Chili Cook-off

CANCELED: 2020 Head of the Lakes United Way Chili Cook-off

With regret, we have made the decision to cancel the 29th Annual Head of the Lakes United Way Chili Cook-Off due to recommendations made by the CDC regarding COVID-19 and large, in-person events.


2019’s winners:

United Way hosted its 28th Annual Chili Cook-Off on Thursday, September 19th at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) Arena. Twenty-three participants competed for Chili honors. And the winners are…

People’s Choice   DECC Concessions Department

Best Spirit (Best Booth Decorations)   Lutheran Social Services/Valentini’s

Professional Division
1st Place: Essentia Health
2nd Place: Lutheran Social Services/Valentini’s
3rd Place: Duluth Bethel

Amateur Division
1st Place:  Valley Youth Center
2nd Place:  My 95.7/Lakeside Dental
3rd Place: KAT 98.9/The Other Place

Hottest-Yet-Edible: Crooked Pint

Vegetarian: DRCC

Most Unique: DECC Concessions Department


2019 Contestants


1 Lutheran Social Services/Valentini’s
2 DECC – Concession Dept.
3 The Hills
4 Duluth Bethel
5 Caddy Shack Indoor Golf & Pub
6 Mentor Duluth/Superior
7 JJ Astors
8 Green Mill Duluth
9 My 95.7/Lakeside Dental
10 Crooked Pint Duluth
11 Harmony Club/Human Development Ctr.
12 Amazing Grace Bakery & Café
13 Girl Scouts Lakes & Pines  *
14 Little Angie’s Cantina
15 Minnesota Power/Belle Vista Café
16 Kat 98.9/The Other Place
17 Essentia Health
18 Valley Youth Center
19 ARC Northland
20 Lake Superior Catering
21 Famous Dave’s Duluth
22 DRCC  *
23 DECC – Catering Dept.