Competitive Clintonville cooks can head to Maple Grove United Methodist Church from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday to compete for the title of best chili in the neighborhood.

Competitive Clintonville cooks can head to Maple Grove United Methodist Church from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday to compete for the title of best chili in the neighborhood.

For the second year in a row, the church, 7 W. Henderson Road, will host a Chili Bowl. For $5, chili enthusiasts can sample the entrees and vote on their favorites.

Last year's contest brought in 28 chili recipes, and even more are expected this year, said Miriam Bowers Abbott, one of the event's organizers.

Returning for this year's competition will be last year's people's choice winner, Weiland's Gourmet Market, and the judge's choice, Clintonville resident Tina Brehm.

Brehm said last year's winning recipe was a basic, hearty chili recipe that she'll try to replicate for this year's competition.

"I think that it was just a good hearty chili, not too spicy, nothing weird, just a good chili," Brehm said. "Why change a good thing?"

This year's chilies will be judged by a panel of local pastors, assembled by Maple Grove Pastor Bill Croy. Croy said he will not return as a judge this year.

"I enjoy particularly spicy things, chili included, and I don't think that would be a good measuring tool for a chili contest," Croy said. "And, I enjoy walking around conversing with neighbors and church members who are attending and those who are competing."

Proceeds will benefit the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center. Last year's event raised more than $1,000 for the CRC and the Whetstone Community Center renovation project, Abbott said.

"You don't have to be rich to go to a benefit or share with those less fortunate," Abbott said. "And we have so many awesome cooks in Clintonville, it's a great way to showcase the community's cooking talents."

Those interested in entering their recipes in the Chili Bowl can e-mail Abbott at allthedish@hotmail.com.