Stoves, Pots, Pans for WCCC

If you have any extra stoves, pots or pans you can bring to Las Vegas, please let me know what you have and which day(s) they are available to use.  I’m receiving requests to borrow these items and would like to create a spreadsheet to match up the loaners and borrowers.  Please bring your items to the ICS booth so we can label them to ensure they are returned to you. 

Thanks!

Allene Macklin

Firefrog70@gmail.com

928-566-1336  

PAPERWORK HAS BEEN SENT FOR THE 2014 WCCC!

If you have a valid email address listed in our database then your forms were sent to you that way over the weekend.  Those without an email address were sent to the Post Office and will arrive in your mailbox within a few days.

Please let me know if you do not get your paperwork and I will be sure that we get it to you as quickly as possible. Once you have the forms, send them back to me as soon as you can - it’s less than a month away and I need to get things in order.

Thanks,

Vickie

2014 WCCC SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 FRIDAY – OCTOBER 24th

10:00 am – 5:00 pm                           Public Event Hours            Tyson Fan Zone & Marketplace

7:00 am      LAST CHANCE Contestant Check-In Begins

  7:30 am      LAST CHANCE Chili Cooks Meeting (Mandatory)

  8:30 am      LAST CHANCE Cooks - Start Your Fires

   9:00 am      Best Booth Decoration And Showmanship Judging Begins

10:30 am      People’s Choice Chili Sampling Begins (NO SAMPLING BEFORE 10:30am)

10:30 am      Best Booth And Showmanship Judges Turn In Your Ballots To Scorekeepers  

11:00 am      LAST CHANCE Chili Judges Meeting At The Judging Tent

11:00 am - 11:45 am                   Chris Shivers Mini Bull Riding at Arena

11:15 am – 11:30 am                   Tyson Mascot Skit at Stage

11:30 am      LAST CHANCE Chili Cooks Turn In Cups For Judging - Judging Begins

11:30 am      HOMESTYLE Chili Cooks Meeting

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm                     “Outside the Barrel” with Flint Rasmussen at Stage

12:30 pm      HOMESTYLE Chili Cooks – Start Your Fires

  1:00 pm – 2:00 pm                     Mangalarga Marchador Demonstration at Arena

1:00 pm      Best Booth Decoration And Showmanship Judging Begins

  1:30 pm      People’s Choice Chili Sampling Begins for HOMESTYLE

  1:30 pm – 1:45 pm                      Tyson Mascot Skit at Stage

  2:00 pm      Best Booth And Showmanship Judges Turn In Your Ballots To Scorekeepers

  2:00 pm      Mr. Hot Sauce Contest (Sign Up At Stage)

  2:30 pm – 3:15 pm                     Chris Shivers Mini Bull Riding at Arena

  3:00 pm      HOMESTYLE Chili Judges Meeting At The Judging Tent

  3:00 pm – 4:30 pmLive Entertainment at Stage

  3:30 pm      HOMESTYLE Chili Cooks Turn In Cups For Judging - Judging Begins

3:30 pm – 4:30pm                      Mangalarga Marchador Demonstration at Arena

  4:30 pm     Announce LAST CHANCE And HOMESTYLE Winners at Stage (Approximate)

SATURDAY – OCTOBER 25th

11:00 am – 5:00 pm                            Public Event Hours                   Tyson Fan Zone & Marketplace

7:30 am      Military & Public Service Cooks Meeting

8:00 am      Military & Public Service - Start Your Fires

  9:00 am – 11:00 am                  PBR Fan Club Meet & Greet

  9:00 am      CHILI VERDE Cooks Meeting

  9:15 am      CHILI VERDE Contestant Check-in Begins

  9:30 am      SALSA Contestants Register And Receive Salsa Cup

10:00 am      SALSA Judges Meeting At The Judging Tent

10:30 am      Military & Public Service Judges Meeting – No ICS Judges Invited

10:30 am      SALSA Contestants Turn In Salsa For Judging

11:00 am      Military & Public Service Cooks Turn in Cups for Judging

11:00 am      CHILI VERDE Cooks - Start Your Fires

11:00 am – 11:45am                   Chris Shivers Mini Bull Riding at Arena

11:15 am – 11:30 am                  Tyson Mascot Skit at Stage

 11:30 am       Best Booth Decoration And Showmanship Judging Begins

 12:00 pm      People’s Choice Chili Sampling Begins (NO SAMPLING BEFORE 12:00pm)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm                  “Outside the Barrel” with Flint Rasmussen at Stage

