LAST MINUTE VACATION OPPORTUNITIES IN THE NORTHEAST
Looking to get one last vacation in before the kids are back in school and summer ends? There are two opportunities coming right up.
Start your vacation this weekend in beautiful Vermont with the Vermont State Cookoff in Arlington. Spend the week vacationing in the Green Mountains and finish it up on August 2nd at the 30th Annual Massachusetts State Cookoff in Winchendon.
If you wait a bit longer you can start your vacation on August 16th at the NH State Cookoff in Hudson, spend a week exploring the mountains, lakes and beaches (NH does have 11 miles of coastline) and continue up to Wells, Maine on the 23rd for the Maine State Cookoff.
Operators are standing by. Make your reservations now!
CALIFORNIA STATE CHILI COOKOFF RESULTS
Another great weekend! The venue and the weather were beautiful. When we got there cooks were already setting up and had already been made aware of the “handicapped” area (near restrooms and judging areas). As Mike & Tony were unloading the El Pato donations to the cooks and judges, Smart & Final began setting up their booth with cornbread and tea in addition to the goodie envelopes delivered to the cooks, and the Cattledrive booth was set up to distribute the chili donation all day long. Mike Austin did his usual great job as Chief Judge; scorekeepers were Donnie Gordon, Ellen Dyer and Tish Crawford; Wranglers and general everywhere workers included Tony Austin, Bob Witt, Jim LaTendresse and Bob Dyer. Thank you all. You are the ones who make a cookoff run smoothly as this one did! And the winners:
2nd Place - Clark McGee, CA
1st Place - Nick Donato, CA
Salsa (10 Contestants)
3rd Place - Clark McGee, CA
2nd Place - Marion Donato, CA
1st Place - Nick Donato, CA
Chili Verde (10 Contestants)
3rd Place - Russell Barnes, CA
2nd Place - Ray Bogart, NV
1st Place - Barry Steinberg, CA
Red Chili (18 Cooks)
4th Place (3 way Tie ) Dave Thomas, Bill Ray & Karl Smith
3rd Place - Russell Barnes, CA
2nd Place - Eileen Beaty, CA
1st Place - Mike Hulka, CA
Congratulations to the winners! Thank you to all of the cooks and volunteers. Hope to see you all in Beatty in August.
2014 WORLD’S CHAMPIONSHIP CHILI COOKOFF
THE 2014 WORLD’S CHAMPIONSHIP CHILI COOKOFF IS FIRMLY SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 24-26!! THE CITY, VENUE, HOTEL INFORMATION AND DETAILS WILL BE POSTED AS SOON AS ALL OF THE ARRANGEMENTS ARE IN PLACE. STAY TUNED!
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NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL 2015
Major news concerning the 30th annual New England Regional Chili Cookoff!
TWO Regional International Chili Society sanctioned Cookoffs in one day.
May 2, 2015 - Somers, CT
6 chances to qualify in ONE day! Huge crowds, tons of stuff to do, see and eat and the BEST vendors and cooks anywhere……are YOU going to be there?
More news from our office as it becomes available.
FUTURE ICS JUDGES —- Jake Cook, 9, and Jilli Cook, 7, hang out with their grandpa’s 1999 Mazda Miata with ICS caps and his “MR.CHILI” license plate. Their grandparents are ChiliJohn and Kay Fenrich of Owasso. The Fenrichs will be putting on the 2014 ICS Oklahoma Championship Chili Cook-Off in Claremore, OK on Friday, Sept.5th. It will be a back-to-back with the long running MidAmerica Regional Chili Cook-Off. Both will be held at the Claremore Expo. Information on the Oklahoma Championship can be found on www.Owassochilifestival.com, and for the MidAmerica Cook-Off go to www.claremore.org. The two Cook kids (their grandfather wanted to nickname them “Chili Cook” but got close with “Jilli Cook”) really like ICS competition red and verde and want to be chili judges some day.
Presented by Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
Saturday, August 2, 2014
In a few weeks we all get together for a fun-filled day at the races, cooking chili and enjoying being with all of our friends! Once again the winners of Red & Verde will be invited to the World Open Chili Championship in Vegas Nov 14-16, 2014.
Adding to the festivities of the day is the 2nd annual Credit Union Chili Challenge sponsored by XDI with even more entries than last year. This is a great addition to the overall event attracting an even larger public crowd to taste chili.
We are not in the in-field area this year, so please come to the concert area at the west end of the grandstand and you will be directed further.
