Yes, Texas is known for its chili…but with the pork that’s so often a part local cook-off recipes, people who choose to skip out on that particular beast for religious or health reasons have been kind of left out of the fun. The pork meant Jews, Muslims and others couldn’t sample cook-off chili offerings.
Not so at the annual JCC Kosher Chili Cookoff! February 10th of this year will be the 8th year for the pork-free zone in Texas chili, held at Austin’s JCC campus.
Contestants can choose to enter the meat or the vegetarian division. And to keep everything truly Kosher, the meat division entry fee includes certified Kosher meat, as well as access to all needed cooking utensils.
According to Amy Kritzer, The Austin Jewish Outlook’s food writer, the event was started by the grandfather of this year’s event chair Jerrod Kogut. This year’s cook-off also includes arts and crafts, kids activities, and great food, and promises to be a full day of fun for families.
The competition and the event are open to the public. Entry fees for a meat-chili team of 4 are $250, with meat provided. Vegetarian teams have an entry fee of $125 (and yes, I will be there sampling those veggie chilis!)
Not ready to cook? Admission the event for everyone else is $12 for adults, $10 for students and free for kids under 4 (or over 65, for the young at heart!)