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The Carmel Valley Chamber of Commerce (CVCC) will host the 23rd Annual Chili Cook-off on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at The River Ranch at Carmel Valley Ranch located at One Old Ranch Road, Carmel, California.  The event will begin at 5:00 pm with over 25 professional and amateur contestants and conclude at 8:00 pm. Leave it to Carmel Valley to bring the best professional chefs in the county combined with pure hearted, chili-loving amateur chefs to compete in a beautiful setting while sipping on unique margaritas prepared especially to please ones palette for a winning vote.

Chili chefs and Margarita Bartenders will be competing for a People’s Choice award or the coveted “Golden Ladle” award voted on by our expert foodie judges. To compete in the Professional or Amateur Chili and/or the Professional Margarita competition visit to download the Sign-Up forms.  Awards will be given to each category in first, second and third place.  Past contestants included, Will's Fargo, Carmel Valley Market, Carmel Valley Ranch, Los Laureles Lodge, Santa Lucia Preserve, and many more.


Tickets include one glass of wine from Carmel Valley Wine Experience or soda, Earthbound Farm Farm Stand salad and an e-photo compliments of Pocketful of Plans.   Margaritas and Beer are available for purchase.

ATTENTION-- The need for the victims is still very real. We are asking each attendee of the Chili Cook-off - happening this Wednesday the 21st at Carmel Valley Ranch, the River Ranch to donate HEALTHY non-perishable food and/or gift cards. In return we will enter your name into a raffle for a Valley Hills Deli & BBQ gift basket and Carmel Valley Event tickets and more!! Winner of the raffle will be announced at the Chili Cook-off after the awards.  All donations will be delivered the next day to the Moose Lodge of Monterey.

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Carmel Valley Ranch
One Old Ranch Road,
Carmel, CA 93923