The north Atlanta community of Brookhaven recently hosted the 2nd Annual Brookhaven Chili Cook Off. The event, from the creators of the Brookhaven Beer Fest, featured tastings from more than 60 chili teams to benefit the Atlanta Fundraising Foundation.
Chili teams competed to win awards for Top Amateur Teams, Top Restaurant Teams, Most Spirited Team and People’s Choice, with judging by local food celebrities. The judges in the amateur division were Chef Joey Riley from Kaleidescope Bistro & Pub, Brian Traudt from There, and food blogger Jason Apple from Kitchen Man Can. The restaurant division was judged by Chef Daniel Chance from Campagnolo Restaurant + Bar and Henry’s Midtown Tavern, Cook’s Warehouse owner Mary Moore and food blogger Jimmy Sobeck from Eat It Atlanta.
Competition was tough with a variety of chili flavors and textures. There was sweet corn chili, deer and wild hog chili, spicy jalapeno chili and bean soup chili, to name a few. Tasting was from 12-4 p.m., but many teams ran out early due to the large crowds. Those who did were prepared, though, offering tasty treats like caramel apples, sausage links, and chips and salsa to satisfy festival-goers. It was an event for the entire family, with a train ride and bungee trampoline for kids, lots of cold Budweiser for adults, burgers and dogs grilled to order, arts and crafts vendors, and Atlanta favorite King of Pops. The live music stage featured Sailing to Denver, Ian Schumacher Band and local Brookhaven bands Forje and The Future Babes.
A portion of ticket proceeds went to the Atlanta Fundraising Foundation, a non-profit organization that coordinates events to raise money for a variety of causes. Their current project is an initiative to keep impaired drivers off the streets of Atlanta.