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Chicago Bears Small Business All-Pros

We are super excited to announce that our small business has been selected as a 2021 Chicago Bears Small Business All-Pros Gameday Eats Edition winner! The Chicago Bears along with VISA® are committed to supporting the efforts of the restaurant community as they build back. This year, the Bears are partnering with four small businesses in the […]

Taste of the West Side

This year the Taste of Chicago is doing something a little different so you can get your very own taste of the West Side! Taste of Chicago To-Go is a new and reimagined program presented in place of this year’s Taste of Chicago festival in Grant Park. The program includes free music, dance and food […]

Local Support Makes a Difference

It’s no secret that the restaurant industry has been hit pretty hard during these times. Without local support, stay-at-home orders, capacity limitations, pivots to delivery and takeout only, and so many other constraints can be devastating to small businesses. As the outbreak of COVID-19 continues to spread, restaurants have been forced to change operations, cancel […]

GMA3 Features Cocoa Chili!

On April 2, 2021, GMA3 featured Cocoa Chili Restaurant & Catering on their noon CST broadcast. The What You Need To Know segment is titled, ‘Business coach cooks up a secret sauce for success: Chicago entrepreneur Niquenya Collins now works for Cocoa Chili Foods.’ Check out the ABC 7 segment and Owner & Executive Chef Niquenya’s inspiration for starting […]

Meal Prep & Delivery Now Available

You’ve asked and now we’re answering with a new option for meal prep and delivery! Now you can have our delicious Afro-Caribbean-Soul fare with a sweet and spicy flair delivered directly to your doorstep at home. Our founder and Executive Chef, Niquenya, has joined the Shef program that kicked off today in Chicago. Meal prep, short for […]

Real Chat Daddy Show Feature

On Tuesday, March 30th, Owner and Executive Chef Niquenya Collins was featured on The Real Chat Daddy Show in celebration of Women’s History Month and Chicago Restaurant Week. The show, ran by Art “Chat Daddy” Sims, covers all the top news and entertainment stories of the day and all the latest COVID-19 statistics. According to the […]

Chicago Restaurant Week 2021

Chicago Restaurant Week is back this year running from Friday, March 19th through Sunday, April 4th and Cocoa Chili Restaurant & Catering will be participating to serve up our Afro-Caribbean-Soul fanfare with a sweet and spicy flair! Throughout the duration of this annual promotional event, diners can enjoy special prix fixe menus from restaurants throughout […]

Time Out Chicago Thinks We’re #1

We are so excited to announce that we have been rated number one in the best new restaurants to check out by Time Out Chicago! The article features 30 different new restaurants that have hit the scene recently and Cocoa Chili appears at the top of the list with the accompanying blurb… “The best new […]

Support our Crowdfunding Campaign

Please consider a contribution to our iFundWomen crowdfunding campaign. Any support you can provide is greatly appreciated! We are raising money to offset our startup costs so we can spend more time and attention building up our Table Talk empowerment series to achieve our mission to expose our community to unique, sustainably-sourced, educational foodie experiences that […]

Staple Foods & Leftovers

Join Chef Niquenya for a family-friendly, interactive online cooking class where she will demonstrate how to stock your kitchen with staple foods and transform leftovers into works of culinary art. You don’t want to miss this! Do you ever have one of those days where you don’t have the slightest clue what to eat? You’re […]