As a reminder, a 40” TV will be awarded to one lucky cook. A drawing will be held to determine the winner. One ticket will be given to each red and verde cook plus cooks serving People’s Choice only. Participating ICS cooks bringing in a new cook will receive one extra ticket and so will the new cook.
Please sign up at www.chilicookoff.com
For additional information, please contact
Red Brecke, Chairman 858-674-0840
Mike Stewart, Vice-Chairman 909-796-4122 email@example.com
We hope to see you all there!
NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL BACK TO BACKS …ON SAME DAY - MAY 2, 2015
May 2, 2015
Two Regional Chili Cook Off’s on the same day!!!
To honor the 30th anniversary of the New England Regional Chili Cook Off!
Honoring Jim Heywood.
Early turn in times to enable cooks to all cook in both Regionals.
Honoring Joe Harvey
Later turn in times to enable cooks to cook in both Regionals.
Special entry fee’s for BOTH events.
Only if cooking in all 3 categories
Day 1 $30 each for Verde and Red. If doing salsa, salsa is free to enter. If not cooking all 3, $35 for Red, $25 for Verde and $15 salsa.
Day 2 $30 each for Verde and Red. If doing salsa, salsa is free to enter. If not cooking all 3, $35 for Red, $25 for Verde and $15 salsa.
People’s Choice Chili: Two gallons for EACH event. THE PC CHILI IS PART OF THE ENTRY FEE SO PLEASE BE SURE TO BRING IT.
PLEASE bring as much People Choice chili as you possibly can. Our crowds are HUGE! Also I would suggest a one ounce ladle to make your life easier.
If you need spices, now is the time to order them. Great places for spices
http://www.mildbills.com Tell Kelly you are one of our cooks…they have fantastic red spices.
http://allthingschili.com Please tell Bob I said hello…and ATC is the place for the best green chili spices!
Jim Heywood Yute Division BOTH events!
We will have a full day of cooking!
Special no cost raffle for all cooks, truck pull, men vs women and more fun than legally allowed.
BIG BEAR CHILI COOKOFF RESULTS
What a beautiful weekend! The weather was near perfect and the crowd was one of the biggest I remember in many years! As usual we (Sweeney’s, Val, Mike & I) met Friday on the Patio at the Wishing Well for a pre-cookoff gossip. We were joined by Ken & Jan and Bob & Ellen, then after dinner Mike Jr & Laurie joined us. We solved all the problems that could possibly appear… well… We spent the evening with great friends and had a good time. Which continued Sat morn on site at 7am. Thanks to Mark Sweeney as Chief Judge and Mike Austin as Emcee; Val Gereghty who coordinated with Old Miners; Scorekeepers: Donnie Gordon; Melody, Kellie & Ryan Sweeney, and Tim Green, Mike Austin Jr and Ryan Sweeney on the tables. And the winners are:
Booth: T-Botts, Tom Bottelsen
1st Time Cook: Bryan Littleton
Best Local Cook: Kim Martin
Restaurant Division: Black Diamond Restaurant
Peoples Choice: Erik Hildebrand
Salsa: (10 Contestants)
2nd Place - Josh Lanting, CA
1st Place - Jim Latendresse, CA (Hat Trick)
Chili Verde: (10 Contestants)
3rd Place: Sachiko Brecke, CA
2nd Place: Paul Whitney, AZ
1st Place: Bob Dyer, CA
Red Chili: (21 Contestants)
4th Place: Dick Swenberger, AZ - (Lost the tie)
3rd Place: Howard Choate, CA
2nd Place: Eileen Beaty, CA
1st Place: Steve Crawford, CA
Thank you to all the cooks and volunteers for another great event. Hope to see you all at Cal State this weekend.
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Here are the winners:
Southern Summer Chili Night District
RED —- 10 Cooks
Preston Shaw 1st
Jim Weller 2nd
Stuart Frye 3rd
GREEN —- 4 Cooks (not enough to qualify)
Jim Weller 1st
Don Cullum 2nd
John Harwell 3rd
SALSA —— 9 Cooks (not enough to qualify)
John Blackwell 1st
Karen Cullum 2nd
Pete Combs 3rd
RED —- 15 cooks
Dicky Thorpe 1st TN
Susie Shaw 2nd TN
Preston Shaw 3rd TN
GREEN —-10 Cooks
Jim Weller 1st IL
Dicky Thorpe 2nd TN
Stuart Frye 3rd FL
Jan Sprouse 1st FL
John Blackwell 2nd GA
Karen Cullum 3rd TX
WASHINGTON STATE CHILI COOKOFF - AUGUST 16, 2014
Just a quick update for you. Below is the listing of who we have entered per category. I’m confirming those who have entered through the ICS website or directly contacted me. (If you did register and your name is not listed, please let me know!)
