Chili chill-off

Illustration by Brian Breneman

With these increasingly cool nights, few things sound better than a hot, hearty bowl of stew. Or two. Or three. At the West Sac Chili Cook-Off, enjoy unlimited samples of chili prepared by local chefs, including those from de Vere’s Irish Pub, Dos Coyotes Border Cafe, the Porch Restaurant & Bar, Sail Inn Grotto & Bar and Fahrenheit 250 BBQ. You’ll also get a first taste of an upcoming West Sacramento restaurant, Smokey Fro’s. Given the wide range of cooking styles present—Southern, Irish, Mexican and more—you can expect flavors far beyond your run-of-the-mill chili. Formerly known as the Holy Cross Chili Cook-Off, the event is now in its fourth year and doubles as a fundraiser for the Holy Cross Academy. It takes place at 6 p.m. Saturday, November 19, at Raley Field (400 Ball Park Drive in West Sacramento). Grab $30 tickets at