The 13th Annual Chili Cook Off

Sunday, January 17, 2021 | 12:00-5:00pm

Location | Fitzgerald’s Night Club

Come join us for the NFL’s Divisional Playoffs, an epic chili throw-down, great live music and great friends getting together for a great cause.

Purchase Tickets NowRegister For Chili Contest

Event Info

$25 pre-purchase | $30 at the door
Includes:
Complimentary app buffet from Beyond Events
Full access to all chili
Live entertainment
Donation to Opportunity Knocks
Kids 12 and under free

Kid's Activity Area

Sponsored by

       

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

Join us in the club on the main stage as the The Belvederes takes the stage and gets the cook-off rockin’! 

Music Begins @ 3:30 PM

NFC Divisional Playoffs

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.

11:00 AM Registration
CHILI CHEF REGISTRATION BEGINS (CHEFS ONLY)
 
11:30 AM Chili Judging
INDIVIDUAL CHILI JUDGING BEGINS
12:00 PM Chili Cookoff
THE CHILI COOK-OFF BEGINS (OPEN TO PUBLIC)
BEGIN PEOPLE’S CHOICE COMPETITION #1
12:45 PM ChilI TASTING
INDIVIDUAL CHILI TASTING IS OPEN TO ALL EVENT ATTENDEES
1:45 PM CHILI WINNERS
CHILI CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED:
INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION & PEOPLE’S CHOICE ROUND 1
2:00 PM BEGIN pc #2
BEGIN PEOPLE’S CHOICE (PC) COMPETITION #2 | NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
3:00 PM PC #2 WINNERS
RAFFLE DRAWING & ANNOUNCE WINNERS OF ROUND 2 OF PEOPLE’S CHOICE COMPETITION
3:30 PM LIVE MUSIC
BEGIN LIVE MUSIC
4:30 PM PC #3 WINNERS
RAFFLE DRAWING & ANNOUNCE WINNERS OF ROUND 3 PEOPLE’S CHOICE

Get Involved

@ the Chili Cook-off

Compete
Compete

as a Chili Chef

Sponsor
Sponsor

Join our team of community partners

Attend Event
Attend Event

as a Chili & OK enthusiast

Raffle
Raffle

Great prizes, great odds

Donate
Donate

in lieu of attendance

Volunteer
Volunteer

Join the event staff team

Chili Sponsors

 

Habanero Pepper Sponsors

Jalapeno Pepper Sponsors

Poblano Pepper Sponsors

Banana Pepper SponsorS

Also Contributing

The Chili Contest

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!

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…

The Chili Contest

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!

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…

People’s Choice Matchups

 

Beyond Catering vs Big Guys Sausage Stand | 12pm

Oak Leyden vs OK Life Shop | 2pm

People’s Choice Competition #3 will begin at 3:15pm.

Competitors are TBD.

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.

Lou Lio

Lou Lio

KCC Catering

Sweet Lou is a professionally trained chef and works part time with Knockout Catering as a chef and coach. Lou is a past contestant of this event and is looking forward to trying all the chilis.

Erik Williams

Erik Williams

Owner of Carnivore

Erik will also be returning as judge for the third time this year. He is one of the owners of Carnviore in Oak Park, which has appeared on WGN’s Chicago’s Best and been named one of the best burgers by the Chicago Tribune.

Tom Kunkel

Tom Kunkel

Owner of Urban Pioneer Group

Tom will be judging the chili contest for the first time this year. He owns and operates Urban Pioneer Group, along with his wife Sheila, which has been doing many exciting collaborations with the community including a pop up that featured Knockout Catering along with other local companies.

Sean Cusick

Sean Cusick

Executive Chef at Smoque BBQ in Chicago

Sean is the Executive Chef at Smoque BBQ in Chicago, one of the cities best BBQ joints. This is his third year as a judge and he is excited to see what new ideas people have this year.

Raffle Prizes

 

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 does NOT need to be present

1st Prize

Mexico Trip

8 days at the luxurious Grande Luxxe Vidanta. Choose from 7 prime locations. Up to 4 adults and 4 children. Airfare not included.

2nd Prize

Hawks Tickets

2 Chicago Blackhawks Tickets vs. the Florida Panthers

Come witness Coach Q’s return to the UC!

3rd Prize

Chili Serving Kit

One 6-qt. Cast-Iron Dutch Oven with 6 colorful porcelain serving bowls.

Serve your next batch of chili with style!

Join the Team

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.

Join the Team

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.

Interested in Sponsoring?

Opportunity knocks is built on great partnerships. Connecting with our community through creative alliances is paramount to our mission impact. If you are considering sponsorship as a way to to get involved, please drop us a line here so that we can connect with details. 

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