UPDATE: Bettendorf Fire Department Wins Annual Quad Cities Firefighters Chili Cook Off

September 23, 2023 - Bettendorf Fire Wins People's Choice Award AND Celebrity Judge's Favorite Chili!

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In one month, firefighters from every corner of our region will be challenged with the ultimate battle…

Who makes the best firehouse chili?

On Saturday, September 23rd from 1pm-4pm, all career fire departments around the area and several volunteer ones will face off in the 2nd Annual Quad Cities Firefighter Chili Cook Off. Presented by Navigate Realty, this event brings together our firefighters for a safe, fun, and “healthy” competition with all proceeds benefitting the Bettendorf Firefighters Benevolent Fund.

For $10, chili lovers can sample every fire department’s recipe and vote for the winner. There will also be an esteemed panel of celebrity judges including:

  • Reggie Freeman, East Moline Mayor
  • Bob Gallagher, Bettendorf Mayor
  • Mike Matson, Davenport Mayor
  • Mike Thoms, Rock Island Mayor
  • Decker Ploehn, Bettendorf City Administrator
  • Pat Angerer, Former Iowa Hawkeye/Indianapolis Colts Player
  • Pat “The Croatian Sensation” Miletich, Mixed Martial Artist
  • Westend Wang, Social Media Star
  • Dave Levora, Radio Personality & Host of “Brewed TV” on WQAD
  • David Bohlman, Anchor of “Good Morning Quad Cities” on WQAD
  • Dave Heller, Quad Cities River Bandits Owner with Special Guest: Rascal the Mascot
  • Malik Duncan, Quad City Steamwheelers Player
  • Nate Sheets, Quad City Steamwheelers Player
  • Dillion Fournier, Quad City Storm Player with Special Guest: Radar the Mascot

Other features of this annual event include performances from the talented students at the QC Rock Academy, a special beer can created by Adventurous Brewing in Bettendorf, and more!

Event Information:
Date:               Saturday, September 23rd, 1pm-4pm
Location:       Isle of Capri Covered Parking Lot, Bettendorf

ABOUT the Bettendorf Firefighters Benevolent Fund: The Bettendorf Firefighters Benevolent Fund is an organization that was established by a group of dedicated Bettendorf Firefighters and their families. Their objective is to support the health and welfare of the Bettendorf Firefighter and First Responder Community as well as their brothers and sisters throughout the Quad Cities. They assist first responders through the promotion of generosity and goodwill while enhancing camaraderie.

The Bettendorf Firefighters Benevolent Fund provides financial, physical, and emotional assistance to firefighters and fellow first responders and their families in times of need. They work with other non-profits to raise money locally and nationally for charitable contributions through events like the Quad Cities Firefighter Chili Cook Off and the ever-popular Pancake Breakfast.

ABOUT Navigate Realty: Navigate Realty is a full-service, independently owned brokerage dedicated to helping our clients “Navigate their Real Estate Journey.” Our brokerage is licensed in Iowa and Illinois, with a focus on the Quad Cities and surrounding communities. Navigate is dedicated to giving back to the community we serve through projects like helping to create and sponsor the Quad Cities Firefighters Chili Cook Off, donation drives for Humility Homes & Services as well as the annual Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley Over the Edge event.

At Navigate, we have a very intense selection process and we only hire agents who are highly skilled, ethical and dedicated to the real estate industry. Because of this, our agents are empowered to make big decisions on behalf of their clients. You know when you select an agent with Navigate, you are getting some of the best in the business!

The owner of Navigate, Jenny Staub, has a very special place in her heart for the Quad CIties Firefighters Chili Cook Off. Her husband, Tim Staub, is a 26-year veteran of the Bettendorf Fire Department. Jenny and Tim co-created this event together after attending the Sarasota Firefighter Chili Cook Off and realizing this would be an incredible event to bring back to the Quad Cities.