For several years now St Joseph, MI has hosted a Chili Tour for Charity. It is held on the last Friday of January in downtown. Participating restaurants or they call them “Chili Stops” give you a chance to stop by and try their chili between 5 PM – 8 PM. The chili tour starts off by you stopping by the Welcome Center and paying a small fee and picking up your Chili Tour Map and then hit each location for a sample of their chili. A portion of the net proceeds will be donated to charity. Through the years they have donated to Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen. The restaurants have their chili judged by a panel and hope to be able to brag that won the Chili Pepper trophy for the year. There is also a People’s Choice Chili Pepper trophy. Guests are asked to vote for their favorite chili.