By IAN SKOTTE
To kick off 2013, The Beechcraft Heritage Museum, The Exchange and the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center will host the annual Tullahoma Area Chamber of Commerce “chili” set for 11 a.m. Tuesday.
The chili will be provided by conference center chefs Bart O’Dare and Michael Osborne.
O’Dare has won two silver medals in competitions hosted by the American Culinary Federation (ACF). Osborne is a certified executive chef and was recently inducted into the American Academy of Chefs. Osborne has won numerous medals and awards from the ACF and has served as Middle Tennessee chapter president for the past four years.
For next week’s chili, networking, door prizes and fun will be provided, according to Diane Bryant, Chamber executive director.
The Beechcraft Heritage Museum offers a rich history in Beechcraft aviation to the local community, according to executive assistant Tammy Cowan.
“The museum began as the Staggerwing Museum Foundation in 1973,” she said. “And then in April 2007 it became the Beechcraft Heritage Museum. It’s our commitment to promoting aviation education and preserving the heritage nurtured by generations of enthusiasts of all Beechcraft models from 1932 through the present.”
The museum is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday from March through November, and by appointment only December through February at 570 Old Shelbyville Hwy.
According to Cowan, the 2013 annual Beech Party is scheduled for Oct. 16-20.