Catalina Chili Cook Off serves community

Avalon Rotary Club Foundation hold its Fifth Annual Event

Pictured above are first place, People’s Choice winner, East End Slow Burn. Photo by Tim McDowell

The Avalon Rotary Club Foundation held is annual Chili Cook Off Oct. 2, 2021. As the Foundation’s biggest annual fundraising event, the Chili Cook Off proceeds fund Avalon School Scholarships, Service Projects and Medical Travel Grants on Catalina Island. Funds raised this year are still being tallied from entry fees, admissions fees and snack and beverage sales, but are expected to exceed budget. Twelve entrants this year competed for $3,000 in prizes.  

Prizes awarded as follows:

People’s Choice 

3rd Place $150—Baby Jack’s Nacho Average Chili

2nd Place $300—LA County Fire Station 55

1st Place $800—East End Slow Burn

Judges Choice

3rd Place $250—Baby Jack’s Nacho Average Chili

2nd Place $500—LA County Fire Station 55

1st Place $1,000 plus Trophy—Naughty Ahi Chili

Two winners graciously donated their winnings back to the Foundation!  Thank you to LA County Fire Station 55 and The Naughty Fox for the generous gifts back to Rotary!

Sponsorships from businesses included:

• Bluewater Avalon

• Brown’s Bikes

• Café Metropole

• Catalina Art Association

• Catalina Broadband

• Catalina Coastal Tours & Fishing

• Catalina Diver’s Supply

• Catalina Express

• Catalina Island Company

• Catalina Taxi & Tours

• Catalina Yamaha

• Chet’s Hardware

• Ciao-Baci, 

• DC-3

• El Galleon

• Fine Line Construction Co. 

• IEX Helicopters

• Island Golf Cart Rental

• Jordahl Construction

• Leo’s Drug Store

• Lloyd’s of Avalon

• The Lobster Trap

• The Pancake Cottage

• The Steamer Trunk

• Toyon Grill

• Vons

• Xceptional Music Company

A very special thanks is owed to Golden Road Brewing, Ranch Rider Spirits and Southern Wine & Sprits that supplied alcoholic beverages and to the many volunteers including City of Avalon staff, Rotarians and community members.  

The Avalon Rotary Club Foundation was founded in 2010 with the purpose of providing scholarships, grants and other financial assistance to students and graduates of Avalon Schools; to provide funds for other charitable purposes and other charitable organizations.

Catalina Chili Cook Off serves community