We are doing wonderfully on Chili Red, keep it up! Let’s make it over 20 this year!
1) Ron Bryan
2) Ann-Marie Anderson
3) Lisa Beaver
4) Chris Beaver
5) Lorren Patchett
6) Leonard Kellogg
7) Cathy Wilkey
8) Erin Wilkey
9) Pandora Hope
10) Mel Vanderbilt
12) Harry Robinson
13) Destry Henderson
14) Susan Simons
15) Bob Wetzel
16) Darol Wetzel
17) Christian Johnson
Chili Verde. Please consider adding this and help us recruit to sanction! Doing great!
1) Nick Fadich
2) Leonard Kellogg
3) Chris Beaver
4) Lisa Beaver
5) Ron Bryan
7) Bob Wetzel
8) Susan Simons
Salsa. We’re almost there. This is to be made and brought for judging only. Help us get over our magic 10!
1) Leonard Kellogg
2) Chris Beaver
3) Lisa Beaver
4) Ron Bryan
5) Darol Wetzel
6) Harry Robinson
7) Susan Simons
8) Christian Johnson
9) Destry Henderson
(To enter, it’s $40 Chili Red, $25 Chili Verde and $15 Salsa. All 3: $70.)
Looking forward to those returning! We have several joining us who competed in the Homestyle competition June 14 and some new faces.
Please keep spreading the word to get us to sanction all 3!
It’s gonna be HOT and CHILI Saturday, August 16 at Washington State Chili Cookoff!
Massachusetts State Chili Cookoff - August 2, 2014
Only a few weeks left!!! Many thanks to Mike and Mary Alice Kropp for agreeing to be Head judge and scorekeeper. I have about a dozen signed up early but need to know how many will be there. Currently have Kurt from NJ, Leigh Ann, Matt, Shaun, Dennis, Steven, and Jerry from MA, Anne Marie, Mario, and Les from CT, Judy from PA and Paul from AZ signed, All you others please sign up on ICS or send me an email. I will collect entry fees at the event. Also if not cooking PLEASE still come and be a judge. As a side note Paul Whitney has promised to attend from Arizona. As some of us oldtimers know he was instrumental in starting the first Mass State Cookoff!!! We (Kiwanis Club) are working hard to make this a great day. Without you it would not happen so Thanks…….Bruce
New Mexico State
(Back to Backs) August 9 &10, 2014
With only a little over a month to go, Bob Plager, the 2012 & 2013 Current ICS RED World’s Champion invites you to come cook or judge at the Back to Back cookoffs at the Route 66 Casino Hotel, only 20 minutes from downtown Albuquerque, on I-40. The dates are August 9th, and August 10th.
You still have time to book flights right now at reasonable rates, or decide to drive to the Albuquerque area. We have consistently had over 20 Red cooks per day for years, and Verde and Salsa are always close to 20 as well. We need cooks to sign up online, so the casino can determine what “free gifts” they will be giving out to the cooks. (Right now, it looks like a ceramic Chip and Dip set and a $10 discount on the buffet).
REGISTER ONLINE NOW AT:
The Southwest Regional is on Saturday, August 9th, and the New Mexico State is Sunday, August 10th. The casino supplies the tents (like the World’s), tables and chairs. No entry fees, provided you supply 2+ gallons of People’s Choice Chili to give away to the big crowd. Three chances to qualify for the WCCC each day. You must be an ICS member.
Prize money is great, and rooms at the casino (very nice), are inexpensive at $69/night for cooks. All rooms have refrigerators. Call 1-866-711-STAY by Aug. 3rd and mention “Chili Cookoff ” to get the $69 rate. The huge classic car and hot rod show next to the cookoffs is a must see, over 300 cars.
Come to cook, judge or gamble. Sunsweet prunes and the delicious chocolate covered prune samples will be given away. We’d love to have you!
Bob Plager - Chief Judge
Kathy Plager & Her Very Professional Scorekeeping and Wrangling Teams - Chief Scorekeeper
Steven Concho @ Casino
FIRST FIERY FOURTH PENDERYS COOKOFF BLASTS OFF
DALLAS, TX —- Chili cooks streamed into the Texas State Fairgrounds on the Fourth of July from near and far to compete to see which team could leave boasting it had cooked the “Best Darn Chili in Texas.” The Pendery’s Fiery Fourth Chili Cookoff was actually four cookoffs in one.
