Keep those entries coming:
If you’ve entered Red and would consider adding another category, please let me know. Also, keep spreading the word so we sanction this terrific trio for Washington state.
We have newbies to ICS entering including a Grays Harbor CASI competitor. There are 5 states plus Washingtonians entered. How about a Canadian and another state or two represented? Eastern Washington?
If you have a 3-sided tent, please bring it for those ocean breezes. We are looking at ways to adjust as needed for coastal weather.
I’ve included a shot of sunset on the Pacific Ocean. Welcome to Pacific Beach in the North Beach, the closest resort area to Seattle metro on the Washington coast.
See you at the beach,
It’s that time again! The Del Mar Western Regional Chili Cook-off is just around the corner, and we are looking forward to another successful event. If you haven’t done so already, please apply on the ICS website.
Thanks to the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s generous donation of additional funds, the prize money remains at $3400.
1st Place Red Chili - $500 1st Place Salsa - $250
2nd Place Red Chili - $250 2nd Place Salsa - $150
3rd Place Red Chili - $150 3rd Place Salsa - $100
1st Place Chili Verde - $250 1st Place People’s Choice - $500
2nd Place Chili Verde - $150 2nd Place People’s Choice - $400
3rd Place Chili Verde - $100 3rd Place People’s Choice - $300
4th Place People’s Choice - $200
5th Place People’s Choice - $100
As applications are received, a parking pass for the track will be mailed to you. Carts will be provided to exit the cook-off and tables are available for your use. Please come out to this exciting venue at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and enjoy a day at the races. The Thoroughbred Club wants to see this event grow larger and larger each year, so we need to keep the patrons happy with lots of chili to taste and vote on. The more you serve the better chance you have to win!!!
Our cook-off has once again been identified as one of the world’s premier food competitions. This year’s Red winner will receive an official WFC Golden Ticket and be invited to compete at the World Food Championships being held in Las Vegas. The event will pit the winners of the biggest and best food competitions against each other for a championship title. Additional information can be obtained by visiting worldfoodchampionships.com.
Any questions, please contact Red Brecke at 858-674-0840, email@example.com
We’re getting closer to this year’s Washington State Chili Cookoff. It’s great to have you who have already signed up and there’s still time to head to the beach and enter to win in Washington Saturday, June 29 in Pacific Beach.
Attached is information from Grays Harbor Health Department. If you’re cooking in the cookoff (chili or salsa), you will not be required to have a separate permit. You DO need a Washington Food Workers Card. It’s available online for $10 and here’s your link:
We have an agreement that if there’s if you have a group working under a tent together, TWO of you need health cards. There is a form in the attachments for others to read and sign (Rules of Operation). This way if someone is away from the cooking, you have someone else with a Health Card.
I do have lodging information happy to share including:
Penthouse-Sand Dollar Inn (2 blocks from cookoff and 1 block from the beach).
Please call me for booking.
Also, still working to sanction in RED, VERDE and SALSA!
We have more than 10 for RED, but please keep ‘em coming!
Hello Chili Cooks and Friends!
Thank you so very much for joining Nemacolin Woodlands Resort for our 4th Annual Five Alarm Mountain Madness Chili Cook-Off and BrewFest held last Saturday, June 8, 2013. The weather really was on our side as we welcomed 54 ICS Cooks, with 21 competing in Salsa, 24 competing in Verde and 41 competing in Red! The crowd was great, bands were rocking, 10 Brewers, and 30+ Vendors made for one fun event! This is the first year that we have sold out of Tasting Kits and that frantic call was received at 1:30 p.m., just 2.5 hours into the event. However, we were able to provide Ticket Sales with more supplies and continued to sell. The accomplishments of our event weekend would not have happened without you… our Cooks. You make this event and we appreciate that you return year after year and for spreading the word so that we may welcome new cooks each year as well.
