Serving Monroe, Owen, and Greene Counties

Freezefest Chilly Cook-Off

Thank you all for a wonderful first Chilly Cook-Off!
Thank you to all who came and enjoyed a delicious sampling of chili at the United Way Chilly Cook-Off. A big thank you to all community chefs and volunteers who helped make the event such a success! Read the full event recap here. 
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Congrats to our winning chefs!

Best Overall: Caleb Freeman and Adam Crotzer from Ivy Tech Community College with "Chili the Kid"

Best Vegetarian: Trent and Kyla Cox Deckard from Monroe County Council with "Vegetarian Chili Begins with Trent"

Most Creative: Caleb Freeman and Adam Crotzer from Ivy Tech Community College with "Chili the Kid"

Hottest: Ross Miller and Nick Craig from Ivy Tech Community College with "The Crying Creole"

People Choice: Neville "Fire Lord" Vaughan from City of Bloomington Fire Department with "Chile De Bomberos"

Enjoy Chile De Bomberos some more at the Chocolate Moose! They recipe will be featured there now through the end of February.
Congrats to the "Some Like It Hot" Chili Eating Contest winner Matt "The Mule" Muehling who consumed 32 oz of spicy chili in 60 seconds! 
Thank you to all Chilly Cook-Off Chefs!

Mark Adams
(Bill C. Brown Associates)

My First Attempt at Chili Chili

   Charlie Monticue
Frito Chili
Scott Boatman
 Sarah Portwood
Pumpkin Spice Chili
Traves Conyer
(Evolve Bloomington)

Step and Stone Chile 

Andrew & Erin Predmore
Gus & Woodrow’s Lonesome Dove Chili

Skip Daley
Skip's Seven Bean Chili
 Phoenix Rayng
Phoenix's Chili
Scot Davidson
(Old National Bank)

Best Ever
 Mark Richardson
Sheep Thrills
Chris & Megan Davis
 Nan Rockey
Comic Book Accurate Chili
Trent & Kyla Cox Deckard
(Monroe County Council)

Vegetarian Chili Begins with Trent
 Jennifer Ryan
Smoked Brisket Chili
Allen Edwards (Ivy Tech Community College)
Green Chicken Chili
 Jennifer Sims
Jenni's Sweet Heat
Samantha Ezzo
Rooftop Chili
 Neville "Fire Lord" Vaughan
(City of Bloomington Fire Department)

Chile De Bomberos
Caleb Freeman & Adam Crotzer
(Ivy Tech Community College)

Chili the Kid
 Grant Volkmar & Shavon Watson
Goshdarnit, This One Good
Jerry Hays
(Owen County State Bank)

Jerry's Special Recipe
 Jessica Weathers 
(Little Red Wagon)

"Life is Gourd" Chili
Vic Kelson
Meaty Bowl o' Red Chili
 Laura Webb
The Big Red
Arthur Medicine Eagle
Traditional Trail
 Victoria Wisley
Chicken Chili Bang Bang
Ross Miller & Nick Craig
(Ivy Tech Community College)

The Crying Creole
Freezefest is a community winter celebration put together by the Cook Group, Hanapin Marketing, Visit Bloomington and other community organizations taking place January 6-11, 2020 featuring world-class ice carvers and a full lineup of winter activities. Stay updated on information for the festival here.


Thank you to all our generous sponsors!

Ring of Fire Sponsors

  • Indiana University O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Old National Bank

Grateful Red Sponsors

  • Bunger and Robertson
  • Coca-Cola Consolidated
  • Chocolate Moose
  • Indiana University Political and Civic Engagement Program
  • Printpack 
  • Taft Stettinius and Hollister, LLP
You are welcome to review guidelines from the 2020 Chilly Cook-Off. Cook-Off registration, rules, and guidelines are subject to change for the 2021 Chilly Cook-Off.
  • Contestants are responsible to submit a contestant entry form and review the full guidelines.
  • Contestant must prepare 2 gallons of chili (2 regular crock pots) using their own selected recipe and ingredients.
  • Chili must be brought to event fully heated and kept in crock pot or other warming container.
  • Contestants are welcome to decorate their serving table in the Winter Wonderland theme.
  • In addition to attending the event, cooks must attend a Cook's Meeting to review Food Safety Guidelines on Thursday, December 19 at 5:30 p.m at United Way (431 S College Ave.)
Contact sherrie (at) with any questions.
The Chilly Cook-Off is a Freezefest event benefiting United Way. 
  • Born Learning
  • Financial Stability Alliance
  • Monroe Smart Start
  • Familywize Discount Prescription Card
  • Bank On Bloomington