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10th Annual Chili Challenge

To benefit Boys & Girls Club of ROchester

2018 Winners

FROM THE PROFESSIONAL JUDGES

The Real Deal: Rochester Sand & Gravel with Half Barrel Kitchen & Bar
2) TIE: Boys & Girls Club of Rochester & Five West

Anything Goes: Somerby Golf Club
2) Premier Banks Rochester with Pappy’s Place
3) Think Mutual Bank

Vegetarian: 40 Below (Rochester Area Builders)
2) People’s Food Co-op
3) Smith Schafer & Associates
 

FROM THE PUBLIC VOTING

People's Choice: Think Mutual Bank

Spicy Spirit: Mayo Clinic KER Unit & Morrison Healthcare

Kids' Choice: Premier Banks Rochester with Pappy’s Place

Cash Cow: KER Unit & Morrison Healthcare

HOMEBREW CONTEST

Brewers' Choice: John Eischen, "Dunkel Trouble” Munich Dunkel

People's Choice: Heather Walsh, “Jimmy Clark” American Wheat

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Thursday, September 27  |  4-8 pm  |  Peace Plaza, Downtown Rochester

Chili Challenge is a family-friendly event to generate community and financial support for Boys & Girls Club of Rochester. Over 2,500 attendees will sample chilies from more than 25 participants including local businesses, restaurants, and other community representatives. The event will offer family activities, music, decorated booths, and a variety of chilies and other foods to enjoy. Attendees of our popular Homebrew Contest will sample beer made by dozens of local homebrewers and Rochester’s craft breweries!

Thank you to our Chili Challenge Committee!

Marketing
Rachel Bohman
Heather Nessler
Samantha Rossi

Volunteer Coordination
Andrea Roshan
Lindsey Sowers

Additional Support
Tamara Berg
Delia Clark
Scott Hoss

Staff
Lori Trotman, Director of Marketing & Special Events

Co-Chairs
Naura Anderson
Bonnie McGoon

Team Acquisition
Rudy Naul
Stephen Pascoe
Lindsey Sowers

Homebrew Contest
John Eishen
Kerk Johnson

Entertainment
Stacey Albers
Tony Joseph

SMOKIN' SPONSORs

 
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Saucy Sponsor

 
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STAGE & ENTERTAINMENT SPONSORS

MEDIA PARTNERS

 
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Homebrew Contest Sponsors

 
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Additional Support

SPONSORSHIP

Our generous sponsors provide much-needed support for Boys & Girls Club of Rochester programs. Please contact Lori Trotman, Director of Marketing & Special Events, to further discuss sponsorship opportunities: ltrotman@bgclubroch.com or 507.226.0107.


SPONSORSHIP LEVELS:


SMOKIN':  $5,000 

  • One chili entry and booth space

  • Ten (10) tickets to the event

  • Logo placement on all advertising and event materials, including event program, event signage, and Chili Challenge and Boys & Girls Club of Rochester websites

  • Six (6) reciprocal social media mentions


ZESTY:  $2,500

  • One chili entry and booth space

  • Eight (8) tickets to the event

  • Logo placement on promotional poster, event program, event signage, and Chili Challenge and Boys & Girls Club of Rochester websites

  • Four (4) reciprocal social media mentions


SAUCY:  $1,250  

  • One chili entry and booth space

  • Six (6) tickets to the event

  • Logo placement on promotional poster, event program, event signage, and Chili Challenge and Boys & Girls Club of Rochester websites

  • Three (3) reciprocal social media mentions

CHILI TEAM:  $330 

  • One chili entry and booth space

  • Logo recognition on event signage, event program, and Chili Challenge website

  • Four (4) tickets to the event

  • One (1) reciprocal social media mention

ACTIVITY:  $300

  • Recognition at one of the event activities

  • One banner displayed at event

  • Four tickets to event

 

Click here to download more information about sponsorship.

2018 CHILI TEAMS

Click here to see past event winners in all categories!

 

Want to Participate?

Teams can be made up of individuals from businesses and corporations, a group of private individuals with a darn good recipe, or commercial vendors that are willing to pit their talents against anyone – all for a great cause!  Want in on the action? Here's what you need to know:
 

Chilies will be judged  in a blind tasting by a panel of judges in the following categories*:                    

  • The Real Deal - any kind of meat or combination of meats, cooked with chili peppers, various other spices, and other ingredients with the exception of items such as beans or pasta, which are strictly forbidden

  • Anything Goes - the name says it all

  • Vegetarian - this is a chili made without any meat products

*Each category will have a limited number of entries available - early registration is strongly encouraged!
 

The following categories will be judged by the public:

  • Peoples’ Choice - people attending the Chili Challenge will vote on their favorite chili

  • Spicy Spirit - people attending the Chili Challenge will vote on their favorite decorated booth and enthusiastic team

  • Kids’ Choice - kids attending the Chili Challenge will vote on their favorite chili

Click here to download the team information & registration form.