Recognition of first-time ICS Members that competed with us:
• Robert Lighty - Bulldozer Smoke Stack from Pennsylvania
• Scott Shingleton - Chop Chop Chili from Pennsylvania
Here is a recap of the Winners:
Restaurant Division - The Supper Club at the Greensburg Train Station
Prize: Plaque & One Night Nemacolin Stay with $100 Resort Amenity
Credit Community Cook-Off – Bobby Cart
Prize: Plaque, $200 Nemacolin Gift Card & Cooking With Beef Cookbook
Best Showmanship / Booth – Todd and Kim Sloane - Hot As Your Asphalt Chili
Prize: $200 Nemacolin Gift Card
People’s Choice – Dave Violette - Surgical Precision Chili
Prize: Plaque and Two-Night Nemacolin Stay with Dinner for Two and $200 Resort Amenity Credit
3rd Place: Annette Daly – Belle On Wheels Salsa (Plaque & $50)
2nd Place: Rick Sievering – Starboard Galley (Plaque & $100)
1st Place: Tom Hoover – Happy Trails! Chili (Advancement to World’s Championship, Plaque & $250)
3rd Place: Dave Violette – Surgical Precision Chili ( Plaque & $100)
2nd Place: Christii Watkins - Good Times Chili (Plaque & $250)
1st Place: Jim Parker – Jim’s Work In Progress (Advancement to World’s Championship, Plaque, & $500) – HAT TRICK
5th Place: Carrie Lentz-Parker - Belle Breezing Bordello Chili by Carrie
4th Place: Craig Chodkowski - Chud’s Chili
3rd Place: Christian Parker – (Plaque & $250)
2nd Place: Lew Wheeling – Lewdacris Chili (Plaque & $500)
1st Place: Dan Bauer – Cowboy Chili Too (Advancement to World’s Championship, Plaque & $2,000) – EARNED HIS GRAND MASTER
Congratulations to all of our Winners! A special thank you to Ghon and Kim Eckley for joining us again as our Chief Judge and Scorekeeper, Diane and Larry Lentz for volunteering their time as Wranglers and again, to all of you for spending your Weekend with us.
Photos of the Event will be posted on Nemacolin Woodlands Resort’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Nemacolin
If you have any feedback, please feel free to email me, individually, to share.
Thank you and Happy Cooking!
Ashli Ashli Mazer Director of Marketing Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
Weather report is in, 80 degrees on both Saturday and Sunday. That’s the good news. Winds 16 mph Sat and 18 mph Sun. That’s the bad news. DO NOT forget to bring your weights for your tents!!!!!! If you do, you will have to go buy some bungees and cinder blocks at Home Depot. All Flagstaff events have this as a mandatory requirement due to possible windy conditions that exist here. And once again, ONE PERSON IN EACH TENT MUST HAVE A FOOD HANDLERS PERMIT. Not next door, IN! Please get this done before you hit the road. See you Friday at the cooks dinner or Saturday morning. Be safe on the road!
With less than a week to go for the Back to Backs in Flagstaff, Arizona, the forecasted weather is looking bright and sunny, with temps in the 40’s in the morning, and up to 80 degrees each afternoon, in the beautifully pined Thorpe Park, in Flagstaff. Saturday, June 15th is the Route 66 Regional, and Sunday, June 16th, is the Arizona State Championship.
We will have 3 cooks per day, that will qualify for this year’s World’s Championships, in Palm Springs, California in October. First Place Red each day, goes home with a wonderful check for $500.00 and the Route 66 Regional winner gets a red Route 66 Gas Pump. Second and Third Place winners in Red get $300 and $100 daily. Verde winners will get $300, $200, and $100 daily. Salsa winners will get $99, $66, $33 on Saturday, and $100, $75, and $50 on Sunday. People’s Choice each day pays $100 daily.
One member in each tent MUST have a current food handlers card good for 3 years. You can still take care of that by going to www.az-hospitality.org/food and taking the on-line course. Get in the top 3 either day in any of the 3 categories, and the prize money will more than cover the $18. More importantly, you will be qualified to cook at this years World’s.
We look forward to you coming, and enjoying a great weekend in Flagstaff. If you haven’t registered yet, please go to the links below and REGISTER:
If you have questions: call or email Paul Whitney @ 928-526-4314, Golfnchili@aol.com
Bob Plager (Chief Judge) @ 720-244-0990, Bob98Champ@aol.com
See you there…..
Bob Plager - 2012 ICS Red World’s Champion
(Sunsweet Prunes will be given out to anyone who wants them)
Here’s a Washington State Chili Cookoff update!
Announcing and pleased to welcome our Head Judge: Skip Cooley and Scorekeeper: Dione Cooley from Nevada.
Larry Staberg, Bellevue has had a family medical emergency. We hope all goes well and he will be able to join us at the cookoff.
Thanks, so much for Skip and Dione for stepping in and heading to the Washington coast.
We are in coordination with the Grays Harbor Health Department. Out of state contestants will need a Washington state health card (may be taken online $10). I will be meeting with our contact Monday and have a link online for you. We also will have more details at that time. (Please do plan on bringing a canopy.)
Pacific Beach Inn ($69-120 nightly, 2-night minimum) 3 blocks from PB School
Hi-Tide Resort ($150 nightly) 1 1/2 miles from downtown PB (in Moclips, just up SR 109)
If you qualify as active/retired military, federal or DOD employees, Pacific Beach Resort has lodging available, Motel. RV and tent space. (About 1/2 mile from site.)
108 1st St N, 360,276-4414
There are also house rentals available in Pacific Beach and Moclips (adjacent town).
ALSO: Penthouse (3rd floor ocean view, 2 flights of stairs). Please contact me directly for this lodging. 360.589.7751
It’s 2 blocks from the school!
