Guilford Park and Rec to Hold Chili Cook Off Jan. 27th

Do You Make the Best Chili in Guilford? Show off your best recipe at Guilford Park and Recreation's Annual Chili and Soup Cook off.


Guilford Park and Rec will warm up our cold winter days with their annual Chili and Soup Cook Off Sunday, January 27th. Join judges and guests from 3 PM to 5 PM at the Community Center to taste the best Chili Guilford cooks have to offer!

"The event is open to all Guilford residents and the rules are very simple," explains Ellen Clow, Recreation Supervisor at Guilford Park and Rec. "Just bring a quart of your chili or soup to the center with a list of ingredients you used, and you're in."

Not into making a traditional chili recipe? Not a problem.

"You can make any type of chili you would like," Clow tells Guilford Patch. "Last year we had folks enter a Chicken Chili, a Sausage one, even a veggie one, so the possibilities are endless."

This year, the Park and Rec also opted to add a Kids Dessert Cook off to get the whole family involved. The rules are simple with this Cook off too: just bring in enough dessert to feed eight, along with the ingredients you used, it's that easy!

"We're also really excited to feature live music this year by 'Take Two and Call Me in the Morning,'" concluded Clow. "The band features Dr. Rob Nolfo of Guilford Pediatrics, along with several other local doctors, and non-doctors."

Need some recipe ideas to get you started? Check out some recipes from Patch's own resident chef Fay Abrahamsson:

Killer Chili: Chicken and White Bean Chili

Slow Cooker Chili

Cincinnati-Style Chili

If you're planning on attending, be on the lookout for Guilford Patch: I've been invited to be a judge! Thanks to Ellen for the invite, and I'm looking forward to trying all of your delicious recipes!

Register for the event on the Guilford Park and Rec website

Annette Woodcock January 08, 2013 at 02:02 PM
Do you have to enter a Chili to attend or will there be a charge at the door for people who would like to come, but don't cook?
Lauren Lanzon January 09, 2013 at 02:53 AM
Hi Annette, Ellen says that all are welcome to come and listen to the music - the event is free of charge!
Annette Woodcock January 12, 2013 at 12:44 AM
I clicked the website above where it says to register, but can't find where to register. How are you wanting this brought in? Should it be hot/cold. Do you need it in crock pots? Is all this info posted somewhere? Sorry for all the questions if it's posted somewhere.
Lauren Lanzon January 16, 2013 at 11:11 PM
Hi Annette, The chili cook off is under special events on the website. Ellen said that Chili could come hot or warm. Last year some brought their chili on a crook pot...Some in a pan that they kept in a warmer. Once folks register they will receive an email with more detailed registration. Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any further questions!
5 Alarm Friend January 27, 2013 at 09:53 PM
The chili was great, but the band, Take Two and Call Me in the Morning, was positively on fire! Where else do they play in the area? I'd love to see them on the green I the summer.


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