This IS Yo’ Mama’s Chili Cook-Off

Last year, Rose Rock hosted it’s first Chili Cook-off as a new annual fundraiser for the school.  An unusually warm and sunny day, the event was a welcome gathering to shake off the “winter blues”, kick back and chat with friends and enjoy a tasty bowl of homemade chili.

This year’s chili cook-off is being held on Saturday, February 25 from 5-7 pm at the school grounds, 1515 W. Main Street.  

Entry fee is $10 for adults and $5 for children.  Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be for sale. If you bring your own drink cup, one adult drink is on us!

Like last year, a panel of judges will be selecting winners in three categories.  A fourth winner will be selected as Kid’s Choice, and an overall “crowd favorite” will be selected by all adult attendees.  All winners will take home a prize!

The categories and their parameters are as follows:

  • Traditionally Tasty:  This is your classic chili flavor- meat, peppers, onions, garlic, and a blend of spices that includes chili powder.  Beans or no beans. An appetizing red-brownish color (no white in this category).  While not necessarily spicy, it must have a “bite” to it for the true chili flavor.
  • Spiciest: A traditional red or white chili with a solid kick! Judges will evaluate based on the marriage of heat and flavor, not just the amount of heat.
  • Unique:  This is where you can push the boundaries and get creative! Observe the general “traditionally tasty” guidelines but expand upon it with varieties of meat or no meat, the addition of different vegetables or fruits, and so forth. Examples would be a white chili or a chili verde.
  • Kid’s Choice: This will be judged by the children in attendance.  It can be any child-friendly variety of chili, but must contain chili powder.

If you would like to enter the contest, please arrive at 4:30 pm with your entry. Tables will be set with categories marked and power strips for plugging in crock-pots.  You are welcome to bring anything to “add to the experience” of your chili, such as one of last year’s favorites “Detroit-style”- Fritos on the bottom, cheese and onions on the top.  Entries will be numbered on site but names are an optional addition.  Judging will commence at 5:00 pm and the crowd will begin tasting at 5:15.  Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at 6:30 pm.

We hope to see you there!