Participating in the day long event were cooks seeking a win in the International Chili Society (ICS) Texas State Championship Cookoff, cooks looking to triumph in the Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) Cookoff, chili chefs hoping to whip the competition in the Tolbert’s Chili Cookoff and chili connoisseurs seeking the ultimate title of Champion-of-Champions.
Coming all the way from the Cayman Islands to compete in the ICS Homestyle Chili competition was the team calling themselves “George Town Yacht Club” made up of Chris Van Ness and Amee Moore Traveling all the way from Connecticut was eventual ICS chili verde winner Dave Schulman, who will represent Texas in the chili verde category at the ICS World Championship Chili Cookoff in October.
Wes Carlson brought his salsa preparation talents to Texas from Illinois and was rewarded with a second place finish in the Salsa competition.
“This was the first time Pendery’s Spices have put on this huge cookoff, and they did a bang-up job on this Fourth of July,” said Chief Judge “ChiliJohn Fenrich. “The cookoffs were part of an ongoing fundraising effort for some really vital Dallas area non-profits and what was raised with chili contributed to $143,000 in donations.”
“We had a number of ICS cooks who have competed at World a bunch of times, plus we had some CASI cooks who crossed over and cooked ICS chili for the first time,” said Fenrich. “What was great is that these CASI newcomers to ICS did well in the judging and some of the veteran ICS World class cooks also placed high. This told me that my judges were doing a good job and knew what good competition chili should be. I am expecting our four category winners will all make the finals table come October.”
Chief Scorekeepers for the ICS portion of the event was Kay Fenrich. The Fenrichs, who now live in Owasso, OK, have been putting on ICS cookoffs at the district, state and regional level for more than 30 years in four different states.
“Bringing an ICS cookoff to a community is always a rewarding thing to do,” said ChiliJohn. “The work is hard, the people are always great and at the end of the day we feel we have helped make difference in the quality of life for those who benefit from the funds raised by the cookoffs.”
The Pendery’s Fiery Forth Chili Cookoff benefited:
- Homeless Veterans - HCC (The Housing Crisis Center) provides more housing for homeless veterans than any other agency in North Texas outside of the V.A.
- The Friends of Fair Park for maintenance, improvement and promotion of the FairPark, Home of the State Fair of Texas.
- ATO - Assist The Officer Foundation provides financial assistance to officers burdened with serious injury, life-threatening illness or other catastrophic event. Immediate assistance is also available to an officer’s family in the event of hte death of an active duty officer
The next ICS cookoff the Fenrichs will be organizing is the ICS Oklahoma State Championship to be held in Claremore, OK on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. It will be a back-to-back with the MidAmerica Regional cookoff to be held the next day, Saturday, Sept. 6th at the Claremore Expo. Details on the Oklahoma ICS cookoffs can be found on the ICS website and at www.owassochilifestival.com. Or by contacting ChiliJohn at 918-609-6211. And www.claremore.org and by calling Dell Davis at 918-341-2818.
ICSTEXASSTATE CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS
1st – Cliff Dugan, Red Rat Chili, Denison, TX
2nd – Morris Moss, Moss Man, Garland, TX
3rd – Bob Alexander, Baja Red Chili, Tulsa, OK
1st – Dave Shulman, Avon, CT
2nd – Mike Mayenschein, 2nd Wind Chili, Owasso, OK
3rd – Robert Pilant, Fat Travis Chili, Tulsa, OK
1st – Mick Joplin, Chilisaurus, Morgan. TX
2nd – Wes Carlson, Black Coyote, Loves Park, IL
3rd – Beatrice Chester, Penderys Pleasin’ Potion, Dallas, TX
1st – Bill Knobel, ATO Hot
2nd – Johnnie Sullivan, Acme
3rd – Laura Semmes, Laura’s Lava
CHECKING THE JUDGES’ SHEETS – ICS competitors gathered after results were announced at the first Penderys Fiery Fourth Chili Cookoff to find out what the judges thought about their offerings.
“I WON!!!” – Laura Semmes, a longtime CASI cook who entered the ICS competition for the first time at the Texas State Championship Cookoff, expresses her joy for coming in third in the new Homestyle competition. She was one of the many CASI cooks who tried competing for the first time in an ICS cookoff.