When:
January 20, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm America/Chicago Timezone
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Where:
Fitzgeralds
6615 Roosevelt Rd
Berwyn, IL 60402
USA
Cost:
$25 Early Bird | $30 at Door
Contact:
Lindsey Naughton

$25 Earlybird Admission until 1.14.19

$30 admission after 1.12.19

Kids 12 and under are free!

General admission includes:

Complimentary appetizers and dessert

Full access to chili contest entries

Live music & entertainment

Donation to Opportunity Knocks

Kid's Activity Area | 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

 

This is a family affair, full with a kid-friendly event area that includes engaging games and activities for children. We will also have event staff on hand for supervision so that parents can enjoy some socializing while the kids play.

Kids under 12 enter and eat for free

LIVE MUSIC | 3:00 PM

Join us in the club on the main stage as the True Company Band takes the stage and gets the cook-off rockin’!

NFC Championship | 2:05 PM

On the big screen in the tent, the TVs in the Sidebar and next to the stage in the music club, you won’t miss a second of the NFL action.

INDIVIDUAL CHILI CONTEST

Chef-testants will battle over three rounds for this year’s Chili Cook-Off title! The contest judges will be revealed in advance of the event. Think your chili can win the overall and/or vegetarian divisions? Register now!

MEET THE JUDGES

It’s no small task to sit at the judge’s table at the OK Chili Cook-off. We are grateful to have these professional chefs and chili aficionados taking the charge.

Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

Owner/chef of Big Guy's Sausage in Berwyn

Brendan has been a long-time supporter and partner of OK. His restaurant has been featured on Food Network and was chosen as the best burger in Chicagoland by a Chicagoist.com vote

Mary Ellen Medina

Mary Ellen Medina

Owner of Bishop's Famous Chili in Westmont

Mary Ellen is the great granddaughter of the original owner when the shop opened in 1925. The historic restaurant is still going strong in Westmont and has been featured on the show Chicago’s Best.

Ted Hosty

Ted Hosty

Chef/owner of Old School Tavern and Grill in Forest Park

A long time supporter of Opportunity Knocks, Old School was one of the first restaurants to feature Knockout Pickles and Ted is a past winner of Restaurant Wars at The OK Classic.

Sean Cusick

Sean Cusick

Kitchen Manager at Smoque BBQ in Chicago

Sean is our only returning judge form last year. He works his day job at one of Chicago’s finest BBQ joints. He was also a second place finisher in Restaurant Wars at the OK Classic.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE CHILI CONTEST

This contest is meant to be a fun interactive feature at the event, allowing groups to participate in the event while connecting with this mission. We encourage each group to bring their families and friends out in force, as we always find, the more the merrier and the more people you bring, the more votes you secure! The 2019 contestants will be announced soon…

This contest is meant to be a fun interactive feature at the event, allowing groups to participate in the event while connecting with this mission. We encourage each group to bring their families and friends out in force, as we always find, the more the merrier and the more people you bring, the more votes you secure! The 2019 contestants will be announced soon…

 

PARTNER DIVISION

BATTLE OF THE BREWERS

12:00 PM

 

PROGRAM DIVISION

HUSKIES VS. WARRIORS

2:00 PM

 

Habanero Pepper Sponsors

Poblano Pepper Sponsors

Jalapeno Pepper Sponsors

Banana Pepper SponsorS

Also Contributing

Event Sponsorship

If interested in event sponsorships, please contact Renee Rotatori at: renee@opportunityknocksnow.org

Enter for a chance to win one of this year’s prizes!  For online purchases, please save your confirmation email as proof of purchase. A physical stub will be produced by OK Event Staff and placed in the raffle wheel on the day of the event.

Winner need not be present.

WE NEED YOU!

Volunteers are what make our events so successful. Without you, we couldn’t put on such amazing events. THANK YOU for your time and support. Please consider joining our event staff team to help host another great Chili Cook-Off.