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Ben's History Book Bundle: Breaking Barriers with Chili and Ben's Chili Bowl's 50th Anniversary

Double your reading pleasure with our exclusive book bundle steeped in history and culture.

You'll get an autographed copy of "Breaking Barriers with Chili: Virginia Ali, the Matriarch of DC" and "Ben's Chili Bowl: 50 Years of a Washington, D.C., Landmark."

Breaking Barriers with Chili tells the story of Virginia Ali, who was born in rural Virginia in 1933, moved to DC in '52, and married Howard student Ben Ali in '58, opening Ben's Chili Bowl the same year. Despite setbacks, Mrs. Ali's moral and ethical values, respecting everyone, and perseverance led to this iconic eatery being admired worldwide today. At ninety years young, she still comes to work every day, wearing her pearls, and is the most photographed woman in DC.

Our 50th Anniversary book lets you learn about the history of Ben's Chili Bowl through stunning photos and detailed captions detailing the first 50 years of Ben's.

Both books are in paperback format and autographed, with each copy of Breaking Barriers with Chili featuring a bookplate personally signed by Virginia Ali and the author, Bernard Demczuk, Ph.D.