River City Chili Cook-Off 2018 Above: Matthew Richards from Sail Inn

On Friday, Nov. 16, Ace of Spades (1417 R St.) will host Sacramento’s premier spicey event: the River City Chili Cook-Off! This event will feature unlimited tastings of chili made by some of Northern California’s top restaurants, caterers and chefs. While pleasing the taste buds of visitors from near and far, all proceeds from this competition will benefit the students of Our Lady of Grace School, a 501(c)3 organization in West Sacramento. Since its inception in 2013, the chili cook-off has grown into an annual Sacramento delight. Within its first few years of existence it has outgrown a school gym, and even the Legacy Club at Raley Field. In 2017, organizers had formed a relationship with Live Nation and hosted the event at Ace of Spades in Midtown Sacramento, where it will continue this year, featuring local chili to sample and vote on made by restaurants like Sail Inn, Dad’s Kitchen, Cafe Bernardo, Streets of London Pub, Broderick Roadhouse, Origami Asian Grill, and other well-known area establishments. With unlimited chili tasting, top-shelf refreshments, locally brewed craft beer, dancing and more, visitors are practically guaranteed a fun time while also supporting a great cause. Our Lady of Grace School has been serving families for almost 60 years, and the funds from the cook-off will be used to support various educational and extracurricular activities the school offers. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. This is a 21-plus event and tickets range from $35–$55. For tickets, visit Rivercitychili.com.

**This write-up first appeared in print on page 8 of issue #278 (Nov. 7 – 21, 2018)**