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The Central Virginia Charity Chili Cook-off

Heating it up for 10 Years!


Since the first cook-off in 2004, we have raised over $75,000 for charity!!!  Thank you to the great volunteers, the fantastic teams, our generous sponsors and the folks that come out and support the cause!  We can't wait to see you this year - November 1st, 2014


10th Annual

Central Virginia Charity Chili Cook-off

Saturday, November 1, 2014


Fun for all -
SoCo Loco
The UVA Drumline
DH Steve
Cornhole Tournament

Silent Auction
The Wheel of Fortune

Fun for the Whole Family


Chili Masters, Chefs and Teams

Registration is  open for 2014!!

Chili teams from all over will compete for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place as determined by our panel of judges and there is also the much coveted "People's Choice" as determined by popular vote.  We allow a max of 24 teams and we would love to have you participate. Click on the link for our official rules and team registration.  Our competitors are our most important asset and we appreciate the time effort and money it takes to participate.  

The Official Chili Rules & Team Registration - click here


Click here for a list of our wonderful donors

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Our Silent Auction is always a favorite part of the event.   Bid on great prizes and gift baskets from generous sponsors and help raise money .  Win, win. 

Beer & Wine will be available.

No coolers or outside alcohol are permitted.

Admission is $10 for Adults, $5.00 for kids 3-12


Join us in 2014
Saturday, November 1

A great T-shirt for Chuck Meeks
Jock, Christian and Bruce Stiles - Intestinal Express - not shown -Jake Stiles

A sweep of Firsts for BACK PORCH CHILI

National Kidney Foundation

  is a major voluntary health organization that seeks to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of all organs for transplant.  

The Good Doctors Foundation

The Good Doctors Foundation serves the need of patients and their families in Central Virginia, providing financial support for medications, assistance with insurance payments and overnight housing for treatment near the local treatment facility.
We truly are our brother's keeper.

Chili heads and our National Anthem
the winners circle

The 2012 Cook-off Story

As superstorm Sandy threatened cold, wet weather, Backyard Chili was bringing record-breaking heat to the 8th Annual Charity Chili-Cookoff at Earlyhouse.  After years of dedication, it was a first ever sweep when Eddie Heaney and his team of champions, including Greg Badgett and Adam Arbogast walked away with 1st Place and People’s Choice. 

Visitors hailing from North Carolina to New York experienced chili tasting at 16 different booths where the flavors and styles were as different as the many accoutrements that graced the tents.  This years’ teams pulled out all the stops as they drew crowds to eat their fill in support of a worthy cause. Intestinal Express, comprised of Bruce Stiles,  John Stiles and Graham Schwartz took home “Most Spirited Chili Team” for their crafty display, complete with a flaming toilet. Nearby, 2nd Place Winners, Rick Davis and Stevie Pippin tempted passersby with a full size smoker housing stuffed jalapenos and sausage, but it was the hint of smoke in their award-winning chili that commanded the respect of the judges.  Third place winners “Wild at Heart” may have been more aptly named “Not for the Faint of Heart” as rookie and veteran tasters alike agreed the heat in this chili was off the charts. Team members included Buck and April Page, Tommy Page, Pat Page, Cindy and Johnny Brady.

The event, held every year during the final weekend in October, helped raised over $11,500.00 for the National Kidney Foundation and Good Doctor’s Foundation. These non-profit organizations serve Central Virginia area patients of kidney disease, organ donors and recipients, and their families – conditions near and dear to the hearts of committee members, volunteers, entertainers, and chili teams who help to make this endeavor a success.

Congratulations to all the teams - as always, the judging was tight, the competition fierce and the chili was fantastic.

The Earlyhouse Transplant Story

The owners of Earlyhouse, Bruce and Kathy Stiles, share a special connection to these wonderful charities.  In 2007, Kathy was able to donate her kidney to Bruce, who had polycystic kidney disease.  Since then, we have heard this powerful story again and again.  Successful transplants will always be a miracle, but because of excellant medical care, amazing scientific breakthroughs in technique and medication, and the increase in willing donors, these transplants are a miracle that can happen every day.

The good people that make the chili, and those that enjoy the day here at the chili cook-off help make that happen.  Thank you 

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