   1:00 pm – 2:00 pm                   Mangalarga Marchador Demonstration at Arena

   1:15 pm – 1:30 pm                   Tyson Mascot Skit at Stage                 

  1:30 pm      Best Booth And Showmanship Judges Turn In Your Ballots To Scorekeepers  

  1:30 pm      CHILI VERDE Judges Meeting At The Judging Tent

  2:00 pm     CHILI VERDE Cooks Turn In Cups For Judging - Judging Begins

  2:00 pm      Miss Chili Pepper Contest (Sign Up At Stage)

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm                     Chris Shivers Mini Bull Riding at Arena

  3:00 pm – 4:30 pm                     Live Entertainment at Stage

  3:30 pm – 4:30 pm                     Mangalarga Marchador Demonstration at Arena

  4:30 pm      Announce CHILI VERDE And SALSA Winners At Stage (Approximate)

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm                     Fan Zone Closed to the Public

  8:00 pm (tentative)                    Gates Open for PBR 21st Birthday Party

  9:30 pm (tentative)                    PBR Program Begins – TLR Celebs, Rider Q&A, Birthday Party/Cake

 10:00pm – 11:30 pm                  Concert

SUNDAY – OCTOBER 25th

8:00 am – 12:00 pm                           Public Event Hours            Tyson Fan Zone & Marketplace

7:30 am      Traditional Red Contestant Check-In Begins

  8:00 am      TRADITIONAL RED Chili Cooks Meeting (Mandatory)

  8:15 am – 9:45 am                    Riding High Ministries Church Service

  9:00 am      TRADITIONAL RED CHILI Cooks - Start Your Fires

   9:30 am – 11:30 am                  Mangalarga Marchador Demonstration at Arena

  10:15am       Shoot-n-Holler Contest – Sign Up At Stage

10:30 am      People’s Choice Chili Sampling Begins (NO SAMPLING BEFORE 10:30am)

11:30 am      TRADITIONAL RED Chili Judges Meeting At The Judging Tent

11:30 am      Best Booth Decoration And Showmanship Judging Begins

11:30 am – 1:00 pm                    Live Entertainment at Stage

12:00 pm      TRADITIONAL RED Chili Cooks Turn In Cups For Judging - Judging Begins

12:30 pm      Best Booth Decoration And Showmanship Judges Turn In Your Ballots To Scorekeepers

  2:15 pm      Best Booth And Showmanship Winners at Stage

 3:00 pm      Announce TRADITIONAL RED CHILI Winners at Stage (Approximate) 

HOMESTYLE COOKOFF AT THE WCCC

The ICS World’s Championship Homestyle Chili Cookoff will soon be taking place! Many of our Homestyle winners are making the trip to Las Vegas and they will be seeded to the final table. To make this a viable cookoff at the WCCC, we have invited the 2nd and 3rd place winners of our qualified Homestyle cookoffs to compete and will give them first right of refusal before opening it up to anyone else who wants to compete. All participants must have an ICS Homestyle membership, which is $20 per year. No other fees will apply.

If you are interested in competing in this category and have or will have a Homestyle membership, please contact me at vickie@chilicookoff.com or call the office 904-379-2558 to let me know. I will be sure to add your name to the waiting list and contact you when I am sure of available spots.

