Chili cook-off to benefit Meals on Wheels


Santa Claus is coming to town, and so is a spicy, warm bowl of chili! Make plans now to attend the Saint Nick’s Chili Fix chili cook-off Saturday, Dec. 7 in downtown Anderson.

Meals on Wheels is hosting this inaugural chili cook-off as a fundraiser for the organization. This event is a sanctioned competition by the International Chili Society (ICS) and will welcome professional and amateurs to cook up their best pot of chili for the public, all the while raising much-needed funds for Meals on Wheels.

The International Chili Society (ICS) is a non-profit organization that sanctions chili cook-offs with judging and cooking rules and regulations. These events are world wide and benefit charities or non-profit organizations. All winners of ICS sanctioned cook-offs qualify to compete for cash prizes and awards at the World’s Championship Chili Cook-off held each year in October.

Amateur cooks (civic clubs, churches, local restaurateurs, youth groups, business teams, etc.) are invited to join in the fun and vie for the People’s Choice title. The winner receives $250 cash prize and a trophy for display.

This cook-off will be held in downtown Anderson in the “overlook” area adjacent to the new Carolina Wren park in downtown. The overlook area is the paved and parking area behind several businesses on Main Street, such as the back area of Johnny Angell’s, The Bombay Club and Phil’s Jewelers, for example.

Meals on Wheels is also seeking sponsors for this event. Sponsorship opportunities begin at $500 and all sponsorships come with great benefits to the event.

All proceeds from the Saint Nick’s Chili Fix will support the mission of delivering meals to individuals in need in Anderson County. Funds raised will be used to provide hot, nutritious meals each weekday for approximately 600 homebound elderly and disabled of Anderson County who are participating in the home delivery program. Meals on Wheels-Anderson receives no federal or state funds. It operates solely on donations from individuals, churches and businesses, and through community grants and fundraising.

For more information on registering as a participant or becoming a sponsor, contact April Cameron at 864-225-6800 or