Chili Cook-off

Chili Cook-off

For 14 years, even during the limitations of a pandemic, we gathered—at NCC or virtually—to come together as a community and warm up with chili and heated competition. We partnered with local businesses and chefs; expanded the cook-offs to bake-offs; and enjoyed over 400 gallons of chili and countless brownies and cornbread servings. The Chili Cook-off grew quickly to become the staff’s favorite annual event each year.

This year, for what would have been the 15th Annual Chili Cook-off, we have accepted that we cannot create a way to host this event indoors safely in the middle of winter. It’s time to say so long for now.

But, because we are the State of Slow Goodbyes, we are honoring the end of the Chili Cook-off with one heckuva cookbook. We’ve collected YEARS of winning and optimistic recipes from all of you, and we hope you’ll enjoy it!

If you would like to submit a recipe to this historical publication, please do so by January 10, 2023. You may send your recipe(s) and any images to

The cookbook will be available for purchase online in February.

Thank you for years and years of crockpots, antics, and friendship!

Submit Your Recipe by January 10!

Deadline: January 10
Share your recipe and an image with NCC by January 10 to be included in the NCC Chili Cook-off Cookbook!

Make a Chili Bowl

FREE Saturday, February 4, 2 – 3:30 pm

Join us on Zoom to whip up a bowl or mug for your favorite soup or stew. We will provide materials to make and decorate clay bowls and mugs—available for pick-up ahead of time. Completed projects will be fired and clear glazed at NCC and will be ready for use 2 – 3 weeks after projects are dropped off.