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Holy Cross Academy Presents its annual event at Raley Field’s Western Health Advantage Legacy Club


WEST SACRAMENTO – November 19, 2016 from 6 to 10pm in the Legacy Club at Raley Field – gives Sacramento area residents a chance to taste the best chili in the Capitol area – all to support education!  

 The West Sacramento Chili Cook-off presented by Holy Cross Academy and the Sacramento River Cats will feature approximately a dozen, including de Vere’s Irish Pub, Dos Coyotes Boarder Café, Asante Catering, 524 Mexican Restaurant, The Porch and other Capitol Area chefs facing off for bragging rights to the best chili. Tickets are on sale now at The event will feature a silent auction, chili sampling and raffle. The cash bar will have a signature cocktail featuring Tito's Handmade Vodka and brews from Laguintas Brewing Co. 

“This is an amazing community event that supports a great cause,” said Amy Hale, Principal at Holy Cross Academy. “We’re very fortunate to so many local businesses, restaurants and caterers who are supporting us."

The event has a limited capacity of 350 tickets, and as of Friday, September 30, 2016, over 120 tickets have already been sold. 

About Holy Cross Academy

Founded in 1957, Holy Cross Academy is a Diocese of Sacramento school, which serves approximately 150 students in transition kindergarten through eighth grade with diverse backgrounds and from a broad geographic area. For more information visit:, or call (916) 373-1313.



The 5th Annual fundraiser has a new name, location, and benefactor. 


(WEST SACRAMENTO) Our Lady of Grace School (OLG) in West Sacramento is proud to announce the 5th Annual River City Chili Cook-off, on November 18, 2017, from 6:00 pm-10:00 pm at Ace of Spades in midtown Sacramento. Tickets are just $30 per person, and all the proceeds from the event will benefit educational programs at the school. 

The Chili Cook-off started in 2013 at Holy Cross Academy in West Sacramento. Due to the events overwhelming popularity, it was moved to Raley Field’s Western Health Advantage Legacy Club and renamed the West Sac Chili Cook-off in 2015. In honor of Holy Cross Academy, which closed in May, OLG will now host the event.

“I was the Principal at Holy Cross when this event started,” said Laura MacDonald, principal at OLG. “Having OLG continue on the chili cook-off is a great way to honor Holy Cross’s legacy. Plus, it’s a really fun event,” she continued. 

“People love the chili cook-off,” said Michael Babowal, chair of the River City Chili Cook-off. "We sold out the past 2 years and needed a larger venue. We were fortunate enough to have a connection at Ace of Spades,” Babowal continued. “Once Ace of Spades became a reality, we wanted to represent both West Sacramento and Sacramento, so we changed the name to the River City Chili Cook-off,” Babowal explained.

Participants in this year’s chili cook-off already include the 2016 Judge’s and People’s Choice champion - Dos Coyotes, Burgers and Brew, Asanté Catering, Stoney’s Rockin’ Rodeo, The Golden Bear, Origami Asian Grill, Lenise’s Café, Cecil's Taste, and Cali Love New American Street Food with more applications coming in daily. The organizers anticipate 15-20 local restaurants. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to Tickets are $30 per person or $35 after November 1 and are available online, at the Ace of Spades box office located at 1417 R Street, Sacramento, or Our Lady of Grace School located at 1990 Linden Road, West Sacramento. 



Our Sponsors

Title Sponsor
Title Sponsor Yelp Sacramento
The 2017 River City Chili Cook-Off is presented by Yelp Sacramento!
Chili Tasting Sponsor
Chili Tasting Sponsor XL Construction
The Chili Tasting area is proudly presented by XL Construction.
Bar Sponsor
Bar Sponsor Laborers Local 185
Enjoy cocktails featuring Tito's Handmade Vodka and Preservation & Co. premium mixers at the L185 bar.
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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.
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The River City Chili Cook-off wouldn't be a success if not for our gracious sponsors.