On Sunday, November 7, at the Hicks Family Ranch, our esteemed Chili Teams from across Central Texas will share their delicious and inventive creations with attendees and celebrity judges. Our Teams will be competing with each other virtually in advance of the Cook-Off with their own creative Chili Team fundraising pages and on-site with tastings and offers.
We will award: Peoples’ Choice, Critics’ Choice and Best In Show, from the votes of those with their boots on the ground and spoons out.
The ARN Chili Cook-Off will also feature desserts and drinks, a lively auction, a live music set and a Sober Jam - where guests are encouraged to bring their instruments of choice and step up to the mic!
100% of the proceeds from the ARN Chili Cook-Off go to support the work of the Austin Recovery Network and our affiliated programs providing substance use disorder treatment for pregnant women and women with young children, outpatient services, a sober high school, a recovery-centered alternative peer group for youth and emerging adults and recovery alumni.
You might just be a Contender for our Chili Cook-Off.
ARN Chili Contenders (Teams) will be provided with a gift card to a local grocer for supplies of your choosing and asked to provide sample-sized portions of chili to a crowd of 200 + 7 judges on Sunday, November 7, at the Hicks Family Ranch in Buda.
Each Contender will not only have the opportunity to win prizes on-site, The People’s Choice Award and The Critics Choice Award, but, prior to the Cook-Off, the team that raises the most money in support of their chili will win the Best in Show Award. Each Contender will have their own personalized, fundraising page to spread the word of their chili, get votes and support. Give-aways, secret sauce hints, fan favorites, tiktok videos - it’s totally up to you to be creative and fire it up!
At the event, ARN will provide a table, table cloth, tent, standardized signage, power and voting materials. We will also provide small cups and spoons - though, if presentation is an important part of your chili, you are welcome and encouraged to bring your own. How you deck out your team and your tent - again, the sky’s the limit.
Your chili will be judged by folks in attendance as well as by a panel of 7 Judges - comprised of Celebrity Chefs and ACTUAL JUDGES, including...
The Honorable Darlene Byrne,
The Honorable Brandy Mueller
& The Honorable Cliff Brown.
For more information on becoming a Chili Cook-Off Contender, please email Leya Samiloglu at email@example.com.