Pacific Beach State Park
49 2nd Street Pacific Beach Facility Pacific Beach, WA 98571
360.902.8844 (PB School is corner of Main and 4th Street)
Beach Bum Inn (Moclips) 2 RV Spaces available $35 per night, full hookups. On the beach, 1 1/2 miles from site. 360.276.4148 (Jim and Patti Courtright)
Other options: Ocean Crest Resort in Moclips, Seabrook in Pacific Beach and Iron Springs Resort (south about 15 minute drive). Please contact me for information.
Additionally, there are private RV resorts and timeshares near and down to Ocean Shores (about 1/2 hour drive away).
When you call to inquire or book, please let them know you’re coming for CHILI! Let them hear it’s gonna be HOT at the beach! And a little CHILI!!
This is a spectacularly beautiful area. If you have the time and the opportunity, Pacific Beach is only about 45 minutes to Lake Quinault and the southern tip of Olympic National Park.
RED (11 signed contestants)
Keep ‘em coming!
VERDE Almost half-way to our 10! Let everyone know we want to sanction!
SALSA We have 3, so please spread the word!
Let’s get sanctioned in all 3, so Washington will have a Terrific Trio representing us at World’s in Palm Springs in October!
Prize money is being set and we NEED YOU!!
Pacific Beach is just over 1 1/2 hours drive from Olympia.
It was sunny and humid in the morning, but the humidity dropped steadily during the day. Temperatures stayed in the 90’s for most of the day. It seems we either bake or freeze at this one!
As usual, the Alvirne High School Friends of Music put on a great event, complete with a mist tent for an occasional cool down. The high school jazz band performed, as they do almost every year. They are a group of very talented high school age musicians, and their performance is always a highlight of this cook off.
And now, on to the winners!
Best Booth- Anne Marie Malone, CT, Not Your Mama’s Chili
People’s Choice- Dave Schulman, CT, No Antidote Chili
Youth Division- Michael Kniffin, CT
3rd- Mike Freedman, CT
2nd- Dave Kelley, MA
1st- Marc Frechette, CT
3rd- Jerry Buma, MA
2nd- Dave Schulman, CT
1st- Sean McGrath, CT
3rd- Marc Frechette, CT
2nd- Mike Kropp, NH
1st- Mary Alice Kropp, NH (Won by one point)
Congratulations to all of you, and I WILL see you in Palm Springs!
-Mary Alice Kropp
Well the last month has been a wet one!
Truly sorry the Missouri State Chili Cookoff could not have been on June 1. We will happen, so please keep an eye out for the NEW date. Still hasn’t been decided, we have been feeding people in the Flood kitchen. Water has crested today - Yeah - but we will see what the forecast will bring us. Hope it didn’t inconvenience anyone too much. Happy Trails to Chili Winners.
JUNE 15 & JUNE 16
We received a list of cooks from Paul Whitney that are planning to come to the Flagstaff cookoffs to cook. We need everyone to register online, so we can get an accurate count, and keep the Route 66 Regional a Regional again for next year. With less than 2 weeks before the cookoffs, you should know whether you are coming or not.
Please register at:
We look forward to seeing everyone at these cookoffs, and will make sure that you have a fun time cooking and enjoy the special gifts from Pam and Dave Wright on Saturday.
Bob and Kathy Plager
I know it’s been done, but here is our version of it…
The Top Ten Things You Should Know About The Flagstaff Chili Festival
10) Gotta have one food handlers certificate per booth
9) Great cooks and judges dinner at Granny’s Closet restaurant on Friday night
8) Free T-shirt each day for the cooks
7) Remember to bring weights for your tent, it can get windy
6) Get to see WCCC Red Chili Champion Bob Plager and #3 in the World Red Chili Kathy Plager
5) You will be cooking at 7000 feet in elevation
4) Pam and Dave Wright’s special gift for the Saturday cooks
3) The famous Gas Pump Trophy for Red Chili at the Route 66 Regional
2) A beautiful park to cook in
1) The Arizona State Championship winners also qualify for the World Food Championships
Just a reminder, the Tustin cook-off is this Sunday, June 2, the day after the Huntington Beach cook-off. So if you didn’t win there, please think about coming to beautiful downtown Tustin. They will accept “walk-ins” that morning, just remember to bring your canopy and everything else as they do not have extra wooden booths, tables, etc. available. To date we have 18 red chili cooks and REALLY need two more to keep it a Regional, and so far only have 5 salsas shave igned up so we need 5 more. Remember, NO ENTRY FEES for either event and the prize money for Red Chili is $1000, $500, $250 and you only need to bring 2 gallons of PC. Hope you can make it so we can keep this incredible cook-off a regional. Oh yea, Dick Swenberger won this cook-off in 2010 and came in 2nd place at the World Championship!!!!
Hope to see you there! Dennis and Allene Macklin, Firefrog70@gmail.com