2012 Chili Champions!

The 2012 Chili’n on the Avenue CASI winners were:
1. Wes Carlson  – Loves Park, IL
2. Bill Pierson  – Batavia, IL
3. Jim Weller  -Rockton, IL
4. Jill Goldberg – Madison, WI
5. Georgia Weller – Rockton, IL
6. Kime Weller – Milwaukee, WI
7. Debbie Wasik – Chandler, TX
8. Mike Goodman -Pewaukee, WI
9. Chris Tait/Steve Carpenter – Wauwatosa, WI
10. Matt Stippich  – Wauwatosa, WI

The 2012 top 3 in the ‘Open’ (anything goes!) category were:
1. Pat Gustafason – Chicago, IL
2. Scott Miller/Chris Turner – Wauwatosa, WI
3. Chris Tait/Steve Carpenter – Wauwatosa, WI

The top 3 2012 Salsa winners were:
1. Mike Goodman – Pewaukee, WI
2. Jill Goldberg – Madison, WI
3. Mike Oblamski – Menomonee Falls, WI

The 3 that took home the prize for Showmanship (aka: the best blinged-out booth) were:
1. Dos Sombreros (Scott Miller/Chris Turner) – Wauwatosa, WI
2. Packin’ Some Heat (Christ Tait/Steve Carpenter) – Wauwatosa, WI
3. Jill’s Leapin Lambeau Chili (Jill Goldberg) – Madison, WI

And this year’s People’s Choice champion was Wauwatosa’s own….
DOS SOMBREROS (Scott Miller/Chris Turner)


Congratulations and THANK YOU  to ALL of the cooks who participated in this year’s Chili’n on the Avenue!!

For photos of the awesome event, visit our facebook page!


More information on our great event!!


It’s not too late to register! You can register from 8-9am on Saturday. We will have forms on site and will take cash or check {written out to East Tosa Alliance}.

Pricing is as follows:
$25.00 for entry into single category
$35.00 for entry into two categories
$50.00 for entry into all three categories


Q: How large is my space?

A: Approximately 12×12.

Q: What time can I start setting up?

A: We recommend showing up between 8am-9am to start setting up. The festival begins at 11am, but judging and turn-in are not until 1pm.

Q: Can I marinate my meat ahead of time?

A: No. All food *must* be prepared from scratch. “Scratch” is defined as starting with raw meat. No marinating is allowed. Commercial chili powder is permissible, but complete commercial chili mixes (“just add meat” mixes that contain pre-measured spices) are NOT permitted.

Q: Does Chili’n provide electricity for cooks?

A: No. In the past, most cooks have used either camp stoves or turkey fryer-type pots atop a propane burner. We don’t generally recommend generators, as they are pretty loud and its a pretty small space.

Q: Can I decorate?

A: Yes. All cook off participants are encouraged to participate in the showmanship category competition. The goal is to decorate your cooking space to reflect your chili.

Q: What kind of prizes are there?

A: We give trophies for 1st through 3rd place for CASI chili, and ribbons for 4th through 7th.  We also give trophies for 1st through 3rd places for homestyle chili, salsa, and the people’s choice award. We give ribbons for 1st through 3rd place for showmanship.

Good luck and may the best cook win!!!!


Ticket Prices:
Chili’n tickets are good for chili and salsa samples, as well as all beverages sold at the festival.

Carnival tickets can be used in the family area for games and rides.

Chili’n tickets … $1

Carnival tickets … $.25



water … 1 ticket

chili + salsa … 1 ticket

soda … 2 tickets

beer … 3 tickets

Mike’s Hard Lemonade … 4 tickets

sangria … 5 tickets


games + rides … 2 – 4 tickets, each

Wristbands … $8.00 for unlimited bounce, all day (slide, obstacle course, bounce house)


Over 21? Don’t forget your ID! You will be carded at the time of ticket purchase if you intend to purchase libations!

**Please note that vendors take cash only. Tickets are only good for the things listed above.**






Chili’n on the Morning Blend

Rachel spiced up The Morning Blend in a visit with Molly Fay and Tiffany Ogle to share about Chili’n on the Avenue.  Click to view the segment.

Help needed to chill!


We can’t do it without you!
While chili cooks and taste connoisseurs are important, in order for the crowd to have fun, we need volunteers!!!

If you’d like to give back to the community, please contact Volunteer Coordinators, Heidi or Harris Ladd, at laddfamily5@gmail.com or fill out the attached form and return!!

2012 Chilin Volunteer Registration Form

Top Chili Chefs…report!

Rack up your spices and brush off those recipes – Chili’n is back for another great East Tosa event on July 21. Cooks registration is now open so don’t miss out on your chance for the title of best chili cook!
2012 ChilinRegForm 2012