McKINNEY, TX Chili Teams will stir it up on Saturday, October 15 at TUPPS Brewery at the Historic McKinney Cotton Mill for the Second Annual Hot Tech Chili Cook-Off benefiting The WERX in McKinney and The Love Life Foundation.  The family friendly event will include TUPPS’ award winning beer, an acoustic set by Maylee Thomas and George Fuller in the afternoon and ‘Gander Slu’ will play in the evening on the TUPPS’ stage.  The event will also showcase technology demonstrations from The WERX entrepreneurs, and more!

The chili competition will be limited to 20 teams so now is the time for serious competitors to sign up for the competition.  Applications are available at  or by emailing or calling 214-856-4113.  Prizes will be awarded for the ‘People’s Choice Chili’ (voted on by the public) and ‘Best All Around Chili’ (judged by local dignitaries).  New this year, there will also be prizes for the ‘Hottest Chili’ and the ‘Most Unique Chili’.  Each team will be expected to deliver 12 quarts (3 gallons) of chili for judging and tasting.  The entry fee for the contest is just $50 and teams will receive two t-shirts, two beer glasses, two free TUPPS beers, chili tasting and the opportunity to win a unique trophy and cash prizes!  The Best All Around chili will win $500 in cash.  (For complete rules visit

The First Annual Hot Tech Chili Cook-Off benefits The WERX Foundation, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization that has the mission to build, grow and support small business in McKinney by providing start-ups with a dedicated collaborative work space, resources and educational programs, as well as fostering entrepreneurism in the community. (

We had so much fun at last year’s First Annual Chili Cook-off and this year we have taken into account a few things that went wrong and are correcting for this year…the biggest issue being that we needed more chili!”, said Christine Smith, Executive Director of The WERX Foundation.  “This year we’ve increased the number of teams and we’ve added more chili from ‘Local Yocal’ that will be available by the bowl.”

Once again, The WERX chose The Love Life Foundation to partner with on the event.  The mission of The Love Life Foundation is to expose the plight of at-risk children in our community and break the cycle of child abuse.

The Second Annual Hot Tech Chili Cook-Off is sponsored by TUPPS Brewery, The Cotton Mill of McKinney, and Local Yocal.  Additional sponsorships are available.  Contact Cindy Johnson at 214-417-5049 or email at for more information about sponsorships.

Advanced Tickets for the event can be purchased at