Some Like it HOT Chili Cook-Off / Winner Announced!

Last Saturday, while the Saints were gearing up to dominate the Super Bowl, eight Harvard Square restaurants were gearing up to dominate the chili scene.

Ignoring freezing temperatures, and embracing their inner foodie, hundreds turned out to sample fresh hot rolls from Bertucci’s and the Square’s best chili featuring mouth-watering samplings from Crema Café, Grendel’s Den, Fire + Ice, Redline, Savenor’s, Tommy Doyle’s, Tory Row, and Uno Chicago Grill. We are pleased to announce our 2010 winner!


Tory Row

We wish to thank our restaurants, their servers and staff, our volunteers, Ann Nicolas from the Community Charter School of Cambridge, Jamina Coleman, and our fabulous drummers from Bloco Afro Brazil.

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Thank you,

Denise Jillson
Executive Director

The Harvard Square Business Association (HSBA) welcomes everyone to a FREE “Some Like it HOT Chili Cook-Off” this Saturday February, 6th 2010 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Harvard Square’s 2nd Annual “Some Like it HOT Chili Cook-Off” with entertainment by Marcus Santos and B’loco AfroBrazil will take place on DeGugliemo Plaza (in front of Crema Café on Brattle Street) and is a supah’ pre-Super Bowl event.

Submit your vote for the People’s Choice Award for Best CHILI in Harvard Square after tasting Chili from the following renowned Harvard Square Restaurant Participants:

Crema Café
Grendel’s Den and Restaurant
Fire and Ice
Tommy Doyle’s
Tory Row
Uno Chicago Grill
with HOT Musical Entertainment by Bloco AfroBrazil and HOT rolls compliments of Bertucci’s in Harvard Square.

Here is just a hint at the competition:

Tory Row will be serving Chef Noah Elsass’ award-worthy Braised Beef Chili with melted Vermont Cheddar. The sloooow cooking method combined with a select choice of robust seasonings make the beef so tender and flavorful that this chili is impossible not to love.

Savenor’s will be doing a Hearty Game Chili with Guinness and a hint of blueberries (Game meats to include antelope and venison).

Crema Café has entered their Crema Chicken Chili- a lean and spicy chili garnished with cheddar-jack cheese and scallions.

The Some Like it HOT Chili Cook-off is a featured event of the Winter Carnival in Harvard Square which continues through February 28th 2010.

A few SuperBowl Highlights from Harvard Square:

UpStairs on the Square Present: Sports Trivia; an Extraordinary Super Bowl Party – Super Bowl Sunday, February 7 at 8:45 pm

UpStairs’ sports aficionados Danny Giddings, along with Jotham and Trevor Busfield will host a night of sports trivia during Super Bowl XLIV. Belly up to the bar and test your luck while watching the game. Come see who will reign supreme in our first ever bartender-hosted sports trivia night. Prizes, special bar treats and hilarity promised, along with some off-line wagering (Honest, we didn’t know anything about this, Officer!). Order our favorites served up just for tonight: the hottest Fire Engine Chili, grilled cheese dogs, rib eye steak sandwich, and the best nachos and guacamole (with homemade chips) you ever tasted. And if you are fool enough to show up in a football helmet, you’ll get a platter of our famous Hot Dates.

Bertucci’s has a delicious Super Bowl Promotion! When you buy a large pizza you get the second one at half price. Bertucci’s is also offering an order of 16 Tuscan Wings for $12.50. Super bowl promo is for takeout and delivery guests only!

Tommy Doyle’s will have 25 cent wings, complete with door prizes and giveaways at and TV coverage of the game from every nook and cranny!

Winter Carnival in Harvard Square is sponsored by the Harvard Square Business Association and Boston’s Weekly DIG.

For a complete list of Winter Carnival Events through February 28th please visit