Neighborhoods Chili Cook-Off

Saturday, September 13, 2014



The Neighborhoods Chili Cook-Off presented by Vietti Foods Company will be held on Saturday, September 13. The chili cook-off is a team competition (2-4 team members). 

Each team will prepare their chili prior to arrival. The team must make enough chili for at least 12 (10 oz.) servings. Following the Announcement of Winners, each team will serve complimentary tastings to the attendees. We will provide the tasting cups and small spoons. Each team is encouraged to create a table display (see Guidelines below).


2010 - present

Neighborhoods Chili Cook-Off Rules


  1. The chili must be homemade, NOT bought in a store or restaurant.

  2. Chili is defined as any kind of meat, or combination of meats, cooked with chili peppers, various other spices and other ingredients. No ingredient is forbidden (unless forbidden by law).

  3. Teams are comprised of no less than two (2) people and no more than four (4).

  4. Pre-cooking must be done ahead of time. It must be cooked, and arrive, by 10:15 a.m. on the day of the event. Judging will begin promptly at 10:45 a.m. The decision of the judges is final.

  5. Each team must provide their own ingredients, cooking and serving utensils, and pots or crockpots, etc. They must provide a way to keep the chili warm from 10:15 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Electricity will be provided for each team.

  6. Each team is responsible for preparing their chili in accordance with acceptable home sanitation procedures. If the meat is prepared before the event day, it must be well-refrigerated in the interim.

  7. Each team must cook a minimum of 12 (10 oz.) servings (about the size of a large crockpot).

  8. The Nashville Neighborhoods Celebration will supply table space (approximately 4 foot), electrical outlet, and tasting spoons, bowls, and napkins. Each team will be responsible for serving samples to the participants until 12:30 p.m.


2010 - present

Judging for the Cook-Off


Each team will be judged at their table by 3 judges. Judging will be based on the 5 categories listed below. Teams will be ranked on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being unsatisfactory and 5 being exceptional) in each category. The team with the highest combined score will win the contest. The categories for the competition are as follows:


Texture – The texture of the chili should not be tough, or mushy.

Flavor – The spices should be well-blended and permeate the meat.

Consistency – The chili should be a smooth combination of meat and sauce, and not to thin or thick.

Aroma – The smell should be appealing and not overwhelming.

Appearance – The chili should look appetizing. It should look bright and colorful, not dull or bland.


In the event of a tie for highest combined score, the judges will vote to decide a winner. The decision of the judges is final.

Guidelines for Table Display


Each Neighborhood or Community Organization that participates in the Neighborhoods Chili Cook Off is invited to create a 4’ (wide) x 3’ (tall) display to be hung behind their team’s serving area Below are some guidelines for the displays:


  1. The display must be light-weight as they will be hung from the tent support poles. We recommend foam board (foam core / gator board) as this is relatively inexpensive and very light.

  2. The display should be creative and show off the best of the neighborhood or community AND the organization that they represent.

  3. We recommend LARGE LETTERS, as most viewers will be standing about 4-6 feet from the display. You may want to think of three words that best describe your neighborhood or community and then provide LARGE graphics (artwork) or pictures that relate to those words.

  4. The displays must be ready-to-hang (this includes holes or hook and rope or wire to attach to the tent support pole).

  5. All displays must be set up by the time of judging.

Register for Competition


Downloand/Print Information Packet w/ Registration Form


Online Registration



Eldridge "Ronnie" Simmons, Neighborhoods Chili Cook-Off Coordinator


615.782.8212 (Leave Message)

Presenting Event Sponsor

Neighborhoods Chili Cook-Off

Media Partners

Neighborhoods Showcase

Music Stage

William H Freeman


Free Activities for Kids

Mark A and Belinda R Wright


Information Bazaar

Kay and Richard Bowers

Volunteer T-Shirts

Fair in the City Partner


Major Blue Ribbon Sponsors

Major Red Ribbon Sponsors


James D. Shulman Living Trust

Mayor's Office of Neighborhoods


H Keith Barnes

Don Charest

Brett A Withers



Major White Ribbon Sponsors



Buena Vista Neighborhood Association

Caldwell-Abbay Hall Neighborhood Association

Light in the Nations


William Northrup

James & Karlene Polk

Van Pinnock

Colby Sledge & Lindsey Harris

Russ and Sophia Lee Sims

Jeff Syracuse

Supporting Ally Sponsors


Kelly Johnson

Mouzon Siddiqi

Supporting Friend Sponsors


Joseph D Freeman

Beverly Jacobs

Eldridge "Ronnie" Simmons

Gary Stewart

Thomas H Wilson, Jr.

Special Thanks To


Billy Fields

Davidson County Sheriff's Office

Flatrock Coffee

Hunter's Cee Bee Grocery Store

Metro Beautification / Public Works

Metro Parks & Recreation

Office of Emergency Management