5th Annual Coral Gables Chili Cookoff – Just in time for Halloween!

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park
Presented by the Rotary Club of Coral Gables

Live Music by Funk Pedal and LLP

Think you make great chili? Here’s your chance to prove it!

(And help a really good cause.)

Mark your place in history with one of these awards!


Best Overall


2nd Place


3rd Place



People’s Choice Award

Judge’s Favorite

Best Decorated Booth

Photo gallery

Important ‘ingredients’ to get you started:

There’s Still Time To Enter!

C’mon, let’s have some fun. Creative Chili. Craft Beer.


Want to enjoy culinary creativity from the sidelines? Admission is Free!

Be your own judge and spoon some chili. Sip a brew. Sway to the music. Or just Chill. Proceeds from sale of chili and craft beer go to support charitable grants from the Rotary Club of Coral Gables.


Get your chef on!

4th Annual Event Judges:

Dave Arbetter

Arbetter Hot Dogs

Fernando Orms

Managing Partner, Seasons 52, Coral Gables

Blanca Cabrera

Founder, Sergio;’s Restaurants

Chef Chris Valdes

Food Network Star

Past Presenting Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors


Fernando L. Ortiz, PA


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Why Chili & Chilling

We at the Rotary Club of Coral Gables are once again excited and proud to present our Fifth Annual Chili Cook-off. This year’s event will be held on October 30, 2022. at Ponce Circle Park and promises to be biggest and best yet. We plan to have more chili contestants than prior years as well as tasty and refreshing craft beers and great live music.

The purpose of the cook-off is twofold. First, it’s our way of thanking our community for its support of our programs. We are extremely grateful. Second, it provides us an opportunity to raise funds for our charitable foundation, all of which will go right back into our community in the form of civic and charitable grants.

Since the founding of our club in 1946, we have called Coral Gables our home. Some of our current members are second and third generation Coral Gables Rotarians. Over the years, Coral Gables Mayors, City Commissioners, City Managers and Police and Fired Department Chiefs have graced our membership rolls. We have always enjoyed great relationships with our city government. We are fortunate to be located in such a wonderful community and we don’t take that for granted.

Then and Now

Over the past four events alone, our foundation has made grants totaling over $120,000 to local charities and college scholarships to deserving graduates of Coral Gables Senior High School. We hope to continue our philanthropic efforts and have fun in the process.

We are confident that this event will continue to foster the strong relationships we enjoy with our city leaders and neighbors, while also raising funds that will ultimately go back into our community.

We thank you for your interest in our Chili Cook-off and hope that you enjoy a wonderful with us again soon.

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5th Annual Rotary Club of Coral Gables Chili Cookoff. October 30, 2022.   |  Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park