Cooper-Young/Peabody PTA Chili Cook-off heats up Feb. 8


It’s chili weather again! It’s February, and that means it’s time for the Seventh 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 at noon on Feb. 8.

Over the past six years, we’ve raised close to $10,000 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.

We’ve got returning celebrity judges and some new Cooper-Young faces as well. You won’t believe who will agree to sit on a school stage for an hour and half and taste chili! This year we welcome the guys from Memphis Made Brewing to the stage to join the FedExForum voice of the Grizzlies and Peabody parent, Rick Trotter; award-winning chef and owner of Sweet Grass, Ryan Trimm; and Shelby County Schools’ director of nutrition services and star of Cafeteria Man, Tony Geraci.

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 NEW Wild Card category (To qualify for Wild Card, tell us in two sentences what makes your chili special, e.g. local ingredient, kid-cooked, family recipe, school garden ingredient, etc.)

Soak those beans, brown that beef, plug in that Crock-Pot and meet us at Peabody Elementary on Saturday, Feb. 8 at high noon to see who takes home the prizes this year. It’s only $15 to register before Feb. 2 ($20 after Feb. 2). Visit for registration information.

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 just like last 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.

– 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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