SMOKE IN THE VALLEY CHILI COOKOFF - OCTOBER 4, 2014

Chili Cooks!
The first ICS Chili Cookoff on the East Coast is a 9 days away!
Smoke in The Valley Chili Cookoff is in Seymour, CT and will be the day after a BIG cooks party Friday night complete with the Mohegan Sun All Stars and other great bands and at least 10 food trucks.

This is a not to be missed event….and how nice would it be not to have to cook the rest of the chili year?
For more information, contact madmike@chilict.com and please sign up on the ICS site http://www.chilicookoff.com/Event/Event_Display.asp?EventID=3485

Michael Freedman
www.chilict.com

Calling all Chiliheads: Hot in Hancock has qualified Red & Green!

RED HOT IN HANCOCK (Weirton, WV) to be held Saturday, September 27th 2014 is searching for cooks!

Here are a few reasons YOU should join us:

* We are hosting RED, VERDE, SALSA and HOMESTYLE

* A win in Red could advance you to the Last Chance at Nationals plus our Verde, Salsa & Homestyle winners will automatically qualify

* Our Cook’s party Friday night will feature a roasted pig and a keg of beer (sponsor donated)

* Our local Holiday Inn is offering a special $20 off discount rate per night for cooks

* The first 32 cooks to register will be able to set up under the permanent tent 

 * Winners will receive specially commissioned commemorative Fiestaware Chili Bowls with our Red Hot in Hancock logo

* Excellent prize money:

RED

1ST-$1,000, 2ND- $250, 3RD-$100

VERDE

1ST-$250, 2ND- $100, 3RD-$50

SALSA

1ST-$100

HOMESTYLE

1ST-$100

SPONSORS CHOICE: TBA

SHOWMANSHIP: $50

Red Hot in Hancock Chili Cook-Off

c/o DeeAnn Greene

3185 Wylie Ridge Road
Weirton, WV 26062

304-723-0354

412-302-0591

FAX 304-723-3799

deeanngm@comcast.net

Visit us at www.redhotinhancock.com or download your application from our Red Hot in Hancock facebook page 

CONNECTICUT STATE CHILI COOKOFF RESULTS

Connecticut State

September 20, 2014

New Haven, CT

Saturday was a perfect day for the 22nd annual Connecticut State Chili Cookoff, and the crowd agreed. It was busy all day long, with the chili cooks serving their special recipes, craft vendors with their wares, and fun stuff for the kids. 

Special thanks to Sharon Willard, who has been the chairperson for this cookoff from the start. She always makes sure this is a favorite cookoff, both for the cooks and the people who come out to support the Community Action Agency of New Haven’s Meals on Wheels program. We also want to thank Csaba Vatai for once again helping us out in the judging area.

And our winners were:

Best Booth: Penne Childs, Freddy Beach Chili Company, Canada

People’s Choice: Ian McDaid, Burning Ring of Fire, CT

Salsa:

3rd- Mario Saccaccio, CT

2nd- Jason Frechette, CT

1st- Matt McSheehy, MA & FL

Verde:

3rd- Jonathan Everin, NY

2nd- Ian McDaid, CT

1st- Chris Bucciferro, CT

Red:

3rd- Isaiah Frechette, CT

2nd- Dave Schulman, CT

1st- Jonathan Everin, NY

CT State has a special category for any cook that has already qualified for World’s in Red chili. It’s a chance for that cook to do a practice pot before the big contest, and win a little cash to help pay for the trip. This year’s Las Vegas Cup winner was:

Scott Navaroli, MA

Congratulations to all the winners. See you in Vegas!

-Mary Alice Kropp

Calling all Chiliheads! Help still needed in Hancock! Red Hot in Hancock is almost qualified

chilicookoff:

RED HOT IN HANCOCK is searching for cooks in Weirton, WV (close to Pittsburgh & the Ohio boarder) for Saturday, September 27th 2014

* ICS cooks who bring 2 Gallons of People’s Choice chili will have their entry fees waived

* We are hosting RED, VERDE, SALSA and HOMESTYLE

* A win in Red could…

WCCC PACKETS FOR QUALIFIED COOKS WILL SENT OUT IN THE NEXT WEEK!

