Neighborhood celebrates 20 years of chili cook-offs


More than seventy neighbors gathered in the cul-de-sac on Chaparral Way for the 20th annual Chili Cook-Off. This private event is held annually for the current and former residents of Chaparral Way.

There were 17 entrants competing for Cook’s Choice and People’s Choice awards. There are no fees or forms to fill out to enter the contest. “We keep the rules simple,” says organizer Todd Stover. “Just show up with your chili in a crock-pot and you’re entered.”

New neighbors Kevin and Kim Lanouette won first place in the People’s Choice category. Second place went to Trevor and Debbie Moreno. Phil Sydow and Debbie Aguilar came in third. The winners of this award are determined by those attending the event.

In the Cook’s Choice category, Ken and Wendy Signorio won first place. Coming in second was Brian Byers. Kevin and Kim Lanouette took third place. The winners of the award are determined by the contestants.

All winners were awarded prizes. The first place winners were awarded perpetual trophies.

Todd started this annual block party shortly after moving to Canyon Lake 20 years ago as a way for his neighbors to come together and get to know each other better. “Many friendships have been formed among the families here,” said Todd. “We believe it has helped make our street a desirable place to live. We had three new families buy houses on the street this year and join us. It’s a great way to get to know your neighbors.”

Todd would like to thank all those who attended and participated in the contest, Trevor and Debbie Moreno for providing the bounce house for the kids, Nicole San Nicolas for baking the custom cupcakes again this year, Ken and Wendy Signorio for the trophies and banner and Lance Lillie for participating in the cook-off for the past 20 years. “It’s the spirit of helping and participating that keeps this event alive year after year,” said Todd.