Thank you… Chili sponsors, supporters and winners!

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Bluffton Self Help, staff and volunteers extend a heartwarming thank you to a very fun event… THE RED APRON CHILI COOKOFF. Thanks to our cooks who traveled from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia to make this a memorable and fun (albeit very wet) event!!


Here are our winners in every category!


Third Place:  Marilyn and Ray Frederick, Largo, Florida

Second Place:  Jan Sprouse, Palm Coast, Florida

First Place:  Larry Weltikol, Palm Coast, Florida


Third Place:  Michael Piner Newport, North Carolina

Second Place:  Don Smith, Marietta, Georgia

First Place:  Mark Tolar, Ackworth, Georgia


Third Place:  Jennifer Violette, Roanoke, Virginia

Second Place:  Jan Sprouse, Palm Coast, Florida

First Place:  David Violette, Roanoke, Virginia

HOMESTYLE (with Beans)

Third Place:  Jamie Taylor & Giuseppi’s Pizza

Second Place:  Jeremy Halker & Belfair Plantation

First Place:  Thomas Ferrel & Berkeley Hall


Third Place:  Bomboras Grille, Hilton Head Island

Second Place:  Jeremy Halker & Belfair Plantation, Bluffton

First Place:  Thomas Ferrel & Berkeley Hall, Bluffton


Third Place: Thomas Ferrel & Berkeley Hall, Bluffton

Second Place: Jamie Taylor & Giuseppi’s Pizza, Bluffton

First Place:  Denise Frame “Wild About Chili”, Bluffton


Thanks for the  great entertainment provided by The Brewers (You were terrific) and to The Great Pretenders (making “Beautiful Noise”)

And, thanks to our many volunteers,  including House of Color Stylists and staff!!!

Thanks to our JUDGES:

To our CHIEF JUDGE, Matthew Lusk, from the South Carolina Chili Cookoff to be held in Belton April 13!!!

To our judges – hope your digestive delivery system recovered!!

To our spectators – for voting and using umbrellas in creative ways

and, most importantly to our SPONSORS

  • Palmetto Electric Cooperative
  • Piggly Wiggly
  • Carolina Morning Firewood (rumor has it the owner will be cooking next year)
  • Hilton Garden Inn

And if you haven’t already heard, we did make money DESPITE THE RAIN!!!

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