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West Sacramento Chili Cook-off c/o Our Lady of Grace School 1990 Linden Road West Sacramento, CA 95691


Thank you for your interest in being a competitor in the 2017 West Sacramento Chili Cook-off. Due to limited space, the competition is open to restaurants, caterers and professional chefs/competitors. This form is broken into 3 sections. Please fill out the form completely. If you have any questions, please contact Michael or Angela.

Please fill out the following contact information. 


Please continue to page 2 to provide information about your chili.


Please continue to page 3 for the rules and regulations. 

  1. The cook-off site will open at 4 p.m. for registration and set up. A mandatory team meeting with cook-off officials will be at 4:45 p.m. to review rules. The public begins to arrive at 5:30 p.m. and serving begins at 6 p.m. Teams will begin serving chili to judges at 5:15 p.m., so don’t be late. 
  2. Teams will be assigned a 6’ rectangular table with electrical hookups preparation area. 
  3. Each team is responsible for all ingredients, utensils and accessories necessary to cook and warm chili. This includes water, cook stove, chafing dish or Crockpot. Event will be held indoors so no outdoor cooking equipment will be permitted. Each team must supply all cooking equipment: propane camp stove, grills, generators, etc. (No electrical outlets are available, but water will be).
  4. Chili powder and other spices are fine and dandy, but complete commercial chili mixes are not permitted. Thickeners such as corn meal, masa or flour are allowed – so are canned tomatoes, chipoltes and beans. Hate to be this obvious, but no canned chili is allowed ... just sayin’.
  5. Chili should arrive at the event at a temperature of no higher than 41 degrees and shall be heated and maintained at a temperature no less than 140 degrees. Please keep chili tightly covered when not serving.
  6. All ingredients must come from approved food sources, so it’s absolutely safe for public consumption (No roadkill). 
  7. Teams are responsible for their area and chili.
  8. All cooking must be done in a sanitary manner. Conditions are subject to inspection by the chief judge. Failure to comply is subject to disqualification of the team. 
  9. Chili must be ready to serve before arrival. Minor finishing is permissible on site prior to the event. 
  10. At no time should you leave cooked chili unattended (for safety and integrity reasons).
  11. Teams are encouraged, urged and otherwise motivated to decorate their area, including advertising signage, as long as it does not obstruct the view of adjacent tables.   
  12. Each contestant will be assigned a contestant number by the chief scorekeeper and given a styrofoam cup with lid for their chili. An official of the cook-off will deliver the chili entries to the judges for a blind taste test.
  13. Judges will announce the West Sacramento Chili Cook-off winner around 9 p.m. The winning team will be presented with bragging-rights and trophy. The decision of the judges is final.
  14. Each team will donate its chili to the West Sacramento Chili Cook-off for consumption. Each team is expected to dispense their chili to attendees at 6 p.m. Bowls and spoons will be provided by West Sacramento Chili Cook-off.
  15. Attendees will select the People’s Choice Award. Attendees will each be given a ticket to give to their favorite chili and/or team. The team with the most tickets wins. It’s up to you to entice them to try your chili and cast their vote for you. The more chili you have, the more votes you can get – but a minimum of 4 gallons is required. People’s Choice Award winner will also receive a nice trophy.

Our Sponsors

Title Sponsor
Title Sponsor Coming soon!
Coming soon the 2017 West Sacramento Chili Cook-Off title sponsor!
Sponsor Chili Sponsor
The Chili Sponsor has naming rights to the chili tasting room and has an official judge.
Bar Sponsor
Bar Sponsor Bar Sponsor
The 2017 West Sac Chili Cook-Off's bar sponsor will help select the event's signature drink.
Spirit Donated by
Spirit Donated by Tito's Handmade Vodka
Tito’s Handmade Vodka is produced in Austin at Texas’ oldest legal distillery. We make it in batches, use old-fashioned pot stills, and taste-test every batch.
All Sponsors
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The West Sacramento Chili Cook-off wouldn't be a success if not for our gracious sponsors.