Socially Distant Chili Cook-Off Socially Distant Chili Cook-Off Feb. 12 - 28, 2021 Feb. 12 - 28, 2021

23rd Annual Downtown Ithaca Chili Cook-Off

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Safe & Socially Distant Deliciousness

February 12-28, 2021 Inside restaurants & Takeout

Support eateries and judge their chili from the comfort of your own home and pick your favorite(s) to be awarded the grand prize of bragging rights. And a trophy.

This year, the socially distant Chili Cook-Off allows for dozens of chilis prepared by restaurants across the region to be tested as the competition heats up for the titles of Best Meat Chili, Best Vegetarian/Vegan Chili, Best Chili Inspired Item, and The People’s Choice Chili.

Those who want to taste (and judge) the chilis of the Chili Cook-Off will need to visit the participating restaurants of their choice to order a cup o' chili, or featured chili item. Please check with each participating location about their hours and availability.

See the list of this year's competitors below!

Self-appointed judges (anyone and everyone who tries a chili!) are also encouraged to snap photos of their tasting experience & post to Facebook/Instagram with the hashtag #downtownithaca.

2021 Chili Cook-Off Competitors


  • Ithaca Ale House
  • Bickering Twins
  • Brookton's Market
  • Cafe Dewitt
  • Casablanca Pizza
  • Coltivare
  • Covered Bridge Market & Pizzeria
  • Finger Lakes Bakes
  • Gorgers
  • Hound and Mare
  • Ithaca Beer Co.
  • Lou's Kitchen
  • Luna Inspired Street Food
  • Mahogany Grill
  • Mama Said Hand Pies
  • Monks On the Commons
  • Moosewood
  • Northstar House
  • Nothing Nowhere Cafe
  • Ooy's Deli
  • Panera
  • Shortstop Deli
  • Simeon's American Bistro
  • Texas Roadhouse Ithaca
  • The Bistro At La Tourelle
  • The Seabring Inn / Eat The Foood!
  • Uncle Joe's Grill and Sports Bar
  • Waffle Frolic

    2021 Non-competing Participants! 

    La Bodega

    Odyssey Books

    And more to come!

    See the inspired items and specials from the merchants above - another way to support local businesses during the Cook-Off!

    2020 Winners 

    People's Choice Best Chili: Taverna Banfi

    Best Presentation: Luna Inspired Street Food

    Best Meat Chili: Ithaca Ale House

    Best Vegetarian/Vegan Chili: Viva Taqueria

    Best Beverage: FLX Cider House

    Join us this year and help us award the 2021 winners!

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    Directions & Parking to Downtown Locations

    Attendees can park in the Green, Seneca, and Cayuga Street garages, or pay for street parking, and walk to restaurants participating in the Chili Cook-off.

    The garages are equipped with accessible parking and elevators.

    For additional downtown parking information, click here.

    Don’t want to drive? See TCAT bus routes and schedules here.