RAGING BULL CHILI COOKOFF & CAR SHOW - MARCH 17, 2013
NEW NAME, NEW LOCATION. SAME HOST. The Knights of Columbus #3583, Palm Springs, Ca. It is our 2nd. Annual event now being held on a Sunday, March 17th, 2013, St. Patrick’s Day, on the Spa Resort Casino No. parking lot in downtown Palm Springs. The Hot Chili last year made our bull raging mad to the point we had to change our name. Sorry for the confusion. We also decided Sunday was a better day for families to relax, eat chili, look at classic cars, and enjoy entertainment, And being 1 block from downtown on the Spa Resort Casino property is a big plus. We have lots of space for chiliheads, cars, and vendors. We have a large variety of food vendors from tri tip to carmel corn and everything in between. Plus many different product vendors. So come on down and enjoy our event with a live band, live radio feed, and a Charlie Chaplin impersonator. We promise to please.
Pahrump Nevada will once again be the site of the Silver State Chili Cookoff to be held in Petrack Park. The cookoff is sponsored by KNYE Radio and Pahrump Life Magazine and sanctioned by the International Chili Society. The charity is (NOTO) No To Abuse. Which is a very dear charity to the hearts of the local citizens of Pahrump. We are still in the stages of putting this cookoff together as the sponsors would like to have a car show in conjunction with the cookoff also working on getting vendors. As you can see there is a local radio station involved and they are promoting it on air with alacrity. Pahrump Life Magazine is also promoting the cookoff so we are expecting a good local crowd.
Competing events: Red Chili, Chili Verde, Salsa and of course People’s Choice.
I will post more information as we get it. I know this is short notice but what the heck it’s a chili cookoff and three more chances to advance to the World’s Championship “if” we can get 20 red cooks! Looking forward to seeing all you guys in Pahrump. For a little fun in the sun and some chili to. We are working on getting some good room rates and will post them immediately when the information is available.
Lake Havasu Homestyle Chili Cookoff - April 20, 2013
The Lake Havasu Boat Show is teaming with the Lake Havasu High School Athletic Booster Club for a great time and a great cause by hosting the inaugural ICS sanctioned Homestyle Chili Cookoff at the 22nd Annual Havasu Boat Show. This is one of the largest boat shows in the Nation drawing over 8,000 spectators.
There is a $25 entry fee + 2 gals PC (we do encourage more as the crowd size will be large). Prize money will be awarded for top 3 places and people’s choice – amounts to be determined. Our goal is to re-educate the Lake Havasu community on what the ICS is all about in an effort to host a fully sanctioned cookoff next year with traditional red, verde and salsa. If you would like to participate, please apply on the ICS website and select Chili as the category.
Special room and RV rates for cooks and judges will be available shortly and will be announced once they are finalized. For additional information, contact Dennis & Allene Macklin – email@example.com, 928-566-1336. We look forward to having you here! The weather will be fantastic, not too hot, not too cold and the Health Dept. is totally under control! Just make sure you have your required washing stations!!
That time of year again for South Florida Chili Cookoffs…and as it is our wont in the “Chili World”, we tend to hold our fire before committing to a cookoff. Nothing wrong with that; it is all part of the drill, but it drives Chairmen crazy.
There are three great cookoffs scheduled in the next month – one District (with the potential of upgrading), plus two qualifiers: back-to-back Regional and State Championship - and not many cooks yet signed up. I did not include the 99.9 KISS Country Regional because as in every year, it is already full – limited to126 cooks; primarily local, prior year’s cooks are given priority (sort of a “first right of refusal”) and for most of whom it is their only ICS event of the year.
Chili in Village District; February 10, 2013; Pinecrest Gardens, Pinecrest Florida (Pinecrest is a municipality within the greater Miami-Dade area)
This is a “resurrection” of one of the earliest ICS Chili Cookoffs in South Florida, at least since I moved here back in late 1998, whose unfortunate demise at this location in 2007 came as a by-product of capricious bureaucracy. Pinecrest Gardens is the original location (since time immemorial) of the famous Miami Parrot Jungle before it moved to Watson Island, eventually renamed Jungle Island…and has been on the taxpayers’ subsidy since – FYI; Pinecrest Gardens was once described by Marilyn Frederick as: “the most beautiful place I have ever cooked chili”.
