Elmo & the Old Quackers bested 15 returning teams and five new competitors to take the top prize of Best Overall in this year's Chili Cook-Off on Saturday at Palo Alto's Mitchell Park.
Longtime competitor Elmo also snagged the No. 1 spot in the open division and Best Decorated Booth. The Best Overall honor was determined by a panel of volunteer judges, which has typically included City Council members and other officials.
Ada's Cafe took the No. 1 spot in the corporate category (for teams entering as a company or organization) as well as Best Spirit (for being the most engaging, fun and spirited).
Ada's, which is located at Mitchell Community Center, is a startup enterprise that employs people with disabilities to prepare and serve food.
The 34th annual event, which took place July 4, featured live music from Rockin' Down The Hiway, children's activities and food vendors, including food trucks and an ice cream and dessert parlor.
The full results from the 2015 Summer Festival and Chili Cook-Off are:
Best Overall Chili: Elmo & the Old Quackers
Best Chili: Open Division
First place: Elmo & the Old Quackers
Second place: Secret Mountain Laboratory Chili
Third place: Good King Wench and Lass
Best Chili: Corporate Division
First place: Ada's Cafe
Second place: EPA Can Do
Third place: The Constabulary
Best Chili: People's Choice: Team Vineyard
Best Spirit: Ada's Cafe
Best Decorated Booth: Elmo & the Old Quackers