More than 700 chili enthusiasts sampled varieties of chili prepared by twelve Sedona area restaurants at the annual Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off held today at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village in Sedona.
Balloting for the People's Choice Award was lively. The following restaurants were recognized: Third Place People's Choice: El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano; Second Place, Bodacious Burgers and First Place People's Choice Award: Oak Creek Brewery & Grill.
The prized Judges Trophy for Sedona's Best Chili went to: Third Place, The Secret Garden Cafe; Second Place, Bodacious Burgers; and First Place Judges Trophy was won for a second year in a row by El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano.
An award for the best decorated booth was presented to Renegades Steakhouse.
The Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sedona. Proceeds from the Cook-Off will benefit Rotary International's effort to End Polio Now worldwide and the Rotary Club of Sedona's newly launched Imagination Library program, which provides free books for pre-school children.