TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Tallahassee Bar Association is hosting their 24th Annual Chili Cook-Off on Wednesday at the Goodwood Museum and Gardens' Carriage House.
TBA says all proceeds from the event benefit the Legal Aid Foundation of Tallahassee.
The association will also be awarding its Lifetime Professionalism Award to Scott Manion, Director of Litigation of Legal Services of North Florida.
"It is wonderful to be recognized by my colleagues doing something I genuinely enjoy," says Manion, "I am humbled by the recognition from my peers and the Tallahassee Bar Association. I've been fortunate to work in legal services all these years and help so many people with their legal needs. Working with the judiciary, the Tallahassee Bar, my fellow lawyers, and especially my clients has been a pleasure and an honor."
Organizers say 14 teams will compete in five categories: Best Bedecked, Best Five Alarm, Most Unusual Chili, People's Choice, and Most Magnificent Margarita.
Those who attend will receive free samples of each team's chili and margarita.
The teams this year include: Tallahassee Women Lawyers; Florida Government Bar Association; Berger Singerman; Cole, Scott & Kissane; IMS Business; Fasig Brooks; Ausley McMullen; Pennington Law; Big Bend Chapter of the Paralegal Association of Florida; Hopping, Green & Sams; Florida State College of Law Student Bar Association; Legal Services of North Florida; Division of Administrative Hearings; and Akbar Law Firm.
TBA says judges for the competition include Magistrate Amanda Wall, State Attorney Jack Campbell, Sonya Walters from Luxe Catering, and Judge Stephen Everett.
In addition, the President of the Florida Bar, John Stewart, will present the winners of this year's Chili Cook-Off, and Jamie Van Pelt from ESP Media will emcee the event.
The cook-off is sponsored by Cole, Scott & Kissane; Hopping Green & Sams; Accurate Serve; Clio; CourtCall; DSK Law; Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company; Ben Gantt - Northwestern Mutual; Cotney Construction Law; Phipps Reporting; Real Property; Probate & Trust Law Section; Tri-Eagle Sales; Ausley McMullen; Josh Bentley – Northwestern Mutual; The Corry Law Firm; and the Young Lawyers Section of the Tallahassee Bar Association.
The event is open to the public and starts at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets purchased in advance are $25 for TBA members, $30 for general admission, and $15 for students.
Organizers says tickets at the door will be $35 for TBA members and general admission, and $15 for students.
Click here to purchase tickets in advance.