Peabody chili cook-off heats up Feb. 9

This is chili weather! (Unless, of course, it’s 72 degrees when you’re reading this like it was last month. Who knows.) But it’s February, and that means it’s time for the Sixth Annual Cooper-Young/Peabody PTA Chili Cook-off! If you cook, find your best recipe. If you taste, grab five bucks, stretch out your taste buds and meet us on Feb. 9.

Mandy Grisham (left) and Rep. Steve Cohen (center) announce winners of the 2012 Peabody Elementary Chili Cook-Off.

Over the past five years, we’ve raised more than $7,500 toward beautification on and around the Peabody Elementary campus. We’ve installed new play equipment, new landscaping, fresh paint and other exterior improvements that help Peabody and Cooper-Young shine for visitors and residents alike.

Last year, we had a congressman, a mayor and three celebrity judges. We can’t guarantee such political royalty this year, but we do promise even more celebrity judges. You won’t believe who will agree to sit on a school stage for an hour and half and taste chili.

So, in just a few short days, no matter the weather, there will be lots of hot, delicious chili available for your consumption in the Peabody Elementary Cafetorium. And, despite what our moms taught us, we’re going to judge. Our distinguished panel of judges will give awards in the following categories: Judges’ Choice, People’s Choice, Best Vegetarian, Best Hot and Best Classroom, a new category featuring chili prepared by teams of teachers, students and parents from Peabody.

Soak those beans, brown that beef, plug in that Crock-Pot and meet us at Peabody Elementary on Saturday, Feb. 9 at high noon to see who takes home the prizes this year. It’s only $15 to register before Feb. 1 ($20 after Feb. 1). Visit for registration information and pay online.

If you only want to eat the chili, you can do that, too. Five bucks gets you four generous tastings (more than enough to count as lunch) and a drink. And new this year: for $2, kids can get a grilled cheese and a lemonade. Get there early when the chili is still warm and — well — still there. We’ll crown the winners at 1:30 sharp. Don’t miss it.

– By Josh Spickler

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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