Those who attended SCV Chili Cook Off 2016 got to taste the creations of more than 40 chili chefs, and cast votes for first place, second place, third place and People’s Choice awards. A panel of expert judges also critiqued each chili.
Santa Clarita-based Whitening Lightning Teeth Whitening Products and Gerard Cosmetics was this year’s presenting sponsor, and proceeds from the event will benefit Single Mothers’ Outreach, the SCV Food Pantry and Straightening Reins.
“It’s an incredible event,” said co-organizer Nicole Stinson, of Estate Realty Group, as the cook off got underway. “It’s the first year we’ve done it outdoors … We’ve always had it at the Hyatt. We just wanted to bring an outdoor feel to it this year.”
Stinson said participants enjoyed the open venue and the fresh air. “I’m hoping everyone’s having a good time supporting these charities,” she said. “I prayed for no rain and it’s 90 degrees and we’re eating hot chili — come on, how can you beat that?”
The SCV Chili Cook Off included general and VIP admission, a cigar lounge, live music by the G3 Band, dancing and a silent auction.
“It’s just an event where the community comes out,” Stinson said. “It’s not like your typical fundraiser, where it’s just the same business people. We have a mixture of … people, like families coming in and learning about the resources we have in Santa Clarita.”
Stinson was pleased to report this year’s SCV Chili Cook Off was completely sold out.