Qualified cooks should look for their 2014 WCCC packets in the next week. Most will be emailed so be sure to have a correct email address listed in your contact info! Fill them out completely and return as soon as you can (faxing/emailing them back works best). Please, do not fax/email them to me and then send a hard copy, that makes for a lot of paper flying around my desk:) For those that do not have an email address listed in our database, I will mail the packet out to you. 

Be sure to contact the ICS office by October 1st  if you know that you will not be attending, we want to give the 2nd place winner a chance to make their plans as well as be able to print the signs and aprons with the correct info.

Judges invitations will also be mailed next week so be sure to check your mailbox! Please return the enclosed RSVP to the ICS office as soon as possible so that your name can be added to the judge’s list. If we don’t receive your RSVP before October 17th, you run the risk of losing your spot on the judging table.

Calling all Chiliheads! Help still needed in Hancock! Red Hot in Hancock is almost qualified

RED HOT IN HANCOCK is searching for cooks in Weirton, WV (close to Pittsburgh & the Ohio boarder) for Saturday, September 27th 2014

* ICS cooks who bring 2 Gallons of People’s Choice chili will have their entry fees waived

* We are hosting RED, VERDE, SALSA and HOMESTYLE

* A win in Red could advance you to the Last Chance at Nationals plus our Verde, Salsa & Homestyle winners will automatically qualify

* The first 32 cooks to register will be able to set up under the permanent tent 

 * Winners will receive specially commissioned commemorative Fiestaware Chili Bowls with our Red Hot in Hancock logo

* Excellent prize money:

RED

1ST-$1,000, 2ND- $250, 3RD-$100

VERDE

1ST-$250, 2ND- $100, 3RD-$50

SALSA

1ST-$100

HOMESTYLE

1ST-$100

SPONSORS CHOICE: Mark Charles Misi cookware set…these sell on QVC for $110!

SHOWMANSHIP: $50

Red Hot in Hancock Chili Cook-Off

c/o DeeAnn Greene

3185 Wylie Ridge Road
Weirton, WV 26062

304-723-0354

412-302-0591

FAX 304-723-3799

deeanngm@comcast.net

Sign up on the ICS website at http://www.chilicookoff.com/Event/Event_Map_Search.asp?StateId=52 

Visit us at www.redhotinhancock.com or download your application from our Red Hot in Hancock facebook page 

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WCCC GOLF TOURNEY

Well folks, the venue for this years golf tourney on Thursday, October 23 is set. The first group will be teeing off at the Lexington course of the Revere Golf Club in Henderson, NV. I got a group rate of $95.00, which is a smoking deal for this course. We have 20 spots reserved right now, with a minimum guarantee of 13 needed. Playing so far are Paul Whitney, Rich Omerza, Matt Levy, Kurt Leithner, Bill Blakey, Linda Blakey, Christii Watkins and George Lott. Ian Mcdaid is a possible. He would put us at nine. I would absolutely love to fill all 20 spots. Hey Judy Wedemeyer, how about you this year? Michael Lesperance? Please email me at golfnchili@aol.com or call or text me on my cell, 928-853-1161. Looking forward to seeing you on the links!

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Here are some photos from the Pennsylvania State Cookoff…..For those of you who have not had the “pleasure” of this experience! Just click on the title to view

BEATTY DAYS REGIONAL CHILI COOKOFF - NOVEMBER 1, 2014

Attn: all chiliheads, the end of October is fast approaching. Beatty Days Regional is the weekend after the World and the first World’s qualifier in the West.

The Beatty Days Regional cook off will be held on Nov. 1st this year. I know it is the week after the World’s but you can make a vacation of it and stick around for Beatty Days.  This is a fun cookoff where you never know what will happen, it could be anything from a Parade, (which starts off the day) and a bed race, (you haven’t lived till you have seen one of these). There is also a contest for the best dressed dog, and a chicken drop raffle, (don’t ask). Sometimes that old chicken just doesn’t want to co-operate.

