$10 – $20

12th Annual Texas Chili Showdown

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The Thirsty Merchant

12430 Riverside Dr

Valley Village, CA 91607

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NOM NOM NOM!!

Yes, friends, it's that time of year where brave men and women put their chili recipes to the test! A battle of taste, quality ingredients, and presentation. A coming together to celebrate what truly matters in life - the Texas Longhorns and Chili. This year, you can satisfy your munchies in style!

HISTORY - We started this event in 2008 in hopes of bringing a little bit of Texas to Southern California. And we succeeded. The first annual Chili Cook-off at Mr. Pockets in Manhattan Beach was fondly remembered by all and raised thousands of dollars toward our annual scholarship. We have decided this year to try out a new place - The Thirsty Merchant in Studio City. This venue will look familiar to football fans, but the business is fairly new.

DONATION - Please remember that this event supports our scholarship fund. Every year we send at least one freshman student from the SoCal area to The University of Texas. The scholarship amount varies year-to-year, due to the success of our events and generosity of our Texas Exes community. Students largely base their decision of going to UT on whether or not they can afford the tuition. It is our mission to help them make the right Longhorn-based decision by helping ease their financial burdens. Aside from event tickets and raffles, please consider donating to our scholarship fund. We have included a scholarship donation option on here if you feel so inclined. Thank you for your support!

Now for the details!

CHILI EATERS

  • Price of entry will include chili tasting of all teams participating in the cook-off.
  • Drinks can be purchased from the bar (a portion of which will go towards our scholarship fund).
  • For children 12 and under, there is a suggested donation of $10.
  • Tickets will be available at the door on a first come, first served basis for $25 each, however, to guarantee entry, please purchase your ticket now!
  • Each paid ticket will include a single voting ballot to vote on your favorite chili and presentation. Please do not lose your voting ballot. You will not receive an additional ballot if lost.

CHILI COOKS

  • Entry will include admission for up to 2 chefs (additional chefs will have to purchase normal admission tickets) and 2 drink tickets, per team.
  • Cooks will need to make at least 2.5 gallons of chili (NOTE: teams that don't run out usually have a better chance of winning).
  • Winners of the chili cook off will determined by fan vote ONLY. The top 3 winners will be awarded a cash prize and a trophy. Chili submissions do not have to abide by traditional Texas chili standards.
  • We will be giving some sort of award for best presentation. The winner will be determined by fan vote.
  • If your chili contains any ingredients typically associated with allergies, please post a sign nearby.
  • You may serve food/toppings along with your chili, such as chips, cheese or onions.
  • No Cheating! It is against the rules to bribe voters in any way (i.e. an open tab at the bar.) If we suspect that you are cheating, you will be removed from the competition without a refund.
  • Please submit your entry by sending your name, phone number, and your chili team name to theatrebrad@yahoo.com. We will send you additional details on the groundrules and expectations.
  • When serving patrons, please make sure you are checking to make sure they have a wristband. The wristband guarantees that they have checked in and paid their admission fee to vote.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF THE TEXAS EXES TO ATTEND OR COMPETE!

If you have any questions, please email txexesla@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you!


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