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2019 Professional Chili Cook-off and Faux Winemaker Cooking Challenge


Kief-Joshua Vineyards will once again host the non-profit Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) in a professional Chili cook-off, where cooks from the Southwest will be competing for a spot in the national challenge, on April 13th, 2019, from 11 am to 5 pm.

For added fun, four winemakers will also be competing in a faux-episode of Food Networks hit show “Chopped.” Ann Roncone of Lightning Ridge Cellars, Gary Reeves of the Village of Elgin, and Lori Reynolds of Sonoita Vineyards and Kief Manning of Kief-Joshua Vineyards will be competing and pouring tastes of their wines. Perhaps more winemakers to come!

For a $10 donation to Rotary, guests can also taste the competition chili and People’s Choice chili’s on Saturday and Salsa on Sunday with all proceeds donated to Mountain Empire Rotary. We’d like to encourage entries into the People’s Choice Chili Cook-off at no charge, where guests can earn prizes for winning the contest.


11 am to 2 pm Chili Tasting (or while supplies lasts) and Live Music

11 am to 2 pm. Music by Blaine Long, mostly originals, Seen on Blake Shelton’s the Voice.

1 pm Professional cooks turn in chili for Judging

2 – 4 pm Faux “Chopped” Cooking Challenge

The cost is $15 for five wine tastings. Advanced tickets can be purchased at For more information, please contact Kief-Joshua Vineyards at or call 520-455-5582.

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