Arizona Copperstate Regional and Arizona Valley of the Sun Regional - March 12-13, 2011
Back 2 Back Cookoffs Ahwatukee ArizonaWe NEED Chili Cooks, currently less than 12 Cooks signed up for any catagory, we don’t want to lose our Regional Status. That is six(6) chances to get QUALIFIED for the ICS World’s Championships. If you can come, please come and bring a Chili Cooking friend. Sign up today on the ICS Web site A.S.A.P. Canopies and Tables are available, Call Susan at 480-893-1942Also remember that 15 Major League Baseball teams are holding Spring training in the Phoenix area, goto a baseball game while you are here. Average Temp in Phoenix area in March is 74 degrees WARM.
Greetings from Ahwatukee!!!
I hope everyone is doing well and in the mood to cook some chili!! We are hosting the Back to Back AZ Copperstate Regional and AZ Valley of the Sun Regional cookoffs again this year on March 12th and 13th in our lovely Ahwatukee Park. We will again have security on site Saturday night so cooks can leave their tents and belongings instead of packing it all up and setting up again. What a deal!!! Entry fees are $35 for Red, $30 for Green, and $15 for Salsa. In addition, 1 gallon of People’s Choice is required which we will be checking folks. If you need tables, chairs or canopies they are available for rent. A table plus 2 chairs is $10 and a canopy is $15 for a two-day rental. I have an informational flyer on the event as well as cooking schedules for both days.
As far as lodging, I just spoke with a representative from Extended Stay America (1.22 miles from our location) and she gave us a great, great, deal especially during this peak season. This is a 1 bedroom suite (queen bed) with a kitchen with refrigerator for only $66.49 per night. The same suite is also available with two double beds for $75.99 (only 6 available). This is a terrific deal. It is a nice, clean hotel and very close to our facility. To get this deal you need to book before February 18 and tell the booking agent that you are with the International Chili Society. She has blocked off 20 rooms as of today. Their address is 14245 S. 50th St., Phoenix, AZ 85044 and phone number is 480-785-0464. If you have any problems with the reservation, ask to speak with Milijana. She is the one I spoke with about this group rate.
I look forward to seeing everyone back this year!! You guys are a FUN GROUP. Please do not hesitate to call or email me with any questions. Please pass this information on to anyone you might think would be interested in our cook offs. Have a great day!!!!
The American Center in Springfield, IL. was again the setting for the Joe DeFrates Memorial Regional produce by the Springfield Ansar Shrine and the Springfield Scottish Rite.
These two combine there efforts to put on a great tribute to one of Springfield finest gentleman, Mr. Chilli Man Chili himself, Joe DeFrates, and to raise monies for two very worthy charities. Shriners Children’s Hospital - St. Louis and 32 Masonic Learning Center for Children - Springfield.
Joe owned his own chili company in Springfield for over 25 years and was an avid Shriner as well as a Philanthropist, Organizer, and an all around Gentleman. Joe always had a smile and warm greeting for everyone he came in contact with. He was a well known fixture in the community. To many of the chili people, he was known as the only person to win both the International and the World’s Chili Championships.
These he accomplished in 1973 and 1975.
A “Big” Thank You goes out to Danny Coker (Chairman) and to all the Shriners and Scottish Rite members for all there volunteer work and efforts for this fine event.
Last year they raised over $12,000 for these two charities. This year, while it is too soon tell, it appears that the funds to the charities will top $15,000. Everyone - Cooks, Judges, Volunteers, Members, Sponsors, and to the public participation,
Please……….Take a bow !
OK…..to the cookoff winners.
SALSA 11 contestants - 11 judges
3rd = Mike Goodman 6 pts (Pewuakee, WI.)
2nd = Jill Goldberg 6 pts (Madison, WI.) won tie break (New ICS member and first time cook)
1st = Lloyd Weir 8 pts (Urbana, IL.)
VERDE 10 contestants - 12 judges
HM = Todd Finn
3rd = Jim Weller 9 pts (Rockton, IL.)
