Chili Cooks, The Greg Caron Chili Cook Off (as of 12/30/11) has reached the limit of cooks we can accept. We will not accept any more entries. Thank you all and Happy New Year! Michael Freedman www.chilict.com
Mesquite Motor Mania, giant doubleheader chili cook offs invade Mesquite Jan. 13-15
If there is anything better than a good old-fashioned car show, it’s the addition of a huge chili cook off at the CasaBlanca Resort the weekend of Jan. 13-15.
The Smokin’ Big Chili Challenge II back-to-back International Chili Society Regional Chili Cook Offs scheduled for Jan. 14-15 will team up with the fourth annual Mesquite Motor Mania car show on the same weekend in what has become a wildly-popular gathering of gear heads and chili heads.
The chili cook off spectacular will attract teams from several states competing in Red Chili, Chili Verde and Salsa categories.
Mesquite Motor Mania will enter its fourth year and is expected to attract about 600 classic cars to the grounds of the CasaBlanca, Oasis, Virgin River and Eureka hotel casinos.
According to Art Kam of the Las Vegas Cruisin’ Association, this year’s show should be even better than the three previous events that have been lauded for both the classic cars and the attendants who bring their vehicles.
“It’s a very good show,” said Kam. “People come down from many surrounding states including Idaho, Utah, Colorado, California, and New Mexico; along with Nevada.”
Kam said Mesquite Motor Mania is especially popular with the residents of Las Vegas. This year, he said people are also coming from as far away as Hawaii.
“Many people plan their vacations around Mesquite Motor Mania,” Kam said. “With the addition of the back to back chili cook offs, our people love going over to taste the variety of chili offerings. The chili cook off is an additional event and we all think it’s very neat.”
Chili cook off enthusiasts from several states will be competing with cooks coming from as far away as Galveston, Tex. and Bakersfield, Calif. along with others from Canada and Colorado.
“We had a very good turnout last year and we’re hoping for even more cooks this year,” said Bob Dinneweth, the chief judge for the Jan. 14 competition. “The competition should be very good especially considering that we have back-to-back competition.”
Dinneweth said the competition has been going on for about 40 years. He and his wife, Louise, have been participating in the competition for about 20 years.
“We just love the chili and the cooks,” he said.
Further information regarding the chili cook offs can be found by visiting www.mesquitechili.com, or by calling Michele Evans of Mesquite Gaming at 888-711-4653, ext. 14.
Further information regarding Mesquite Motor Mania can be found by visiting www.mesquitecarshows.com or by calling 702-643-0000.
CONTACTS: Michele Yegge Evans, Mesquite Gaming, 888-711-4653, ext. 14; Art Kamm, Las Vegas Cruisin’ Association, 702-643-000; Mike Henle, The Idea Company Public Relations, 702-279-3483.
The Newspepper will soon be arriving in your mailbox! It’s full of wonderful pictures from the WCCC in Manchester and has some information about our newest category - Homestyle. I’m sure you all will be so pleased with this edition.
Today Northeast and NY International Chili Society chili cooks did the ICS proud when they gathered together for OPELF.
OPELF stands for Operation Extending a Lending hand to lonely Families. This is a program sponsored by the State of CT Military Department that provides a party for families of CT deployed troops.
The outpouring of emotional support, chili and cookies from the ICS cooks was incredible. There was a last minute call to all of the cooks for cookies and EVERY one of the cooks responded with more cookies than I have ever seen.
This was an emotional day for the ICS cooks as we met families with a mom or dad, sister or brother, son or daughter that is deployed overseas or has passed away. I personally met one little boy and his mom that were at the party. During the course of our conversation, I learned that she lost her husband earlier in the year. While she too serves in the US Army, she felt that it was important that her son come to the party. I ensured that they left full of chili and they had a full bag of desserts compliments of our friends from the Patriot Guard Riders CT. As they walked out of the CT State Armory, I gave the young man my battery operated chili lights and my reindeer antlers. I stood there with tears in my eyes as he walked out hand in hand with his mom wearing the antlers and lights with a huge smile on his face.
I need to thank the following new and old ICS cooks that selflessly took time out of their holiday schedules to travel from near and far to help with OPELF.
Alison, Aiden and Mario Sacciccio ,Vicki Buma Tankis and Vanessa Tankis, Jerry Buma (USMC), Marc (USAF) and Isaiah Frechette ,Steven Stark ,Richard LaFrance (US Army),Johanna and Nick Loddo, Joe Micca ,Scott Navaroli ,Linda McGrath ,Les Cropley ,Patriot Guard Riders CT and the John Haymond Law Firm.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Northeast.