AMERICAN LEGION POST 476 CALIFORNIA CITY CALIFORNIA
As February begins to winds down and become but a distant memory, the eyes of March begin to look forward to a time when once again the air around California City begins to fill with the sweet scent of chili. As the snow begins to thaw and melt and the rivers begin to run to the sea (which there are none of in Cal City) Dirty Ole Phil begins to stir and starts his arduous task of getting ready for one of the best cookoffs in the region. The American Legions members begins to kindle with anticipation the arrival of world-class chili cooks from around the nation. The American Legion Post 476 benefits financially from this great chili cookoff, as all monies raised goes directly to their Post . And for this they like to give back to the cooks and judges by adorning them with a free and scrumptious Saturday morning breakfast (first 50 in attendance 7AM to 9AM ). The Legion once again will make available a gastronomical delight by providing a game hen dinner Saturday evening for very little wampum (Dinero, scratch, money). Disc Jockey Randy will be providing entertainment throughout the day for your listening enjoyment. The incomparable and almost world-famous emcee, Mike (ughlee) Austin (who is a past shoot n’ holler World’s Champion) will be supernumerary of the day’s activities. And as always Mike will be looking for desert turtles….are you a turtle? Whatever you do don’t tell Mike (ughlee) Austin that they are desert tortoises, (Copherus Agassizii) - it may put him over the top! Also attending the days festivities is Craig, from El Pato, with a good supply of samples for the cooks of their great product line (I love their enchilada sauce). The monetary awards for the cooks is as follows: $500 first - $300 second - $100 third - this is for both categories (Red & Green Chili). Salsa is $100 for first place. It will be paid in real wampum, scratch, Dinero, loot and coin of the realm. Plus all first-place winners will have the opportunity to go to Charleston, West Virginia to participate in the World’s Championship Chili Cookoff in October this year.
This chili cookoff extravaganza begins on Friday afternoon, not with chili but with a Dutch Oven stew challenge, to be cooked on an open fire or charcoal in a Dutch Oven (big steel pot). So if you would like to show off your cooking talents or maybe a recipe from grandma’s cookbook, here’s your chance. There will be some really stupid prizes for the winners (first second third) and also some really great bragging rights plus a little coin of the realm. There will be a $15 entry fee and the monies will be used for supplies and bribes and what’s left over will go back as prize money. We had lots of grins and giggles last year and generally just a good old-fashioned good time. So if you would like to cook stew please let Him in Charge as he likes to be called (Dirty Ole Phil) know your intentions so we can get you on the stew list. The stew will be judged on its taste but looking appetizing will certainly help. You can start any time in the afternoon that’s comfortable for you but all stews will have to be turned in at 1800 (6 PM) sharp for judging. We will have a good panel of judges and we will keep them sober until we are finished. I’m hoping we get lots of contestants because this is dinner for me and I love stew. So let’s get her done!
The bigshot gurus for the day (at least in their own mind)
Him in Charge: Dirty Ole Phil
Chief Scorekeeper & Supreme Scorekeeper of Stewdom - Donnie Gordon
Chief Judge & Supreme Judge of Stewdom - Capt. Jim Maehl
If you are planning to bring your RV please let me know if you haven’t already.
Thanks, Capt. Jim