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
First place: Rich Chili
Second place: Elmo & the Old Quackers
Third place: Lounge Lizard Chili
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