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Getting warmer, but still chili

Chili is on the menu tonight in the Front Burner kitchen. It has evaded me all winter, so today I’m going to be sure to get a big hearty pot of it going, with extras to put aside (because everybody knows leftover chili is better than first-day chili) and a skillet of cornbread to go with it.

If you’re craving chili but can’t get it on the stove, our Weekender section offers a few options for you in the coming days.

Gray Ghost Vineyards in Amissville is putting on a venison chili weekend. It runs noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at $15. Reservations are recommended and you can find more information here.

In Caroline County, the Frog Level Volunteer Fire Department will be having its Drive-Thru Chili Sale to benefit the Dawn Library on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. Chili is $8 a quart. Address is 30240 Richmond Turnpike in Ruther Glen.

In non-chili-related happenings, Hartwood Winery will be hosting its Mid-Winter Festival Saturday and Sunday at the winery at 345 Hartwood Road in Stafford County. The $15 event will offer wine tastings, tours, light hors d’oeuvres, artwork by Dee Ann Layton, live music and offerings from Unicorn Winery. Runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., for more information call 540/752-4893.

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