Gold Star is the Cincinnati-style chili known for its 13 secret spices that give real Cincy flavor, so we’re celebrating 13 National Chili Days by honoring 13 local Flavor Makers. All for a good cause — to help feed local kids in need by giving a portion of all chili menu items sold* Thursday, February 23 through Tuesday, March 7 to the Freestore Foodbank!

Freestore Foodbank

Meet Gold Star's 2023 Flavor Makers

National Chili Day is about celebrating local flavor, so Gold Star and the Freestore Foodbank have crowned 13 local Flavor Makers — people who are actively working as advocates for the flavor of the city every day!

Help us feed local kids in need!

National Chili Day is our day to bring the Cincinnati community together to help fight childhood hunger. Beginning Thursday, 2/23 through 3/7, Gold Star will donate a portion of all Chili menu items sold to the Freestore Foodbank’s Childhood Hunger Programs. The program's three initiatives include the School Pantry program, Kids Café, and the Power Pack program. These amazing programs work to ensure children in food-insecure households have access to nutritious meals. To donate to the Freestore Foodbank and learn more, click the link below.

Freestore Foodbank Donate to Freestore

*Gold Star will donate 3% of all chili menu items sold from 2/23/23 - 3/7/23 to Freestore Foodbank, up to $25,000. Donations not tax deductible.

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    Our 2022 Flavor Makers

    As we welcome a new class of Flavor Makers, we still want to recognize our 2022 and 2021 Flavor Makers, who are still adding their own flavor to the city!

    Our 2021 Flavor Makers


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