Taste Santa Cruz Mountains chili varieties at St. Andrew’s Chili Cook Off Sept. 19

Amateur chefs will be competing in Ben Lomond for bragging rights as Master Chili Chef

Iron-kettle chefs in the San Lorenzo Valley will be bringing pots of their specialty chili recipes to Ben Lomond on Sunday, Sept. 19 for the annual St. Andrew’s Chili Cook Off.

The lines begin forming for the taste fest beginning at noon following Sunday services at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, at Riverside Avenue and Glen Arbor Road in Ben Lomond, one short block off Highway 9.

In addition to the trophy for the best chili, all attendees will be voting for prize certificates in several other categories, including Best Vegetarian, Hottest Chili, Kids’ Favorite Chili and others.

Tickets for the Chili Cook Off are $10. and each ticket includes salad, beverage, a chance to get a taste portion of every single chili entry, plus a contest ballot. Based on past years’ entries, there should be a chili to match every taste.

The cook off promises to be “hotly” contested, with all ballots to be counted and winning chilies announced shortly before 3 pm., or when the chili runs out.

To taste samples of the best, most original chili recipes in the Santa Cruz Mountains, head to Ben Lomond, noon to 3 p.m., on Sunday, Sept. 19, for the annual St. Andrew’s Chili Cook Off.

For information about competing in the St. Andrew’s Chili Cook Off, call 831-336-5157.

For more information and media inquiries, contact Barry Holtzclaw, at 831-246-0648.


About mountain barry

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., I grew up in a beautiful small town, where I could bicycle to the local golf course and to the Buffalo Bills training camp. My dad was from Kentucky and was a Naval officer in WW II. My mom was from a similar small town and could beat my dad at golf. I started my first publication, a weekly newspaper, in 9th grade, and have been at it ever since: college newspaper, graduate school, college press service, daily newspapers in New York, North Carolina and Kansas, business journals in Kansas and California; also corporate communications/p.r. in Kansas and the SF Bay Area. I have two beautiful children, one extraordinary grandson, three remarkable stepchildren and a patient, loving wife who also happens to be an eBay trading assistant. My dogs, cat, gardens and the basketball goal in the driveway round out the picture of my home in a small town in the redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains, where mornings are foggy and afternoons are sunny.
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