Cooks sought for annual Chili Cook-Off |

Cooks sought for annual Chili Cook-Off

EAGLE-VAIL — Calling all cooks! The Eagle-Vail Community Garden is currently recruiting cooks, both professional and amateur, for its annual Chili Cook-Off that will be held on Oct. 19 at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion from 4 to 6 p.m. The first 200 guests will receive a limited edition mug.

A vegetable chili, white chili and 10 bean chili were favorites in last year’s event. Some cooks used locally hunted venison and elk to create a true Eagle County chili; others brought oyster crackers, shredded pepper jack, or jalapeños as toppings. Last year, David Courtney, owner of Beaver Liquors and Eagle-Vail resident, won the grand prize, an Eagle-Vail family pool pass.

Win A Garden Plot

This year, all participating amateur cooks will be entered into a drawing to win a garden plot for summer 2015. Cooks are asked to prepare two large crock pots of chili and arrive with extension cords to be sure to keep the chili hot. Attendees will taste test all the different concoctions and then vote for their favorite amateur chili as well as their favorite restaurant chili. While deciding on their favorite chili, guests can enjoy drinks from the cash bar.

Interested? Register online at and look under the “Garden Events” page. Cooks are asked to register by Friday.

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