16th Annual Chili Cook Off


March 7, 2020

Come Join Us!

We have several fundraising events throughout the year. Our largest annual event is the Chili Cook-Off, which was named Best Community Event by Mountain Brook Magazine. The 2019 Chili Cook-Off featured 150 cook teams and was attended by over 12,000 people.  Mark your calendars for The Exceptional Foundation’s 16th Annual MortgageBanc Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, March 7, 2020!


 A special thank you to

Our 2019 Title Sponsor


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Jalapeño Sponsors

Alabama Graphics
Altec Capital Services
Balch & Bingham LLP
Birmingham Business Journal
BL Harbert International
Books-A-Million, Inc.
Capstone Real Estate Investments
Chester's International
Comfort Care Home Health & Hospice
Dunn Building Company
Goldasich, Vick & Fulk
Harris Doyle Homes
HighFive Dental
Hoar Construction
Hollywood Feed
Itac Solutions
Jernigan Foundation
M & B Hangers
Marathon Electrical Contractors
McGriff Seibels and Williams
Medical Properties Trust 
MJ Harris Construction Services LLC
O'Neal Industries
Ready Mix
Robins and Morton
Southern Power (Super Powered Chili) 
Starnes Davis Florie LLP
UAB Callahan Eye Hospital 
Waste Management
Weaver LLC


Spicy Sponsors

Alabama Power Company
AmWINS Brokerage of Alabama
Arc Realty
Auto Tec
BHATE Geosciences Corporation
Birmingham Men's Law Firm
Blackjack Farms
Blazing Chili Sparks
Bressler, Amery and Ross
Bryant Bank
Burr & Forman LLP
Business Electronics Corp.
Capstone Collegiate Communities
Chili Birds
Cintas Corporation
Clark May Price
Cobbs Allen
Collier's International
Command Allkon
Corporate Realty Challenge presented by
Chick-fila-A Birmingham
Corporate Realty Associates
Davis Architects
Doster Construction
Dunn Construction Company
Eagle Service Company
EBSCO Industries
F3 Birmingham
First Advisors Capital, Inc.
Five Star Lumber
Foresite, LLC
GCP and Graham & Co.
Greenhalgh Insurance Agency
Guild Mortgage
Gusty Gulas Group 
Hand in Paw's Chili Dogs
Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton
Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC
Homewood Firefighters Association Local 128
Jay Industrial Repair
J.H. Berry & Gilbert, Inc.
Jimmy John's
Kassouf & Co., P.C.
LAH Real Estate Spice Boyz
Leaf Filter
Lhoist North America
LMS Real Estate Investment Management
Markstein Consulting
Maynard Cooper & Gale
Method Mortgage, LLC
Montgomery Transport
Morris Bart & Associates, LLC
Movement Mortgage
National Bank of Commerce
New Capital Partners
Nextran Truck Centers
Northwestern Mutual-Alabama
Oakworth Capital Bank
Park Crest Event Facility 
Park Moving
Porter Capital Corporation
Professional Management of AL
RaderMcCary, Inc.
Red Diamond Coffee & Tea
Red Lion Chili
Renasant Mortgage Lending
Retail Specialists
Rumberger, Kirk and Caldwell
Russo Corporation
Saint Elias
Southern Nuclear
South Oak Title and Closing Services
Southern Sky Aviation
Stallings Health Services
Steel City Chili
Steel City Chili 2
The Blazing Chili Sparks
The Fred Smith Group
The Pi Chapter of Sigma Chi
The Maids
The Stewart/Perry Company, Inc.
The Welch Group
The Blazing Chili Sparks
UAB's Alys Stephens Center
United- Johnson Brothers of Alabama
Vestavia Hills Civitan Club
Vulcan Materials Company 
Ward & Cooper Law
Warren Averett Asset Management
Warriors Basketball


Your Questions, Answered

Frequently Asked Questions

Who does the Chili Cook Off Fundraiser benefit?

The Chili Cook-Off is a family friendly event featuring live music, a kid zone, and all the chili you can eat. Last year, over 100 cook teams competed for the title of Chili Cook-Off Champion, and over 12,000 people attended the event. All proceeds from the event directly benefit The Exceptional Foundation.

What is the Chili Cook Off Fundraiser?

Saturday, March 7th, 2020. 10:30am-3:00pm in the upper Macy’s parking lot of Brookwood Village.

When and Where is the Chili Cook Off?

Saturday, March 7th, 2020. 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM in Macy's Department Parking Lot - Brookwood Village

How do I register a team?

Teams are reserved on a first come, first serve basis beginning with corporate sponsors. Corporate sponsorships are available at various levels of contribution. Only corporate sponsors are permitted to advertise or distribute promotional items at the event. Last year's corporate sponsors will be given the opportunity to participate first, followed by new sponsors. Last year's individual teams will then be given the opportunity to participate. If there are still teams available at that point, we will fill new individual teams. If you want to be put on the list to be called when teams open up, please email

What if it rains?

Rain or shine, we are still on!

Where do I get tickets?

Tickets can be purchased on this website or at The Exceptional Foundation location prior to the event for a $10 donation per ticket. The day of the event, tickets can be bought at the entrance for a $15 donation per ticket. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets will be available for purchase in January 2020.

How are the winners selected?

Winners of the Grand Prize, 1st Runner Up, 2nd Runner Up and Spirit Awards are selected by a panel of judges. The People's Choice Award is given to the team who gets the most votes by patrons at the event. The Spirit Award is given to the team with best tent decoration, costume, etc., and is voted on by the judges and Exceptional Foundation participants.

How do I vote?

Tear off the ballot from the bottom of your ticket, and place your vote in your favorite team’s People’s Choice Award voting jar at their booth. Votes must be placed by 2 p.m. For patrons who purchase advance tickets online, a voting ballot will be provided when your tickets are redeemed at the entrance.


Donate to The Exceptional Foundation

At The Exceptional Foundation we are committed to enhancing the lives of all those with special needs, regardless of their financial means. Donations from individuals, corporations and grants fund ¾ of our operating costs. Caring for a loved one with special needs can be both rewarding and challenging. Your donation makes it possible for exceptional individuals to participate in our programs, benefitting our participants as well as their families and caregivers.