This year, the Clarendon Alliance is pleased to serve as the new home for the “DC CHILI COOKOFF”. This exciting event is sanctioned by the International Chili Society and the winners will qualify to advance to the World Championship Chili Cookoff this October in Palm Springs, California.
There will be 4 categories in the competition, and you can sign up to compete!
Traditional Red Chili is any kind of meat or combination of meats, cooked with red chili peppers, various spices and other ingredients, with the exception of BEANS and PASTA which are strictly forbidden.
The winner in the Red Chili Competition: John Daly, Palmyra, VA
Chili Verde (Green Chili)
Chili Verde is any kind of meat or combination of meats, cooked with green chili peppers, various spices and other ingredients, with the exception of BEANS and PASTA which are strictly forbidden.
The winner in the Chili Verde Competition: Carrie Parker, Leesburg, VA
Salsa must be made on-site by combining food-safe ingredients by the contestant. In other words, you can chop/dice/slice all the ingredients you want, and season your salsa dish with spices on-site. Home-canned salsa ingredients may certainly be delicious, but Arlington County food regulations don’t allow you to bring home-canned food and and serve it our event.
The winner in the Salsa Competition: Rick Sievering, Bethesda, MD
Homestyle chili is the cook’s favorite combination of ingredients resulting in a dish seasoned with chili peppers and spices. There will be no restriction or requirement as to the ingredients, but the entry must have chili pepper flavor.
The winner in the Homestyle Competition: Doug Johnson, Harrisburg, PA
People’s Choice Chili is governed by the SPONSORING ORGANIZATION and cookoff chairman of each cookoff, NOT THE ICS. The chairman can require (a) 2 gallons maximum in lieu of a cash entry fee; (b) 1 gallon maximum in addition to a cash entry fee or (c) a cash fee. Non-compliance by a contestant of the chairman’s requirement will result in disqualification. Discrimination by cookoff officials will result in non-sanctioning of their event the following year. PEOPLE’S CHOICE CHILIL MUST CONTAIN BEANS.
All are welcome to join us and watch the entries being prepared for the competition, taste the chili or enter the competition. Please see the Official Chili website for entry procedures at: www.chilicookoff.com
More than $2,000 was raised at Clarendon Day 2013 for the Chili Cookoff beneficiary, the Wounded Warriors Project.
We are happy to report that the ICS wants to return to Clarendon Day next year!