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Meatless Match-Up: Tony's Darts Away Hosts Vegan Chili Cook-off This Weekend

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With the gloomy weather rolling in, we couldn't possibly think of anything better than a piping hot bowl of chili. And if said bowl comes with a little less guilt, then all the better. Which is why this weekend's vegan chili cook-off at Tony's Darts Away sounds so utterly appetizing.

Competitors throwing down for the meat-free challenge include Alex Brown and Evan George, authors of The Hot Knives Vegetarian Cookbook; Randy Clemens, author of The Sriracha Cookbook ; Randal St. Clair, executive chef beer-centric restaurant Tony's Darts Away; Stuffed Animals chefs Juvenal Rodriguez and Courtney Konuch; and Nic Adler, proud vegan and owner of The Roxy. Adler was the winner of the 2009 Malibu Chili Cook Off, so he's got a lot at stake.

Editor-in-Chief of Vegetarian Times, Elizabeth Turner and famous vegan blogger Quarry Girl will be judging alongside the carnivorous, KBBQ-loving LA Weekly Food Blogger/Restaurant Critic, Garrett Snyder. But they're not the only ones who get some say in the matter; there will be a judge’s choice and people’s choice awarded at the end of the competition.

Entry to this year's cook-off, which goes from 12-6 p.m., is $10 and includes a taste of each of the five chilis and a voting ballot. You'll want to bring extra dough, of course, because all that stew will require some brew. You can find more of the vitals here.