The General Assembly Wild Game Chili Cook-Off is hereby dead and buried. Thank you for your support over the last 26 years. A special thanks goes to all of the cooks who volunteered their time and recipes.

Chief judges and record five-time winners Ron Tillett and Harold Ellis

Chief judges and record five-time winners Ron Tillett and Harold Ellis

The General Assembly Wild Game Chili Cook-Off was an annual non-partisan, charitable event held from 1992-2017 in Richmond while the state legislature was in session. This free event was for anyone who roamed the grounds of Capitol Square – legislators, staff, lobbyists, and friends – and featured a variety of wild game, tame meat, and vegetarian chili recipes from familiar faces around Virginia. 

It was one of the rare times you could get legislators, government officials, lobbyists and staffers together just for fun -- a no-politics zone that, for many, was the only time of the year they got to try wild game.

Recipes from over the years included wild boar, bison, venison, kangaroo, bear, moose, dove, goose, pheasant, caribou and elk. Judges would select First, Second, and Third place winners as well as recipients of the 'Spiciest' and 'Most Hospitable Chef' awards. The Chili Cook-Off was featured in the Food Network Magazine, Style Weekly, Richmond Navigator and The Virginian-Pilot.