Reuben Kogut Memorial Kosher Chili Cook-off & Festival

Thank You to our Sponsors!

Green Pepper

The Shocket Family

Valerie and Jeff Newberg

Yellow pepper

Camp Young Judaea

Dr. Erin Arnold Orthodontics

12 Oaks Dental

Josh and Laura Abramowitz

Mark and Mae Levitan

Vertuno Family

O’Brien Family

Orange Pepper

Abby Rapoport and Samuel Baker Family

Kelly Family

Klein Family

Greg Sapire & Ana Boza

In kind sponsors

After more than five years away, we are excited to bring our beloved, fun for the entire family community event back to the Dell Jewish Community Center Campus! 

The cook-off has been renamed the Reuben Kogut Memorial Kosher Chili Cook-off & Festival in memory of our beloved past president, Reuben Kogut, who did so much to build community in so many ways and for so many years. 

We are carrying on his legacy with this special event which provides the opportunity for all members of CAA, the greater Jewish, and local community to cook, eat, and have some good ‘ole chili cook-off fun to strengthen our community bonds.

What’s included in your ticket purchase?

  • Taste + judge Kosher chili from over 20 competing teams, including up to four vegetarian teams
  • Music + Entertainment from DJ Rikko
  • Bouncy houses + entertainment for children of all ages
  • Craft projects from CAARS 
  • Kosher hot dog lunch from CAA Kosher Kitchen 
  • Marketplace with local vendors + community participants

*Kashrut is under the supervision of Rabbi Neil F. Blumofe

Where: 7300 Hart Lane at the Dell Jewish Community Center

Enter for a chance to win one of our two fabulous packages!


Our family friendly “Little Chili” package includes four Austin FC tickets for the game on July 15th, a Kendra Scott necklace & bracelet, and a two-hour party for 25 kids at Goldfish Swim School!  Package valued at over $1,500.

Our Night Out “Big Chili” package includes four box seats with one parking pass at the Moody Center (Duran Duran Concert June 6th) a $100 gift card to Sway, and more!  Package valued at over $1,500.

For questions about the raffle, please email Lanie Bailey at



Learn more about sponsorships here. Sign up to be a sponsor here.


The Reuben Kogut Memorial Kosher Chili Cook-off and Festival is less than two months away. Its success relies on having great volunteers in place on Friday, March 24, and Sunday, March 26 to help with everything from setting up tents and selling tickets to coordinating judges and keeping the bouncy houses safe and fun. Please visit the volunteer sign-up form and select a shift. Your participation will help guarantee a fun day.


We need your help to make the 2023 Reuben Kogut Memorial Kosher Chili Cook-off & Festival AMAZING! Please help out by loaning us a tent for the event! It’s an easy and significant way to contribute to the success of this event!


Galit Zudok is owner and chef of Gail’s Catering, a certified Kosher catering service in Austin.  Gail’s passion for Israeli and Moroccan cuisines has brought her from Jerusalem to Philadelphia and now to Austin.

John Sutton has been our own CAA’s beloved and longtime chef for over 30 years.  We are happy to welcome him back as a judge for our Kosher Chili Cookoff!

Martin Berson is an Austin restauranteur and founder of Snap Kitchen and more recently, has brought Houston-based restaurant Local Foods to Austin’s downtown 2nd street district.

Claude Benayoun is an Austin restauranteur and previous owner of Vespaio and Enoteca Vespaio on South Congress.  His current business venture, Licha’s Cantina is located in the 6th street district.

Team registration is now closed!

For more information or details contact:

Chili Cook-Off Co-Chairs

Marty Davis & Allan Wolf

Reuben Kogut Memorial