This Sunday, thousands of Milwaukeeans will flock to the MSOE Kern Center for WMSE’s 18th annual Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser. Once again, the station has rounded up some of the city’s most skilled chili connoisseurs to vie for titles like Best Meat, Best Veggie, Best Heat, Most Unique, and Best Display. This year will also have special Milwaukee Fire Department vs Milwaukee Police Department contest.

Beyond the chili pepper races, beer from Lakefront Brewery, and musical accompaniment by Long Line Riders, this year’s Rockabilly Chili will also feature more than 50 Milwaukee restaurants, cafes, and caterers serving up a cavalcade of chili samples to the masses.

If the sheer abundance of establishments taking part in the radio station’s ever-popular and awesome chili blowout seems intimidating, we might be able to help. We’ve asked WMSE for the full vendor list for this weekend’s Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser. So here it is!


The Lowlands Group (Cafe Hollander)
Odd Duck
Black Shoe Hospitality
Hector’s – A Mexican Restaurant
Von Trier
Cafe LuLu
Rollin Smoke
Crafty Cow
The National Café
Grand Ballroom Of Cudahy
MSOE Aladdin Foods
Nessun Dorma
The Old German Beer Hall
Stubby’s Gastrogrub & Beer Bar
Honeypie Cafe/Palomino
Hacienda Beer Co.
Good Harvest Market
Transfer Pizzeria Café
Public Table
Lakefront Brewery
The Old German Beer Hall
Puddler’s Hall
Cafe Corazon
Milwaukee Burger Company
Kettle Range Meat Company
The Bay
SALA Modern Sicilian Dining


The Ladle Lady LLC
Fuel Cafe Center Street
Odd Duck
Strange Town
Black Shoe Hospitality
Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub
Brewed Cafe
Riverwest Co-Op
Nessun Dorma
Beans & Barley
Good Harvest Market
Balzac Wine Bar
Company Brewing
Transfer Pizzeria Café
Public Table
Comet Cafe

Fire Department

(Competing on behalf of Ignite The Spirit)

Greenfield Fire Department
Milwaukee Fire Department Training Academy
Milwaukee Fire Station 5

Police Department

(Competing on behalf of Milwaukee Police Department Fallen Heroes)

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Before co-founding Milwaukee Record, Tyler Maas wrote for virtually every Milwaukee publication (except Wassup! Magazine). He lives in Bay View and enjoys both stuff and things.