TALB Chili Cook-Off

All members, family, friends, and school staff (including school secretaries, custodians, security, and principals) from TALB, TALB Retirees, CTA Bay Valley/Region 3, CSEA, CSULB CFA, LBCC CCA, Long Beach Police Officers and Long Beach Firefighters are invited to our 2nd annual TALB Chili Cook-Off!

Saturday, March 18, 2017
11:00AM - 3:00PM

Long Beach Police Officers Association (LBPOA) Park
7390 E. Carson Street, Long Beach, CA 90808

Come and enjoy the chili contest, a giant inflatable jumper obstacle course, face painters, and caricature artists. We'll have nachos and hot dogs for you too! We'll also have fun games and activities for all the kids provided by Recreation Fitness and also the CSULB Recreation & Leisure Studies Department! 

If you plan to attend, please click that button below to sign up at the RSVP page and please indicate how many guests you plan to bring in the comment box. If you would like to register for the Chili Contest, please click that button below. For more information about the Chili Contest, scroll down below.

Thank you to our sponsors who contributed to TALB's Member Engagement program and helped to host this event:

Chili Contest Registration

If you would like to compete in the chili contest, you'll need to submit the registration form and pay a refundable deposit of $20 by March 3, 2017. Contestants will receive their deposit refund on the day of the event. Cancellations after March 10, 2017 will not be refunded. 

Chili Contest Rules

  1. All contestants must complete the registration form here and pay the $20 refundable deposit by March 3, 2017. 
  2. Chili must be home cooked from scratch (not store bought).
  3. Competition chili for the judges must NOT contain beans. (Set aside for the judges.)
  4. Contestants must prepare at least 8 quarts of chili for public consumption. This CAN include beans (optional).
  5. Chili must be ready for judging by 1:00PM. Contestants must check-in no later than 12:00PM. 
  6. Contestants may choose to prepare the chili at home or on-site at the park. If you choose to prepare the chili on-site, you can come as early as 9:00AM.

Judging Categories

  1. Texture
    Chili should have a good ratio of sauce and meat.
  2. Flavor
    The flavor/taste should consist of the combination of the meat, peppers, and spices, with a perfect blend of flavors and no particular ingredient being dominant.
  3. Consistency
    The chili should not be dry, watery, grainy, lumpy, or greasy.
  4. Spice & Taste
    Typically referred to the bite, or after-taste. It is the combination of heat and flavor from the selected peppers and spices that lingers in the mouth after the chili has been eaten.

  5. Aroma
    Chili should smell good and give an indication of what’s in store when you taste it.

  6. Color
    Chili should look appetizing. If red chili, a rich, reddish-brown color; if green chili, an appetizing appeal.

**Categories and descriptions modified from the International Chili Society.

Chili Contest Prizes

  • 1st Place - $150 cash

  • 2nd Place - $100 cash

  • 3rd Place - $50 cash

  • People's Choice Award - $100 cash

Can You Volunteer?

We could use your help if you can volunteer! If so, please email christurnerkelly@gmail.com and let her know how you'd like to help. Here are some ways that you can help:

  • Set Up (8am - 10am shift)
  • Grill & Wrap Hot Dogs & Buns (11am - 1pm shift, 12pm - 2pm shift, 1pm - 2:30pm shift)
  • Nacho Servers (11am - 12pm shift, 12pm - 1pm shift, 1pm - 2pm shift, 1:30pm - 2:30pm shift)
  • Check In Table (11am - 12pm shift, 12pm - 1pm shift, 1pm - 2pm shift, 2pm - 3pm shift)
  • Supervision: Toddler Jumper (11am - 12pm shift, 12pm - 1pm shift, 1pm - 2pm shift, 2pm - 3pm shift)
  • Supervision: Obstacle Course Jumper (11am - 12pm shift, 12pm - 1pm shift, 1pm - 2pm shift, 2pm - 3pm shift)
  • Clean Up & Load Truck (3pm - 4pm shift)
  • Unload Truck at TALB (4pm - 5pm shift)

All volunteer names will be entered into a drawing to win gift cards donated by our community partners. All volunteers can also earn time credits in the Long Beach Time Exchange.