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The Authentic History of Cincinnati Chili

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The story of our most identifiable dish.

If one food continues to define our city, it’s Cincinnati-style chili. Brian O’Donnell explored the story behind our most identifiable dish with  Dan Woellert, author of the book, The Authentic History of Cincinnati Chili, which looks at its early inception, and the growth of a variety of chili parlors, serving their own recipes. Joining in the conversation were Chris Kiradjief and John Kiradjief from the Empress Chili restaurants.

Jay Hanselman brings more than 10 years experience as a news anchor and reporter to 91.7 WVXU. He came to WVXU from WNKU, where he hosted the local broadcast of All Things Considered. Hanselman has been recognized for his reporting by the Kentucky AP Broadcasters Association, the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and the Ohio AP Broadcasters.