The Central Virginia Charity Chili Cook-off is held here at Earlyhouse every year on the first Saturday in November from 12 – 5.
Since our first cook-off, we have raised nearly $150,000 for charity!!! Thank you to the great volunteers, the fantastic teams, our generous sponsors and the folks that come out and support the cause!
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Chili teams from all over will compete for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place as determined by our panel of judges and 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.
Let us share a bit about the Chili Cook-off, a true labor of love for us, for the chili chefs, for our entertainers and our volunteers. It is an amazing gathering that brings us all together to celebrate good times and contribute so meaningfully to our charities.
The cook-off is held rain or shine on the first Saturday in November. Visitors hailing from around the state and beyond experience lots of great chili. The flavors and styles are as different as the many trimmings gracing the tents. Chili is served up from teams in rustic mountain shacks, in outhouses and on back porches.
The entertainment is talented and the music non-stop, beginning with our awe-inspiring welcome ceremony. Live music often leads to dancing on our island stage.
Inside, our silent auction bidding is always spirited and competitive. Auction winners brought home everything from framed artwork and jewelry to local wine baskets, mini-vacations and home services.
The cornhole tournament draws novice and seasoned players from all over.
The Cook-off helped raises money for the National Kidney Foundation and Good Doctor's Foundation and 100% of the monies raised goes to them. 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.
Mark your calendars - the Central Virginia Charity Chili Cook-off is held every year on the first Saturday in November! We sure hope to see you then.
To donate, please call Kathy Stiles at 540-967-1832, Leanna Davis at 434-589-6216 or Elaine Byrd at 804-
All donations are tax-deductible and so much appreciated.
Our mailing address is:
Central Virginia Charity Chili Cook-off
3998 Yanceyville Rd.
Louisa, VA 23093
...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.
...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.
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!