COOKOFF INFORMATION

RED CHILI: ENTRY FEE $35.00 + 1 GAL OF PC

1st Pl.  $500.00 + Plaque

2nd Pl. $200.00 +Plaque

3rd Pl.  $100.00 + Plaque

CHILI VERDE: ENTRY FEE $30.00

1st Pl.  $300.00

2nd Pl. $200.00

3rd Pl.  $100.00

SALSA: ENTRY FEE $10.00

 50/50 PAYBACK

PEOPLE’S CHOICE $100.00

BEST FIRST TIME COOK AWARD

BOOTH & SHOWMANSHIP AWARDS.

As usual there will be a $5.00 entry fee credit for each additional gallon of People’s Choice, with a maximum credit of $10.00 per team.

Hopefully you will be able to send your app through the ICS web site. If not please send me an email at chiliahr95@sbcglobal.net to let me know what you will be cooking.

The cookoff chairperson has blocked 13 rooms at the Death Valley Inn, 775-553-9400. These rooms will be held until October 7th.

The code is Beatty Chili Cook-off. You can find info about other motels at www.beattynevada.org  Fred and Patti have a few rooms available also.

There will be a potluck at the Happy Burro Chili and Beer, and there is a rumor that Ron Keel will be entertaining us again this year. 

Initial Heads-Up - Florida’s Early Qualifiers for 2015 Chili Year

Hi Everyone,

We all know that the 2014 World Championship is set for Oct 24 – 26, 2014 in Las Vegas. So with the WCCC still roughly a month and a half away, this “heads-up” may appear to be rather premature; perhaps…but my gut tells me that may not be the case.

Two reasons I don’t believe so.

  1. The World is nearly a month later than usual.
  2. This coming year’s Florida cookoffs are significantly more front-loaded than previous years’; and thus will come fast and furious following the World.

Therefore for future planning by cooks who perchance do not get crowned as Champions at the WCCC, I wanted to pass-on our various Cookoffs Chairmen’s’ best estimates for the 2015 Chili Year’s “Florida’s Early Qualifiers”. Some are already on the ICS website, others are not

Note: the below list only talks to those cookoffs with which Marshall and I are directly involved. I know for a fact that historically there have been at least two other Florida cookoffs during the time period covered; one is already on the website (Chili in the Park), one is not(Sunshine Regional)

