The 5th Annual Kosher Chili Cookoff in Houston

Kosher Chili Cookoff

It’s almost rodeo time here in Houston, which means the Kosher Chili Cookoff is right around the corner! And I get to serve as one of its judges!

Are you in Houston?

I’d love for you to make plans to join me at the fifth annual Kosher Chili Cookoff, Sunday, March 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston.

I’m pumped to get to try so many recipes of chili in one afternoon and I’m sure my kids will have a blast with all of the activities, too.

Nope, I may not be Jewish, but I sure love great chili and I hear some of Houston’s best will be served there.

Curious, as I was, about what makes a chili kosher?

I spoke with my long-time friend, Jen (whose Bat Mitvah I attended more years ago than I prefer to reveal here) who gave me a brief overview. She explained, that keeping Kosher means following Kosher dietary laws. (Click to see the Kosher primer if you want to know the nitty gritty.) Without getting too detailed, I can promise you this, there are three ingredients that will NOT be included the chili: pork, shellfish and dairy products. However, I can also promise you that each team will enter a variety of chili that will give your taste buds a delicious experience. Think tender turkey with savory spices or slow-cooked beef with sauteed spiced vegetables. My mouth is already watering just thinking about it. (I might need to bring a Kosher wine as a palate cleanser for this one…)

The Kosher Chili Cookoff is not just about chili, though.

In addition to all the chili there will be to eat, there will also be live music, games, a climbing wall, a silent auction and a jalapeno eating competition and more. It promises to be a great, family-friendly event.

Wanna join in? Here are the details:

WHAT: 5th Annual Kosher Chili Cookoff

WHEN: Sunday, March 8, 2015, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE: Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston, 5601 S. Braeswood, Houston, TX 77096


  • Adults: $10
  • Children 4-12: $6
  • Children under 4: Free


  • Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center’s Meals on Wheels,
  • Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services
  • Hebrew Free Loan Association of Houston (HFLA)


BUY TICKETS: in advance at Eventbrite or at the event

Wanna join me? I’d love to see you there!

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