More Than Just Chili

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For the past twelve years, on the first Saturday in March, the community of Birmingham convenes in one location to compete in a Chili Cook-Off. Friendly competition takes place, as 112 local businesses will compete to win the trophy for the “Best Chili”. On Saturday, March 5, 2016, the Chili Cook-Off will take place in the parking lot at Brookwood Village on Lakeshore Blvd from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. While the chili may make your taste buds dance, the true meaning behind this event is about the men and women that it supports.

LittleGirlThe Exceptional Foundation was founded in 1996 and was created in order to give adults with special needs a place to gather daily in the community of Homewood. There are numerous activities available including, bowling, art, volunteer service, swimming, basketball, softball, Special Olympics and dances. In order to provide all of the amazing outlets for these individuals, The Exceptional Foundation knew that they needed to find a way to raise money. The largest fund that they receive is from the Chili Cook-Off, which has raised more than $1.6 million.

The Chili Cook-Off brings the community of Homewood together, while raising money for a great organization. This event is more than just about chili; it is about people helping people.


Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Children 12 and under enter free. For more information, visit


Photos courtesy of The Exceptional Foundation.