Whether you want to compete or just want to eat, you don’t want to miss the Division of Information Technology‘s annual Chili Cook-Off on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in room 131 of the Robert Scott Small Building.

Held every year in conjunction with IT’s annual Toys for Tots toy drive, the Chili Cook-Off is a great chance to impress your colleagues with your chili recipe, get some lunch and contribute to a worthy cause all at the same time.

You may even leave with more than bragging rights, a full tummy and a full heart: A trophy will be awarded to this year’s winner!

“They will keep it safe for a year and perhaps battle for it again in future Chili Cook-Offs,” says Teena Ham, IT’s training program coordinator, who is also in charge of the cook-off.

To take part in this year’s Chili Cook-Off, faculty and staff must complete this form and indicate the way(s) they want to participate:

  • Attend Lunch: To sample the chilis, attendees must donate a toy or $10 (to be used to purchase a toy) for Toys for Tots. Ham asks that attendees make their donations before Dec. 6 to reserve their lunch tickets. Lunch will be served from 11:45 to 1:30 (while supplies last).
  • Compete: Cooks may submit beef chili (with or without beans), chicken chili or vegetarian chili and are asked to indicate whether their entries are mild, medium or hot. Chili should be delivered in a crockpot with a serving spoon to RSS 131 by 11:15 a.m. Competitors must collect their crockpots and other items by 2:30 p.m. that day.
  • Judge: There are five judge positions. Judging time is at 11:30 a.m. Judges may not compete.
  • Volunteer: Volunteers are needed to set up, serve, clean up and assist judges.
  • Contribute: Needs include desserts, drinks/ice, side items (e.g., cornbread), garnishes (e.g., sour cream) and/or paper product/utensil supplies. All items should be delivered to RSS 131 between 9 and 10 a.m. on Dec. 9.

For more information, email Teena Ham at hamtl@cofc.edu.