Meeting/Event Information

4th Annual Chili Cook Off


October 07, 2014
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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Sweetwater Brewery
195 Ottley Drive
Atlanta, GA 30324

Please join us for 4th Annual Chili Cook-Off – Come to Taste or Compete! 

Various Tasty Brews will be provided by Sweetwater and wine will also be provided  

We are currently taking applications now (click here for Chili Cook-Off Rules and information). Your team name and type of chili you plan to prepare must be submitted by Tuesday, September 30th.   A team is defined as a group up to 5ppl and must include a NACE member who is team captain.  Chili must be prepared before your arrival to the event.  Each team is responsible for their chili ingredients and said chili cannot be served until it has reached a temperature above 140 degrees.  Chili must be made by your team and only one type of chili per team is permitted.  There will be prizes awarded for Best Chili and Best Themed presentation – 1st, 2nd and 3rd place!  For additional information, contact James Nesmith [email protected] and Allison Silverman [email protected].com. 

Complementary parking at venue. 

This year our judges will be: 



Tamie worked as Alton Brown’s Culinary Director for 11 years and in January 2013 struck out on her own as a freelance chef, food stylist, teacher, writer, recipe developer and caterer. She now has a sought-after recipe development and culinary consulting company called Tamie Cook Culinary Productions with clients across the Southeast.  Tamie became a member of the Atlanta Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier in 2006 and has served as the Chair for the Scholarship Committee since 2011. Tamie is also a member of the Southern Foodways Alliance.

Since 2007 Tamie has taught “Mindful Eating”.  A course which aims to provide conversation space, resources and community support for changing the ways we think about, acquire, prepare and eat our food.  Most of all Tamie has a passion for sharing good food and hospitality with those she loves.


Executive Chef/Owner Aria

 Gerry Klaskala is the chef and owner of Aria, the award-winning Buckhead restaurant known for its modern take on fine American cuisine. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and co-owner of Canoe, one of Atlanta's most celebrated restaurants. Previously, Klaskala was the executive chef at The Buckhead Diner and spent 10 years at the Hyatt Hotels Corporation’s culinary division in Boston and Savannah. His cuisine has been featured in Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Esquire, Food & Wine, The New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Zagat. He is a founding chef of the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, a member of the Vidalia® Onion Committee’s Chefs Advisory Board and on the board of advisors for One Hundred Tables. Klaskala enjoys donating his time to events benefitting organizations such as the Atlanta Community Food Bank, American Heart Association, Georgia Organics and Share Our Strength, among others. 






Mark your calendars for the Atlanta Foodservice Expo
Monday and Tuesday October 13 and 14

Georgia World Congress Center
use special code ATL14 to get a FREE admission.

NACE will have a booth and we need members to sign up for a shift or two.

Please contact Cathy Pennington at [email protected] to sign up!

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$25.00 Student Member Ticket
$35.00 after 9:00 pm October 1

$3.00 One Raffle Ticket

$10.00 Ten Raffle Tickets

$5.00 Three Raffle Tickets

$40.00 Member Ticket
$55.00 after 9:00 pm October 1

$50.00 Member Brings a Guest
$65.00 after 9:00 pm October 1

$35.00 Full Time Student Guest Ticket (Student ID Required)
$45.00 after 9:00 pm October 1

$60.00 Guest Ticket
$75.00 after 9:00 pm October 1

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