual
Madison Area Chamber of Commerces Soup, Stew, Chili and Brew Festival.
year at the Soup, Stew,
Chili and Brew cooking competiton,
sorority Xi Beta Upsilon won
the chili competition. Their
booth is pictured above.
Competitors should be warned. Morgan will again make her
special recipe chili for Xi Beta Upsilon at the sixth annual Soup, Stew,
Chili and Brew competition on Oct. 11. The event runs from 11 a.m.-5
p.m. along Main Street from Jefferson to West streets in downtown Madison,
There are four categories in the competition in which participants compete
for small trophies and bragging rights. Those categories are: soups,
homemade stews, chili and non-alcoholic brews, such as cider and coffees.
Xi Beta Upsilon is only one of close to 25 teams that will be competing
in the annual competition. From the first event in 2003, the outdoor
food and music festival has been a popular fundraiser for community
Other competitors this year will include Hanover United Methodist Church,
the Ulster Project, Kings Daughters Hospital and Health
Services Home Health and Hospice, First Christian Church, Madison
Elks Lodge, the Schafer Family, and Hickory Creek at Madison. Hodges
said the competition is open to any business or individual.
Morgan, 65, said she was given the old German-family chili sauce recipe
by a co-worker nearly 25 years ago. I never wrote it down,
she said. Ive just always made it from memory.
11-11:45 a.m.: Freddie Shimfessel
Noon-12:45 p.m.: Andra, Jack & John (Singer
Andra Bladen with Jack Ulery and John Walburn)
1-1:45 p.m.: Blues Devils
2-2:45 p.m.: MP3 (12-year-old Madison Porter)
3-3:45 p.m.: Rusty Bladen
4-4:45 p.m.: Samesoul
She makes the sauce in the summer using fresh ingredients
from her garden. She then cans it for later use. It is an all-day
process to put the sauce together, she said. It then has
to cook down for over three hours to thicken. She wouldnt
divulge exactly what was in the sauce.
Morgan, who drives a school bus for Madison Consolidated Schools, said
she was at a sorority meeting last year when a volunteer was needed
to cook the chili. My family and the guys down at the funeral
home have been telling me for years to enter my chili into a contest.
So, I decided to give it a try. Morgans husband, George,
is co-owner of Morgan and Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Dr.
Xi Beta Upsilon, a chapter of the international organization Beta Sigma
Phi, has been involved in community events in Madison for more than
three decades. The sorority sponsors the annual Madison Regatta Miss
Madison Scholarship Pageant. It also fundraisers for the youth shelter,
special needs children and children with medical difficulties. We
are small but strong, said Xi Beta Upsilon Treasurer Linda Ralston.
We are a social sorority dedicated to helping our community.
Currently, there are about 12 members.
In addition to the cooking competition at the Soup, Stew, Chili and
Brew Festival, there will be a variety of family friendly activities,
including a corn-hole tournament and two giant inflatables for children.
There will also be live music throughout the festival.
This is one of the most popular events offered by the chamber,
said Madison Area Chamber of Commerce marketing and event coordinator
Laura Hodges. The weather usually makes it a wonderful time to
get out and simply enjoy a fall day downtown.
Last years festival was the largest and most successful, Hodges
said. We ran out of tickets. We have increased our order significantly
More than 14,000 tickets were sold at $1 each at the fundraising event.
This year, 20,000 tickets will be available.
She said this years music lineup promises to be one of the best.
Several local favorites, including Rusty Bladen, the Blues Devils, Madison
Porter and Andra Bladen will be performing.
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