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6th Annual Builders Exchange Chili Cook-off – February 12th


If you love making chili, having a ton of fun and winning a prize for doing it, then enter your chili in the 5th Annual Builders Exchange of Kentucky Chili Cook-Off on February 12, 2016.   Dig out your favorite recipe or find a copy of your grandmother’s cookbook and start cooking! Awards for First Place, Second Place, and People’s Choice will be provided by the Builders Exchange of Kentucky.

Love the taste of chili and socializing with your fellow members? If so, consider volunteering as a judge or just join us for lunch. Judging is a fun opportunity to taste a variety of chili in a social atmosphere. Judging will begin at 11:00 AM. All members are invited to enjoy a great lunch at 11:30 AM at Builders Exchange of Kentucky. Space is limited so please let us know as soon as possible if you will be attending.

RSVP to Treva Masters at if you would like to enter.

Click here for full details and registration forms.

Contestant Information and Rules:

  1. Anything goes! Red chili, white chili, chili with no beans: whatever you think is best! Your chili may consist of any kind of meat, pepper, pre-cooked or canned tomatoes, various spices, and other ingredients, such as any variety of beans.
  2. Each contestant may enter only one batch of chili. There will be a 1st, 2nd, and People’s Choice.
  3. Each contestant will be assigned a contestant number by the scorekeeper.
  4. Each contestant will be responsible for turning in his or her crockpot to the judging area by 11:00 AM.
  5. All ingredients must be pre-cooked and ready-to-eat.
  6. Spoons and cups for use in serving chili to the guests will be provided. Condiments will also be provided.

Judges will vote for the chili they like best based on only two major considerations:

Color – Chili should look appetizing.

Aroma – Chili should smell good. This also indicates what is in store when you taste it.

Consistency – Chili must have a good ratio between sauce and meat. It should not be too dry, watery, grainy, lumpy, or greasy.

Taste – Taste, above all else, is the most important factor. The taste should consist of the combination of the meat, spices, etc. with no particular ingredient being dominated.

Aftertaste – The aftertaste or “bite” is the heat created by the various types of spices and or peppers.

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Builders Exchange Members Gala Silent Auction Items

The 2015 Builders Exchange Members Gala is coming up this Thursday, March 12th!

The items below are a sneak preview of just some of the items that will be available for bidding during the silent auction:


Kichler Pendant Light Fixture (Donated by Engineered Lighting Sales)

Catered Breakfast at your Business for 25 (Donated and Prepared by Builders Exchange of Kentucky)

1-Week Orlando Vacation Package (Donated by Republic Bank)

Sheraton Vistana Resort in Orlando, Florida

Cincinnati Reds Package (Donated by ARC Reprographics)

Great American Ballpark – Home of the Cincinnati Reds

40″ Samsung Smart TV (Donated by Builders Exchange of Kentucky)

Butterfly Bench (Donated by Padgett, Inc)

Churchill Downs Spring Meet Box for 6 (Donated by Abel Construction)

Churchill Downs

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone there on Thursday!

– Builders Exchange of Kentucky

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87th Annual Gala Recap and Picture Gallery

Builders Exchange of Kentucky celebrated its 87th birthday in style at The Olmsted on March 27th! The annual gala was shared by more than two-hundred guests and was filled with many memorable moments. The evening’s festivities began with a hospitality hour and included a silent auction of more than forty generously donated items. Nearly five thousand dollars was raised to benefit the Builders Exchange Scholarship Program.

The evening’s program included a unique perspective of Louisville’s neighborhoods offered by Councilman Tom Owen, a heartfelt tribute to John Kelly, congratulatory awards presented to two Builders Exchange retiring board members (Paul Clements and Mike Harpring), firms celebrating milestone anniversaries with Builders Exchange, and the presentation scholarships to sixteen worthy recipients.

The event was unforgettable thanks to so many people. The sponsors, the silent auction donors, the presenters, The Olmsted, and the Builders Exchange staff all worked together to celebrate the evening in style! A special thanks goes to the Builders Exchange members. This celebration is for you!

Check out the gallery below!

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