Garden City Cafe Makes it Three Straight Chili Cook Off Wins

Tony Grabanica and his staff at the Garden City Cafe won first place in the Chili Cook Off contest in the Restaurant Category for the third year in a row as the Downtown Development Authority hosted the Eighth Annual Chili Cook Off & Car and Motorcycle Show. Alberts on the Alley and Leon’s Restaurant took second and third place respectively.

The Garden City Football Team took first-place honors in the Amateur category besting 17 other entrants. The Garden City Firefighters came in second with the “Dynamic Duo of Tony & Thom” taking third place.

Alberts on the Alley was judged to have the best table theme for Restaurants, while the Fit Chick Food Company took the honors for the Amateurs.

Alberts on the Alley and Leons were first and second in the Peoples Choice vote, with the GCOTHA and the Firefighters heading up the Amateurs in the same vote.

The DDA and the Garden City Business Alliance paired up to host the Afterburn, which ran from 5pm until 9pm in the beer tent with music provided by Bonnie & the Working Girls.

See the photos from the Chili Cook Off and the Afterburn.

This is What We Do

The mission of the Garden City Downtown Development Authority is to enhance the quality of life for Garden City residents through revitalization of the downtown district.

The DDA’s operating philosophy is built upon the principle that strengthening a core area benefits the entire community, improving property values not only in the core district, but throughout the community.

This is done by promoting economic growth, encouraging expansion of commercial enterprises in the downtown district, and by eliminating the causes of deterioration.

We also work with business leaders and community organizations to sponsor events in the downtown district such as the annual Chili Cookoff, Lucky Squirrel Festival, Willie the Pig Road Rally, and the Santaland Parade.

These events help draw city residents downtown and foster a sense of community.

Learn More About the DDA