Columbia Palladium Society Chili Cook-Off set for March 1

Cooks interested in showing off their skills as well as those simply interested in tasting are invited to the Columbia Palladium Society’s 16th Annual Chili Cook-Off.

Cooks serving up chili at the 2013 Cook-Off (photo provided)

Cooks serve up chili at the 2013 cook-off. (photo provided)

This year’s event is scheduled for 5 p.m. March 1 at the Ellison Building at the State Fairgrounds.

“The Chili Cook-Off is one of the largest fundraisers for Historic Columbia, and one of our favorite to host,” said Megan Plott, president of Historic Columbia’s Palladium Society. “We can’t wait to join our taste-testers and find out what the cooks have in store this year.”

Local celebrities will judge the recipes at the cook-off, and the winning cooks will receive prizes.

Tickets to the event include all-you-can-eat chili and drinks including wine and beer as well as live musical entertainment provided by The Items, who will play cover versions of well-known songs.

Advance tickets are $15 for Palladium Society members, $25 for Historic Columbia members and $30 for the general public, and the cost to enter a chili is $20.

All proceeds from the cook-off benefit Historic Columbia.

More on the event, including ticket information and an entry form, can be found here.