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West Sacramento Chili Cook-off c/o Our Lady of Grace School 1990 Linden Road West Sacramento, CA 95691

The Chili Cook-off is the place to showcase your skills. We want to show the region, the state and the country the top-notch, farm-to-fork, gourmet, dining experience Sacramento has to offer while supporting a great cause.

All proceeds from this fun-filled cook-off event (think live music, local breweries, local wineries, great food) will be donated to the Our Lady of Grace School (a 501c3 charity).  If your restaurant uses fresh, local ingredients and you’re interested in competing in Sacramento’s premier chili cook-off event, please fill out the application below.

Some quick points:

  • 🌶 The event will be held in November 2019 Ace of Spades from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Ace of Spades in Midtown. (Final date to be determined)
  • 🌶 There will be a one-hour VIP tasting hour starting at 6:00, with general admission, starting at 7:00 p.m. Chili tasting will go until 9:00 p.m. with awards announced shortly after tasting ends.
  • 🌶 We’re expecting an attendance of 350+ gourmet chili loving, farm-to-fork supporting, hungry foodies to attend this event. Each attendee will be served with many 3-ounce servings of chili they can eat. Be prepared. 
  • 🌶 There is no cost to compete.
  • 🌶 You’ll be serving up chili samples to all attendees (3-ounce serving can include toppings)
  • 🌶 You will be cooking up gourmet, bad @ss chili in an off the hook location!
  • 🌶 We will have an official panel judging the cook-off as well as a People’s Choice 🏆 winner decided by event attendees. (If we get 3 or more veggie/vegan competitors - there will be a special category for them, too) 
  • 🌶 There is no fee for restaurants to compete in the Chili Cook-off. We provide the crowd, signage, fun times (and libations) you provide the donation of chili. 
  • 🌶 While we’d love to have every awesome restaurant in the Sacramento compete, we have limited spots available for the competition. This form is to help us gauge interest in who wants to be a part of this event.
  • 🌶 We’ll be choosing up to 15 of the Sacramento area's restaurants that sign up to participate. 

Chili competitors are limited to restaurants, caterers, food truck operators, and professional chefs. Due to limited space, not all applicants may be selected to compete. Competitors will be notified at least 3 weeks before the event. 

Any questions, please contact us. We’d love to hear from you! After you fill out the form, we will confirm receipt of the application. More event details and updates will be provided as the event date nears.

Thank you for your interest in being a competitor in the River City Chili Cook-off. Due to limited space, the competition is open to restaurants, caterers, food truck operators, and professional chefs.

Please look for an email from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. confirming your registration. You will find a form attached to that information, which should be returned ASAP, but no later than Friday, November 1, 2019.  

If you have any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


We reserve the right to select participants.

Please fill out the following contact information. 


Our Sponsors

Featured Spirit
Featured Spirit Tito's
Tito's Handmade Vodka will be featured for the 4th year in a row in our signature cocktail.
Beverage Sponsor
Beverage Sponsor Pepsi
Pepsi products will proudly be poured at the River City Chili Cook-Off.
Shots Bar Sponsor
Shots Bar Sponsor Yelp!
Yelp Sacramento is proud to present our all-new shots bar!
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PNO Sponsor Jung's ATA
Kids over 4-years of age can come to Jung's ATA Martial Arts of Southport from 5-10 p.m. on 11/16 for FREE if their parents have tickets the cook-off. Must pre-register.
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