Having a cookoff at a gocart track is unique to say the least. The gocart hobby has a large and enthusiastic following. The fans turned out for the day last Saturday to have fun racing and to embrace the chili cookoff. Their enthusiasm for tasting chili equaled their need for speed on the track. An admission fee of $5 included chili tasting, and a fee of $15 included chili tasting and all day racing.
It rained on Friday and rain was predicted for Monday. But the weather on Saturday for the event did not disappoint. Temperatures were in the low 70s and made for a jackets on, jackets off day. The cookoff was small but a very tough neighborhood. Almost all of the eleven contestants have World-class credentials, so the winner could have been any one of them. The only relatively new cook was Richard Trejo, who has won or placed for People’s Choice chili every time he has competed. He is also very serious about improving his competition chili. We will certainly hear more about Richard in the coming months.
A free race was held for any of the cooks and judges who wanted to try it. Most of the cooks jumped into a gocart to take their laps around the track. While somewhat lacking in expertise, they were not lacking in their interest in trying something new. After elimination laps and a trophy lap, prizes were awarded to the top three finishers.
First, Tim Chapman “Chappy” who shared emcee duties with Claude Covington.
Second, Dennis Macklin
Third, Steve Crawford
Steve Crawford was the real winner though, as both Chappy and Dennis are experienced gocarters!
Our hostess for the cookoff, Timel Sebastian, organized an excellent event with something for everyone, including good food and many quality vendors. Although Dennis and Allene Macklin have recently moved to Lake Havasu, they returned to officiate as Chief Judge and Chief Scorekeeper for the day and did an excellent job. Chili judges included Steve Wright, Mike and Pam O’Sullivan, Glenn Tunnero, Darlene Taylor and “Dr” Dave Eiser. The only contest held was Traditional Red Chili, and the winners were:
The 16th Annual Great Lakes Regional Chili Cook-off and Motorcycle Show was held on Sunday, October 9th in downtown Plymouth, MI - the biggest Chili Event of the year! The estimated 20,000 chili and bike fans ate 86 different chilies in The Gathering along with 15 restaurants in Kellogg Park serving up their best chili. Over 50,000 chili samples were enjoyed. A GREAT CHILI DAY!
And the Winners are •••
Best Booth *Leo Buk - Nuclear Chili - Trenton, MI
People’s Choice *Ron Smith - Motor City Harley Chili - Novi, MI
Salsa 1st place *Bill Donovan - Donovan’s Code 3 Chili - Cincinnati,OH Chili Verde 1st place *Richard Chauvin - South of the Border Chili - Windsor Ont. Red 1st place *Diane Lentz - Belle Breezing Bordello Chili - Nicholsville, KY
Restaurant Chili Challenge People’s Choice *Picnic Basket Marketplace - Plymouth, MI
Best Judged *Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center - Plymouth, MI
Also … The Chili Bike Show sponsored by Motor City Harley Davidson, held on Ann Arbor Trail was the coolest place to see Harley & non-Harley motorcycles. The Best of the Best. Trophies were awarded in 17 categories to the bike show participants.
The 6th Annual Motorcycle “Chili Rides” were another resounding success with 400 bikes rumbling into town. The rides began at Dick Scott’s Classic Motorcycle dealership in Livonia and Motor City Harley Davidson in Farmington Hills. What a sight to see!!!
Steve King and the Dittilies kept the crowd jumping and our 7 dance teams were fantastic to watch throughout the day. (MotorCity & Country Note Cloggers, Center Stage Dance Co, Synergy Dance Academy, Dance Beat, Step N Line, Salem Rockettes Dance Team, Hoaloha Polynesian Dance group).
Net proceeds from this terrific event will go to Western Wayne Habitat for Humanity and Penrickton Center for Blind Children
Other restaurants included in the Challenge were: Compari’s On The Park, Doyle’s Tavern, E.G. Nick’s, , Ironwood Grill, Karl’s Cabin Restaurant & Bar, Liberty Street Brewing Co., MGM Grand Detroit, Nico & Vali Italian Market, Penn Grill & Bar, Plymouth ROC, Rusty Bucket Comer Tavern, Sean O’Callaghan’s and The Courthouse Grille.
Our Sponsors make this event possible. They include: MGM GRAND DETROIT - Motor City Harley Davidson in Farmington Hills - Dick Scott’s Classic Motorcycle’s in Livonia - Fox 2 Detroit - Greko Printing and Imaging - HV A Huron Valley Ambulance - The Observer & Eccentric Newspapers - Sportswear Specialties Inc. - Renewal By Andersen Windows and Doors - Caviston Insurance Agency - Jimmy John’s in downtown Plymouth - Community Financial - The Concept Factory Web Design - Allstate Insurance, Cheryl Bowker Agency - 94.7 WCSX Classic Rock 101 WRIF - Magic 105.1 - PODS Portable On Demand Storage - DTE Energy - GFS Gordon Food Service -Monroe Bank & Trust - PNC Bank '
GREAT Time, all for a GREAT Cause Thanks for supporting this Great Event!!!
Well, we put out the word calling for cooks and they responded. We know we can always count on the cooks to show up and support us at Beatty. We had 25 Red Cooks, 15 Verde and 11 Salsa. A great big thank you to all the ones who responded.
It was a beautiful weekend weather wise (a little cool in the morning, but it warmed up pretty quickly once the sun was up totally) and turned out to be a great day for cooking chili. The potluck held at Fred and Patti Summer’s place afterwards was a success as usual. Everyone knows that chili cooks cannot only cook chili but are also good in the kitchen. They had quite a crowd at the Happy Burro Chili and Beer bar. If you have never been there you need to make it a point to stop by if you ever go out that way, they are on the main street that runs through Beatty, you can’t miss them. I also want to thank the judges who came to help, the Caimi’s, Maehl’s, Phil, and all the other Judges who helped. Also, I want to thank Donnie for coming up to help me and bringing Leah with her. Donnie, Leah and Nicole were a big help to me in the Scorekeeping Dept.
Mike Austin held a Texas Holden Poker tournament again this year and guess who won….Mike won again. We have decided to just let him be a dealer next year and not let him play, LOL. He gets to keep his trophy and the $100.00 prize money.
They had the Dutch Oven cookoff on Sunday and as usual Norm was Chief Judge. This year Mark Haught made a clean sweep, he won People’s Choice Dessert and Main Dish, and he won the Official Judging Dessert and Main Dish. This is the first time one person has won all four contests! In fact the dessert he made was so good it should be outlawed. It was call Over the Hump Dump Cake and it was fabulous.
Okay enough of the small talk, I know most of you don’t like long winded stories. So on to the winners:
SALSA – 11 Contestants
3rd Pl. Mark Haught
2nd Pl. Dione Cooley
1st Pl. Jodi Wiseman
CHILI VERDE – 15 Contestants
3rd Pl. Bob Wiseman
2nd Pl. Bob Scott
1st Pl. Kimberly Beaver
RED CHILI – 25 Contestants
5th Pl. Patti Summers
4th Pl. Ray Bogart
3rd Pl. Dione Cooley
2nd Pl. Jim Latendresse
1st Pl. Jodi Wiseman
This is Jodi’s first time to qualify in Red for the World’s Championship, and to say she was jazzed would be an understatement. We are always happy to see first time qualifiers. Congratulations Jodi!!