Participation fee:  $330 per team, or $600 to participate as a promoted team
(additional sponsorship benefits at higher levels)

Pay Your Registration Fee Online

All chili must be prepared in a commercial kitchen. Boys & Girls Club of Rochester has a list of available commercial kitchens in the community; if you need help finding a kitchen, please contact Lori Trotman at 507-226-0107 or ltrotman@bgclubroch.org.

All participants must register in advance and adhere to all rules and regulations set forth by Boys & Girls Club of Rochester and Olmsted County Public Health.  

HOMEBREW COMPETITION

2018 will be the fourth year of our popular Homebrew Competition. Dozens of local beer enthusiasts will offer samples of their home-brewed beer for tasting, side-by-side with Rochester’s craft brewing companies. We invite you to participate in this increasingly popular competition!


PARTICIPATION LEVELS:

BREWING CO.:  One Keg + $330 donation 

  • One booth space for serving beer samples

  • Four (4) tickets to the event

  • Logo placement on event program, signage, and Chili Challenge website

  • Two (2) reciprocal social media mentions


HOMEBREWER:  5 Gallon + $10 donation

  • One craft beer entry & booth space

  • One ticket to the event

  • Individual recognition at event

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

DOES THE BEER NEED TO BE BOTTLED AND LABELED? 

The homebrew donation requirement is five gallons; beer may be in bottles or a keg. Labels are not necessary, but we will ask for the name and style of your brew. Tasting cups will be provided by BGCR.

HOW MANY BEERS CAN I ENTER?  

Registrations are taken on a first come, first served basis and there are a limited number of entries. In our inaugural year, participants are welcome to bring multiple brews, as long as you provide the minimum five gallon donation of each.

WHAT STYLES OF BEERS ARE ACCEPTED?  

Our theme is “Beers that pair well with chili,” so the style you choose is up to you. All entries will be judged based on the same criteria, not categorized by style. (See GRAND PRIZE section below for stipulations for the "Brewer's Choice" winner.)

HOW IS THE COMPETITION JUDGED?             Note:  BREWER’S CHOICE JUDGING TAKES PLACE SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

The Homebrew Competition will be judged in two different categories - Brewer’s Choice (done between four teams: one professional brewer with one BJCP [Beer Judge Certification Program] judge per team), Best of Show, and People’s Choice (voted on by event attendees). 

IS MY DONATION TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?  

Boys & Girls Club of Rochester is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Please consult with your tax professional regarding the specifics of this charitable contribution and any potential deductions.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT FOOD SAFETY/LEGAL DISCLOSURE:

All beverages must be made and transported in containers and equipment that shall not allow the migration of toxic substances.

State law requires each station to include a disclosure related to home brew that states “the unlicensed naturally fermented fruit juices or beer being offered is homemade and not subject to state inspection, and may be consumed by persons over the age of 21 at their own risk.” The notice must include the name and address of the person who processed and bottled the beverage. This will be provided to participants by BGCR and must remain visible in the participant’s booth.

A member of the Chili Challenge committee will be reaching out to you in late August to collect specific information about your beer for promotional material, signage, etc...

 

 
 

GRAND PRIZE:

Homebrewers will compete for not only bragging rights, but the opportunity to have your beer brewed and on tap at Kinney Creek Brewery in Rochester! Winner of the “Brewers' Choice” competition will be invited to brew their winning recipe* with Head Brewer Donovan Seitz. The winning beer will be offered on tap at Kinney Creek and $1 of each pint sold will be donated back to the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester.

*Limited to styles that can be brewed and conditioned with the equipment available at Kinney Creek.

All participants must register in advance and adhere to all rules and regulations set forth by Boys & Girls Club of Rochester and Olmsted County Public Health.

Click here to download the Homebrew information & registration form.

 
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Entertainment

This year’s entertainment will be DJ music from Rochester favorite Apollo Music Group. Throughout the evening, several members of Boys & Girls Club of Rochester will take the stage to share their talents from dance, to singing, and more!


ACTIVITES & CONCESSIONS

Chili Challenge will have a variety of activities for the entire family! Activity tickets are $1 each and available for purchase at the event, both individually or as a 20-credit punch card for $20. Activities range from 0 – 5 tickets to participate. Here are a few ideas of what you can look forward to at this year’s event:

Med City Escape Challenge
Micro-sculptures with the Neon Green Mobile Art Studio
Face Painting & Henna
Cotton Candy
Hot Dogs (great with chili on top!)
Pop-up Play with MN Children’s Museum Rochester

Photo Booth with Salt & Pepper Photography
Giant Bounce House
Toddler Bounce House
Kids’ Yoga with Yoga Tribe
Giant Jenga, Hammerschlagen & Bean Bags
Ice Cream & Candy from The Chocolate Twist

 

Thank You to our 2018 Activity Sponsors

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Get your tickets today

Save $5 per adult ticket when you purchase in advance!

Group Tickets Available

If you would like to purchase a multiple-ticket package, please contact Lori Trotman at 507-287-2316 or ltrotman@bgclubroch.org.