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Rich Chili wins July Fourth Chili Cook-Off

Other awards include Best Spirit, Best Booth, Youth's Choice

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Rich Chili, a team largely comprised of professional chefs for Google, took the top prize of Best Overall in this year's Chili Cook-Off on Friday, July 4, in Palo Alto. Twelve returning teams and four new competitors participated in the 33rd annual competition.

Last year, Rich Chili took three titles: People's Choice, Youth Choice and First Place in the open division, a title previously held by longtime competitor Elmo & the Old Quackers. Elmo took second place in the open division this year.

EPA Can Do, or East Palo Alto Community Alliance Neighborhood Development Organization, snagged the No. 1 spot in the corporate division, the category for teams entering as a company or organization.

EPA Can Do's mission is to develop and maintain affordable housing in East Palo Alto.

Downtown Streets Team and the Hope Center of Palo Alto also participated for the first time this year.

Team Vineyard, which took third place in the corporate division, asked attendees to vote not only on their chili, but also to select a Palo Alto-based community organization to which the team would donate $1,000. Disability-services nonprofit Abilities United won the funds, a team representative said Monday.

Tin Pot Creamery took home the People's Choice title in the ice cream taste-off, added to the summer festival for the first time this year. Tin Pot, which competed against Scoop Microcreamery and Green Girl Bakeshop, was also awarded Best Overall ice cream by a panel of judges.


The full results from the 33rd annual Summer Festival and Chili Cook-Off:

Best Overall Chili: Rich Chili

Open Division

First place: Rich Chili

Second place: Elmo & the Old Quackers

Third place: Lounge Lizard Chili

Corporate Division

First place: EPA Can Do

Second place: Golden Slaters

Third place: Team Vineyard

Best Spirit: Palo Alto Y & the Ace of Sandwiches

Best Decorated Booth: Elmo & the Old Quackers

People's Choice: Team Vineyard

Youth Choice: Team Vineyard

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Posted by Brick
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 8, 2014 at 10:55 am

This event stunk, stunk, stunk. Too many people and not enough chili or ice cream.

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Posted by Rich
a resident of Los Altos
on Jul 8, 2014 at 11:09 am

I got there early and never got to taste any chili. Lines were long and they ran out of chili. After 2 -40 minute waits, I gave up. I thought it was a great idea but not that much fun.

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Posted by Corporations are People
a resident of another community
on Jul 8, 2014 at 11:32 am

"Rich Chili, a team largely comprised of professional chefs for Google".

They should have been included in the Corporate Division instead of the Open Division.

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Posted by Love the tradirion
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 8, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Something needs to change in order to keep people interested. Lines too long. Icecream a disaster, running out of chili after waiting 40 min, and not being able to vote.
Help this event. I like the tradition.
Where was Ada's??
I paid and wasted tickets due to sold out and long lines this year.

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Posted by KP
a resident of South of Midtown
on Jul 8, 2014 at 12:55 pm

YAAAY!! Congrats Team Rich's Chili!
I love the Chili Cookoff. It's great to hear about the new ice cream event. I, too, wish they would get more organized and plan better for the tastings. They ALWAYS run out. We usually bring our own food and wine and enjoy friends and family.
Sorry I missed this year's event. I'm sure my driveway was completely utilized.

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Posted by Dev
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jul 8, 2014 at 2:26 pm

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Not that I would ever stand in line for 30+ minutes for a taste of chili, but if for some reason this event was more organized I might consider a >30 minute wait.

Let's get it together Palo Alto.
Congrats Rich Chili!

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Posted by Matthew Martin
a resident of another community
on Jul 8, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Congrats to Rich Chili... their chili was indeed amazing. Overall great event! The Goldenslate team was fortunate to be apart of the festivities and loved the camaraderie between the competing booths. We were pleasantly surprise to be honored with 2nd place in the corporate division (being that it was our first year out). For more photos check out the Chili Cookoff album on

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