Elmo & the Old Quackers snags July Fourth Chili Cook-Off title

Other winners include Ada's Cafe, Team Vineyard and EPA Can Do

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

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Posted by What ever happened to Chug a Lug University?
a resident of Esther Clark Park
on Jul 7, 2015 at 10:38 am

Those guys could really put away the beer and I think they also made some damn good chili if I remember correctly. Did they have any Rattle Snake Chili this year?

Great hometown and community spirit event. Reminds me of the old days in Palo Alto when we actually knew our neighbors and actively cared about them.

Glad to see that Ada's Cafe put themselves on the map. I love what the ADA in the name stands for. Don't know whether everyone knew that it stands for Americans With Disabilities.

On a similar note, I was really heartbroken to read that the Magical Bridge playground has already been vandalized. What a magical place that is. A place where all can mix and have a great time on their fabulous equipment.

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Posted by Lois
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jul 7, 2015 at 12:03 pm

Not a bit surprised that the Magical Bridge was hit with graffiti. Graffiti is always apprearing on the container at the back entrance to Mitchell Park.

The issue of possible graffiti at the Magical Bridge was raised at meetings before it was even built, and I heard that everything would be covered so graffiti would not stick, obviously it didn't work. Expect more graffiti.

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Posted by ChrisC
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 8, 2015 at 2:00 pm

ChrisC is a registered user.

Weren't there vegetarian competitors this year?

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