Chilly weather and chili beans

JSL Cook-off

The fourth annual Junior Service League Chili Cook-off will be held on Saturday in the Sailor’s Cove parking lot. More than 20 teams will compete for the title of “Best Chili in Port St. Joe.”

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 09:20 AM.

Thanksgiving is behind us and Port St. Joe is gearing up for a staple of the holiday season: the fourth annual Junior Service League Chili Cook-off.

The event will kick off at noon this Saturday in its new location in the Sailor’s Cove parking lot, located next to the Haughty Heron.

The cook-off will bring together 20 local teams to battle it out for the title of “Best Chili in Port St. Joe.”

Held amidst the Christmas on the Coast celebration, each team will pick a name, set up a table and attempt to wow attendees with their recipes. Last year’s event brought 13 teams to the challenge, but this year, the JSL wanted to go bigger.

“Our goal was 15 teams and 20 have already signed up,” said JSL member and event organizer Kaci Rhodes. “That’s awesome!”

Each team will be assigned a secret number and a panel of judges will conduct a blind taste test on each group’s concoction. First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded based on taste, texture and appearance.

A spirit award will also be given to the team who decorates their table with the most eye-catching setup.

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