2015 Stamford Charity Chili Cook-Off Heating up SM+NC on November 1

20 Oct

Stamford Chili Cookoff

Okay, we know. We saw your Facebook pictures of 3 snowflakes in the air on Saturday, freaking out because of the snow. Yeah, how crazy, right? Snow when it’s cold out! So crazy! But, you know what’s not crazy . . . do you know what is freaking awesome? The Stamford Charity Chili Cook-Off!

This is the 8th year that this great event has been simmering and stewing and it continues at Stamford Museum & Nature Center November 1 from 11-3. Like years past, you’ll be able to taste chili from the contestants (some professional, some home chefs) then vote in your favorites. But, this year, things are being kicked up a few notches with some guest judges like tennis star and Olympic gold medalist Gigi Fernandez and John Velasco from Tacos Guadalajara. In addition, you might have heard of the two other judges: US. Yup, we’ll be presenting our own trophy for the most nomworthy chili of the day.

Here are the heat-bringers:

  1. Polly Messer and Grayson Hugh
  2. Joe Kuntz
  3. John Tarleton
  4. Bobby LeRose (from Bobby Q’s and Bobby Q’s Pit Stop)
  5. Ryan Tufts
  6. George Dallas
  7. Steve Nevard
  8. Bob Sanders, Karen W. David, and Staci Feinstein
  9. Brian Ash
  10. Bill Warncke
  11. Travis Coleman
  12. Tejas Pathak
  13. Julio Hermenejildo (Local Kitchen & Beer Bar)
  14. Elisa Gorman
  15. Christopher Teixeira
  16. JM Wright Tech HS Culinary Arts Class w/ Chef Francine Bove
  17. Stamford Mayor David Martin and Thomas Madden (Director of Economic Development)

Entrance to the Cookoff is a suggested $10 donation or is nothing if you bring a bag of non-perishable food items. Either way, the food that you donate goes right to The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County who is looking to stock their shelves. Cash donations at the door go to the Food Bank and also to Stamford Museum & Nature Center who does awesome work, too.

Please note that you will also need to pay for entry to Stamford Museum & Nature Center, but after or before the contest you can tour their awesome facility, garden, and say hi to all the animals. Yes, there are goats and alpacas . . . and if you’re bringing the kids, there will also be a massive Touch-a-Truck Event!

We hope to see you there!


Adults: $10
Seniors (65+): $8
Students (18+): $6 (with valid ID)
Children (4-17) $5
Members and children 3 and under – Free

Those who arrive on the city bus and are holding bus passes or bus transfer tickets are admitted free.

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