2nd = Rocky Bundy 11 pts (Decatur, IL.) (New ICS member and first time cook)
As you can see we had some very close judging in all categories as well as some very good winners. Everyone had a great time enjoying the Chili, NASCAR Races, Drawings, Prizes, and the Friendship of the day.
Congratulations to all the contestants………They are all winners !
MORRO BAY BEERFEST & CHILI COOKOFF - MARCH 12, 2011
Morro Bay Chili Cookoff & Beer Feast - ONLY 3 WEEKS AWAY!!!
March 12, 2011
1001 Kennedy Way
Morro Bay, Ca.
This is the 1st Cookoff of the New Year 2011 - Let’s make it a GREAT one, the people really come out for this one.
Red - $25.00 - Plus 1 Gallon People Choice
Verde - $25.00
Salsa - $15.00
Red - $500.00 1st Place
$250.00 2nd Place
$100.00 3rd Place
Verde - $100.00 1st Place
Salsa - $75.00 1st Place
Come on up for this - make a weekend of it - if you plan on cooking please go to the ICS website & send your application in. We’re trying to get a count of Red, Verde & Salsa cooks ASAP, so we know if we’ll have 7 in each division (remember, this is the last year for 7 cooks to make each division legal). If you can make it to Judge (we really need you) it would be greatly appreciated.
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE CHILI COOKOFF - APRIL 16, 2011
News from the Upstate Chili Cook Off
Upstate Chili Cookoff
Dear Chili Head!
We’re gearing up for our 2nd Annual Upstate Chili Cook-off in Belton, SC. On April 16, Belton will host the International Chili Society (ICS), South Carolina Chili Cook-off Championship. The winner of this event is guaranteed an entry into the World Chili Cook-off Championship. The 2010 Upstate Chili Cook-off was a success in its first year! We had over 2500 people visit our small town for this family event. Donations were made to Belton Interfaith Ministerial Association, Belton Area Museum and Belton Center for the Arts. Visitors and natives of Belton were able to learn about the cities background and points of interest. We believe this exposure and hospitality will create a platform of interest for people to eagerly return for other hosted events as well as this year’s event. Based on the experience gained, the 2011 event will be well organized and additional attractions will be added for our guests.
The Holiday Inn in Anderson at 3509 Clemson Boulevard will be the spot to stay for out-of-town participants and guests. Room rates are reduced to $79 for Chili Cook-off participants. They will also be hosting the Cooks’ Party on April 15th in the lounge/restaurant area of the hotel. Rooms may be reserved by calling 864-226-1000.
Check out our website www.upstatechilicookoff.com for more details and information. The first 25 ICS competitors that register will receive a complimentary breakfast on the 16th that will be provided by our local American Legion Post 51. So, save the date April 16, 2011 and join us at the 2nd Annual Upstate Chili Cook-off!
Nemacolin’s 2nd Five Alarm Mountain Madness is an ICS - International Chili Society sanctioned cook-off. Participants can compete in three categories: Red Chili, Chili Verde and Salsa. Over $5,000 in cash prizes with a $2,000 prize to the 1st place Red Chili!
I wanted to let you know that this week BetterRecipes.com (part of the Better Homes and Gardens network) is hosting a Chili Recipe Contest. We would love for some of you to enter your best dishes! The weekly prize is $250 with a Grand Prize of $5000! You can find all the official rules and details on our website:
It is approaching that time of year again when spring is getting ready to manifest itself in all its glory. The American Legion will once again be hosting the Desert Rat Regional Chili Cookoff in beautiful California City on 3/26/2011. You will have the honor of being in the presence of Him in Charge, Dirty Ole Phil (a very interesting and dynamic personality bubbling over with enthusiasm and anesthetic with alacrity). California City, located in the high desert north east of Los Angeles, is a place that John Wayne never thought about visiting and a place where Chuck Yeager flew over on his way to visit the sound barrier. Cal City has blue skies and clean recycled air from LA where you might see a U2 aircraft, a space shuttle or even a tired old DC 3. It is a place where even Bob Wiseman might hallucinate about a rattler on the old Spanish Trail (a rattler is British terminology for a freight train). Dirty Ole Phil has once again provided breakfast for his cooks and judges (the first 50 in attendance) - yummy! The prize money is nothing to sneeze at - $500 - $300 - $100 for both red and green chilies, salsa $100. We are expecting a big contingency of RVs this year as there is plenty of room for dry camping on clean dirt. If you are planning to attend in your RV please notify me or Dirty Ole Phil . Willma Maehl will be keeping an eye on me and is chief tortilla slicer. There will be music provided by disk jockey Randy playing your favorite tunes. The emcee for the day is the unmistakable Mike (ughlee) Austin to keep everything rolling along on time and smoothly.
