Best Dog-Gone Chili Cook-off Contest Guidelines

The Berkshire Humane Society is inviting both restaurants and the general public to participate in the first “Best Dog-Gone Chili Cook-off” to be held on Sunday, February 12th from 12 to 2 p.m. at Paterson Field House at Berkshire Community College on outer West St. in Pittsfield. The Best Dog-Gone Chili Cook-off will be held in conjunction with the annual “Not Your Average Dog Show” (entry form) also on February 12 at the Paterson Field House at BCC.

• All types of chili may be entered in the contest, including vegetarian

• Entry forms are available at

The shelter at 214 Barker Rd. and Pretty Paws on Tyler St. in Pittsfield

• For more information or any questions, please contact Kathy Kazura, at Pretty Paws, 413-443-0191 or Diane at 413-447-7878 ext 31.

Contest Entry Guidelines:

• Registration is free for Professional & Amateur Home cooks

• Chili contest will officially run from noon through 2:00 p.m.

• Participants can arrive after 11:00 am. We ask that you are ready by 11:30 am.

• Participants should bring 3 gallons of chili in order to provide for enough samples.

• BHS will supply sample cups. Should you want samples to be served with/in something (ex: tortilla chip), that is the responsibility of the participant.

• Chili can be served from chafing pans; sterno will heat. No electricity will be available.

• Contestants are asked to describe their chili in one sentence. This will be included in the program and at their station the day of the event. You are welcome to display promotional materials for your restaurant at the table.

• Chili Contest Entry forms must be return by February 9th to: Berkshire Humane Society

Attn: Chili Cook-off, 214 Barker Road Pittsfield, MA 01201

Contest Voting Rules

• Tickets are $5.00 for those who want to sample and cast their vote for the “Best Dog Gone Chili”

• Tickets will be available the day of the event. An identifying band will be given to those who have paid the tasting fee.

• Individuals will receive tickets to vote for their choice(s). Additional tickets can be purchased.

• All profits benefit Berkshire Humane Society’s Woofstock event.

• Winners will be decided in both the professional (restaurant) and home chef categories.

• Prizes will be awarded at the completion of the Chili Contest.

• Winners will also be featured in an upcoming issue of “Humane Tales” the BHS newsletter.

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