  • November 8, 2014 – “Moosehaven Regional”; Orange Park Florida (Jacksonville area)
    • Superbly organized; gorgeous location on the banks of the St. John’s River
    • Great attendance support
    • Awesome breakfast
    • Lots of modest priced accommodations nearby
    • Already on the ICS website – to include flier
    • November 15, 2014Same Day, Back to Back “Chili Chicks Regional Cookoffs” , Lake Park Florida (West Palm Beach area)
      • Long time cookoff; second year as a two qualifiers on same day, also held at a new location from prior ones beginning last year
      • Great Cooks Party Friday evening, great/superbly organized cookoff, 2 shots at WCCC in same day, lovely location right on the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), excellent hotel pricing, “Chili Chicks”
      • Very strong attendance support, with constant stream of people coming/leaving throughout the event
        • Organizers stock canned chili to supplement ICS cooks’ required People’s Choice, so chili remains available for the crowd
    • Already on the ICS website
    • November 22, 2014 - “name TBD Regional” at the Ocean Manor Beach Resort in the Fort Lauderdale area; replacement for Nicky’s Regional Cookoff
      • Understand that ICS paperwork is being submitted, so fairly solid
      • Same Chairman/organizer person as Nicky’s, but new location – Ocean Manor Beach Resort; never been there, but location looks very pretty on website
      • Not yet on ICS website
      • December 6, 2014 (Saturday)  - “Smokin on the Bay Regional #1”; Key Biscayne Florida (Miami area)
        • Second year after a superb initial one; much bigger & lots more happening for this year; bigger Prize Money for Red, Verde, Salsa
        • Water Sports competitions
        • Live entertainment
        • Gorgeous location; area between the Miami Rowing Center and the (soon to be restored) Marine Stadium damaged by Andrew
          • For those who participated last year - on the other (Atlantic Ocean, versus Biscayne Bay) side of the Rickenbacker Causeway
          • Lots more room; plenty of parking
          • Right on the beach; watersports directly by the cookoff on the Atlantic lagoon
    • Friday Cooks Party planned for this year
    • For art aficionados, Art Basel Miami Beach going-on December 4 – 7
      • Art Basel: world’s premier international art show for Modern and contemporary works
    • Working on discount for accommodations at the Silver Sands Beach Resort in Key Biscayne - same place as last year
      • No shortage of other hotels available within a reasonable drive time
    • No yet on ICS website
    • Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned Professional & Backyard BBQ cookoffs – Saturday only
    • Organizers will provide canned chili, to supplement ICS cooks required People’s Choice for the crowd – Saturday only
    • December 7, 2014 (Sunday) – “Smokin on the Bay Regional #2”; Key Biscayne Florida (Miami area)
      • Ditto first eight above… plus
      • Miami–Dade Fire Stations Chili Challenge for Majors’ (City of Miami, Miami Dade County) Trophy
        • Additional chili for crowd
    • Homestyle Chili Cookoff
      • Still more chili
    • No canned chili; however People’s Choice still required
    • New wrinkle (for me) on People’s Choice
      • Public will purchase “Chili Bucks”, and with 10 Chili Bucks will receive a ballot
        • Public will give teams a Chili Buck for each tasting
        • Public will turn-in their ballots
        • Ballots will determine People’s Choice
        • However; teams can (if they choose to) turn-in collected Chili Bucks…and receive back half their value in cash!
          • Win-win with the charity
          • Sound like a pretty good incentive – will be interested to see how that works
    • Whole-Hog Roasting Tailgate Party (whole hogs distributed Saturday afternoon; teams may cook overnight), $500 entry fee (fee includes the approx. $200 dressed whole hog), $10,000 1st Prize + lots more places’$s
      • Should ICS cooks be interested, organizers could team them up with local cooks…
      • Or cookoff can provide them a “Caja China” – whole hog charcoal roaster
      • Manufacturer is an event sponsor - http://www.lacajachina.com/
        • The above website is worth a view, even if you’re not interested in participating; one of the (many) links on the website, is an 8 minute video of Martha Stewart with an expert on preparing/cooking a suckling pig in a Caja China
        • Really cool; great explanation, visuals… plus your mouth will water
    • Best Decorated Booth – big prize money
    • January 25, 2015 -     “99.9 KISS Country Regional Chili Cookoff”; CB Smith Park, Pembroke Pines Florida (Ft. Lauderdale area)
      • 28th Year; huge cookoff (largest qualifier in ICS according to Vickie) with 130+ teams (and a waiting list), all ICS members & all local – for majority of cooks, their only cookoff for the year
      • Very pricey; but includes early arrival/entry (6 AM) before gates open to crowd (8:30 AM…people – young ones - “tailgate” from around 2 AM to be at the head of the line) plus reserved parking, own location with own food/beverage (you provide structure/tent), 4 entries to site (concert) included + 4 more people (if choose to) with a pre-purchased concert ticket ($40 ahead; $45 day-of)
        • Tickets limited to 20,000; past few years sold out well before event
    • Concert: historically 5 Country Music Headliner Acts
      • You name a famous Country Music star/act, highly doubtful if they have not performed at Kiss Country Chili Cookoff; many, more than once
    • Salsa, Red Chili, Best Booth & Best Showmanship (no Verde)…with the Booths & Showmanship in an absolute “class of their own”
    • Per the “rules/guidance”: giving out chili tastes NOT ALLOWED…
    • Trophies for 5 places in all four competitions, including small trophy duplicates for each of 4 team members; no Prize Money
    • If you haven’t yet figured it out – a MAJOR HAPPENING… with a chili cookoff attached; pretty awesome
    • Not yet on the ICS website
    • February 7, 2015 -     “Chili in the Village Regional”; Pinecrest Gardens, Pinecrest Florida (Miami Area)
      • Third year after a 5+year hiatus as one the (then very few) South Florida “early qualifiers”; very well run cookoff
      • Pinecrest Gardens was the original home of the famous “Miami Parrot Jungle”; acquired by the Village of Pinecrest when Parrot Jungle (now Jungle Island) moved
        • Drop-dead gorgeous & lush setting
        • Once described by now retired ICS cook Marilyn Fredrick as: “the most beautiful place I have ever cooked chili”
    • Really big attendance support from the residents of Pinecrest (very “upscale” community); constant stream of people coming/leaving throughout the day – lots of families with young ones
      • Organizers stock canned chili to supplement ICS cooks’ required People’s Choice, so chili remains available for the crowd
    • Plenty of modestly priced accommodations within 20 minutes or less
    • Terrific “Farmers Market” the next day (Sunday) at Pinecrest Gardens, for those who happen to remain in the area prior to heading back
    • Already on the ICS website
    • February 14, 2015 ( Saturday) - “Chili in the Keys Regional”; Moose Lodge, Islamorada Florida (Middle Keys – Florida Keys)
      • Beautiful Florida Keys…in February(!); doesn’t get much better
        • Plus a Bloody Mary at the Moose Lodge is around $3.00…
        • Breakfast is also excellent…and inexpensive
    • Great cookoff and top cooks; however very laid-back…it is “The Keys” after all
      • There are ‘old timers’ who say: “the Keys have changed…and are not what they used to be”
        • True enough; but what they fail to recognize is that the rest of the country has also changed…and the Keys’ difference/gap is still very much real and there, plus very palpable/enjoyable
    • According to hearsay: for many cooks, “it ranks with their favorite cookoffs of the year”
      • And methinks that might have something to do with the geography…rather than the (also) superb organization & judging
    • Not yet on the ICS Website
    •  February 15, 2015 (Sunday) - “Florida State Chili Championship”; Moose Lodge, Islamorada Florida (Middle Keys – Florida Keys)
      • Ditto everything above

