We are thrilled to announce that the 2014 Lone Star Chili Cook-off will be on June 7th at the West 79th Street Boat Basin from 12-5pm. As with past years, the event will include all-you-can-drink beer and all-you-can-eat chili. Tickets will go on sale in the coming days.
We couldn't be more excited for the event this year, but we understand that the June date and venue change might raise some questions, so we wanted to be as transparent as possible on how this year’s event came to be.
Beekman Beer Garden, our venue from the last two years, is no longer available due to the demolition of Pier 17. As a result, in December 2013, we began looking at new venues. The staff at Beekman offered to make another similar downtown venue available to us for May 10th. In January, we came to an agreement on the date, but a contract couldn't be signed until we finalized event sponsorships. We were assured we had a "soft hold" on the venue for May 10th.
After finalizing sponsorships in early February, we asked for a contract from the venue and found out that another group had been given priority for our “soft hold” date. We immediately asked for a contract for our backup date.
Over the next month, as we waited for Beekman, our committee continued to actively review other options. After an entire month of excuses from the Beekman management team on why they hadn’t provided a contract, we were finally told that the venue would not be available for our event regardless of the date. No adequate explanation was ever given.
We then decided that the best option for our event, based on capacity, layout, availability, and cost was clearly the West 79th Street Boat Basin. We immediately booked the earliest date available which was June 7th. We understand that there are other popular events that weekend and we certainly considered that when selecting this date.
With the information we gathered in our search, we can promise that we are doing everything we can to return the Lone Star Chili Cook-off to a May date in 2015.
Hook ‘Em Horns and we hope to see you on June 7th,
Lone Star Chili Cook-off Committee
Texas Exes - New York Chapter