A longstanding tradition at our home office and distribution center is our annual Chili Cook-Off – a spirited competition that celebrates the end of our fiscal year with creativity, teamwork, and good old-fashioned home cooking! This was our 20th Annual Chili Cook-Off and it is like no Chili competition you’ve ever experienced – we’re not just talking a few crock pots and cast iron skillets.
Each department begins preparing months in advance for this special event. They each pick a fun theme of their choice, and then build a booth to reflect it. They also come up with costumes to complete their theme’s “look”- which often involves weeks of scouring thrift shops, sewing, creating papier-mâché accessories – you name it!
t all results in an incredibly fun, creative and exciting event. This year’s was no exception – we had some truly over-the-top awesome themes, including Duck Dynasty, Pac Man, The Stone Age, Flash Back to the 90s, and (for those who live in Texas) even a tribute to Big Tex from the Texas State Fair. And the chili, cornbread and desserts were the tastiest we’ve ever had.
We were excited to expand the competition for the first time to include all our stores! Each store around the country was encouraged to have teams cook chili and vote on the best recipe. They also had a ton of fun bonding with their colleagues, and created some truly delicious dishes!