By my count, that makes 9 for certain - and most likely 10 - “WCCC Qualifiers” between early November and mid-February; that over 7 weekends. It is also the time of year for some of the prettiest weather down this way…which may be a consideration for our non-Florida cooks.

I figured that no-way was there going to be a repeat of last year’s grotesque weather up north - when many of us learned a new term: “Polar Vortex”…And where I remember one day the news reporting that Florida had been the only state (of the contiguous 48) that had not recorded a sub-freezing temperature anywhere in the state.

Therefore I had no intention of going there as promotion/encouragement for our out-of-state brother & sister cooks to come join us. However it appears that AccuWeather does not quite agree with me; so I’ll offer the below as “food-for-thought”….

Fall 2014: Polar Vortex to Visit Northeast; South at Risk for Tropical Hit

By Kristen Rodman, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer

August 08, 2014; 3:53 PM

…While the West undergoes another period of heat and dryness, the Southwest, South and Texas will experience a soggy end to 2014. For the Northeast, blasts of winterlike air will arrive early this fall, serving as a reminder of last winter’s brutality.

Following a soaking November for Northeastern residents, El Niño will make its debut early this winter, fueling early winter snow across the area.

"December could get kind of wild due to the very active southern jet stream that is going to provide the moisture for bigger snowstorms," Pastelok said. "The Northeast could have a couple of big storms in December and early January."

… and given what has been going on this week with big snow in the Dakotas/Wyoming during what is still officially Summer, AccuWeather may be prescient.

Well, that’s it for this Heads-up. As each cookoff gets closer, I’ll post (and email) more specific information about it; updates, as well as “how goes it(s)”.

Looking forward to seeing many of you in Vegas, and hope to see a whole lot of you at the above cookoffs,

Sergei Kowalchik

Chief Judge

 

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