It has been requested again & again to have a “Bragging Rights” Dutch Oven (the heavy black iron pot) Stew Challenge on the Friday March 25, before the Desert Rat Regional the following day. The rules will be very simple, must be cooked in cast-iron pot using charcoal or campfire (no propane type stoves) and ready for judging at 1800 (6 p.m.) Friday night. Judges will be picked on the spot or before. Dazzling Donnie will handle the scorekeeping. The stew will be judged only on taste. Please let Phil know if you intend to cook stew. Besides bragging rights we will have some useful prizes. A $15 entry fee will be required for expenses and bribes, with remaining monies returned as prize money. A minimum of five cooks are needed. So please sign-up to cook as this will be my dinner Friday night and nobody wants to see Capt. Jim waste away to a ton. (A US ton is 2000 pounds WOW!)
Riding the Rails to the Route 66 Regional and Arizona State
Hey all you SoCal Chili Cooks! Thinking about coming up to heaven on earth, God’s country itself, Northern Arizona for the Back to Backs in June, but don’t want to drive? Thought about taking the train? Amtrack leaves LA around 6 pm on Friday night, goes thru Riverside and San Bernadino, up thru Victorville and brings you into Flagstaff at about 6:30 am, about 7 blocks from the cookoff. We can have a truck waiting to haul your gear to the site (one of my sponsors is Budget) and the car rental place is across the street. When the Sunday cookoff is over, we can get your gear back to the station and you can have dinner downtown at one of our many fine restaurants, then board the evening train back to LA LA land. If you think this might be the way to go, let me know, I’ll set it up. Meantime, best of luck out there on the trail!
I want to send my heartfelt gratitude and sincere thanks to all of you. I’m overwhelmed and so touched by the sympathy and love you have expressed for JR. He would have been embarrassed and at “ a loss for words!” but deep down he would have been thrilled and so proud.
CINCO de MARZO - A CHILLY CHILI STROLL - MARCH 5, 2011
Cinco de Marzo – A Chilly Chili Stroll
March 5, 2011
Decades Restaurant Parking Lot
North Conway, NH
Mary Alice and I had a great meeting last Friday with the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, the organization that is putting on this event. They are really excited about adding an ICS-sanctioned cookoff to their already popular people’s choice cookoff (this is their 8th year). The White Mountains are beautiful in winter.
This is the first cookoff in the Northeast this year. Why not come and get a qualification or two or three out of the way. Why wait? Remember, if we get 20 cooks, it’s an instant regional. Help us achieve this goal and send three cooks to Manchester for the WCCC.
The people’s choice part will distributed over four different venues (one being the ICS cookoff). Visitors will have a “passport” that the will get stamped at each venue. A minimum of one gallon of people’s choice is MANDATORY and must be ready to serve at noon if you want to compete in the ICS events. Leftover competition chili does not qualify as people’s choice.
Cooking will be done outdoors in a parking lot next to a restaurant. You will need to unload and park in a nearby lot. You will be able to bring your car back in afterwards to load out. If I recall correctly, there are nice views of the White Mountains from the parking lot.
This is still ski season so you can expect some traffic on Friday night.
There are two hotels offering discounts (20%) for the cooks:
The ICS website is down due to rolling blackouts in the Dallas/Fort Worth area because of extreme weather conditions. You can reach the blog at:http://chilicookoff.tumblr.com/ (normally called blog.chilicookoff.com) it is hosted outside of the affected area. Additional updates will be posted as they are available. Stay warm.