Chillin’ with Chili

Eat and Greet at the 3rd Annual Cooper-Young Chili Cook-Off

By Mandy Grisham

[singlepic id=21 w=320 h=240 mode=web20 float=left]Sure, it’s chilly outside, but there will be chili inside at the 3rd Annual Cooper-Young Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, February 27th! Bring your best pot of chili to enter in the contest or simply your appetite to try them all out. Proceeds will go toward lighting and beautification for the new Peabody playground. Prizes will be awarded to the block clubs with the greatest participation (cooks and tasters), so round up all your neighbors and work up a good appetite on your stroll over.

The Chili Cook-Off will be held on Saturday, February 27th at 12 pm in the Peabody School cafeteria. Prizes will be given for the following categories: Most Unusual Chili, Vegetarian Chili, Hottest Chili, Best Block Club, Judges’ Choice, and People’s Choice. Judges for the competition will be Channel 5’s morning news anchor, Kym Clark, Central BBQ’s (and Felix Avenue resident) Craig Blondis, and Ching’s Hot Wing’s Neicey Bobo (also a Felix Avenue resident and Peabody Parent).

How to Enter Your Chili: Send your name, address, phone number, and email to the CYCA office (2298 Young Avenue) along with the $15 entrance fee. We will accept the first 25 paid entries. Your chili will be judged on taste, consistency, and aroma. The People’s Choice prize will be awarded to the entry that collects the most donations from tasters. You may use gimmicks, costumes, decorations, and even cute babies to draw attention to your chili! More details will be given to you once you register.

How to Taste the Chili: Tickets for tasters (that means everyone in attendance) will be available at the door for $5. This will get you 4 samples, 1 bowl, and 1 drink. Additional samples, bowls, and drinks are available for purchase.

How to Volunteer: 5 volunteers are needed to help set up (11 am–12 pm), 5 volunteers are needed to help clean up (2–3 pm), and 5 volunteers are needed to assist the cooks during the competition (12–2 pm). Please send an email to if you would like to volunteer.


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