I am convinced that we can muster 20 Florida cooks to get this event up to Regional status…and of course non-Florida cooks are more than welcome. I hesitate only because it may be a bit much, with the back-to-back qualifiers the following weekend down in the Keys; but then, an extended South Florida vacation in February, with potentially 3 shots at the WCCC, would sure sound attractive to me…if I’m freezing somewhere “up Noath”.
If you are even considering Chili in the Village, can you please drop me a note – firstname.lastname@example.org - and say as much? No hard commitment; just that new organizing team are in a bit of a panic…plus some cooks are interested in knowing if we’ll be close to 20
Chili in the Keys Regional Cookoff, February 16, 2013 and Florida State Chili Championship, February 17, 2013; both at the Moose Lodge in Islamorada (Islamorada is part of the “Middle Keys” in the Florida Keys)
This will be the fourth iteration of these terrific cookoffs, which I believe those who have attended will agree when I say they have improved geometrically with each passing year - and I fully expect this year’s one will do the same. Then there is the Florida Keys in February…plus two shots at the WCCC; life doesn’t get much better for a chili cook.
Again, if you are even considering either, or both, please drop me a note – email@example.com – telling me as much. No hard commitment; just want to get a feel as to turnout, # Judges, etc.; plus one of the organizers emailed me saying they were “only around 10 signed up”; I didn’t have the heart to tell him that 10 cooks four weeks in advance is superb…
Well that’s it for now. Looking forward to seeing everybody…and please don’t forget to drop me a note and saying you’ll be there, or are at least considering,
SANDY HOOK FIRE DEPT CHILI COOKOFF - JANUARY 19, 2013
It was a special atmosphere at the Sandy Hook FD cook off, as everyone was reminded of the reason for the event. It was also an inspiration to see the number of cooks, sponsors, volunteers, and public who turned out to support the Sandy Hook Fire Department. It is truly amazing what can happen when everyone works together for a good cause.
Special thanks go to Mike and Kat Freedman, who put the cook off together in a matter of weeks. As always, a great job! Thanks also to the sponsors for their generosity, and to Lee and Kimberly Wood of The Pottery Place for the beautiful trophies. The Patriot Guard Riders and their flag line are always a welcome addition. And, of course, to the people who came out to taste some of the best chili around, and made a very generous donation to the Sandy Hook FD possible. Last, but certainly not least- the cooks who came out on just a few weeks notice to provide the chili. We had 18 salsa entries, 27 chili verde, and 26 red chilis.
And the winners are:
5th- Roxanne Ballachino, CT
4th- Ian McDaid, CT
3rd- Mario Saccoccio, CT
2nd- Isaiah Frechette, CT
1st- Scott Navaroli, MA
Scott’s winning salsa earned him 33 points, making him a very decisive winner over the second place’s 17 points.
4th (tie)- Matt Levy, MD, and Scott Navaroli, MA
3rd- Ian McDaid, CT
2nd- Anne Marie Malone, CT
1st- Dean Harvey, MA
5th- Ian McDaid
4th- Bob Lovell, NY
3rd- Matt Levy, MD
2nd- Isaiah Frechette, CT
1st- Cindy Lovell, NY
Mike and I would like to thank Sharon Willard, Wendy Hennessy, Ray Hearn, Csaba Vatai, and Chion Wolf for their help in the judging area.
Congratulation to the winners, and we will see you in Palm Springs!
The weather is looking good for next Saturday’s chili cookoff in Mesquite, Nevada, with high temperatures in the low to middle 60s and lots of sunshine. Low nighttime temperatures will be in the low 40s. There are no atmospheric disturbances predicted for Saturday. As you can see, I refuse to use the W word. So pack your sun block and be prepared for some of the deserts beautiful January weather. You will be able to pick a spot and put your gear in it Friday afternoon. But none of this will start until Capt. Jim is on location. Once again Capt. Jim gets to play Site Coordinator. Please don’t disappoint him. You will also be able to sign in for the cookoff Friday afternoon next to the hotel check-in. Donnie and crew will be there to sign you in. This event has been well publicized so we should have a fair crowd on Saturday. And this is what it’s all about, you chili cooks generating funds for a great charity. The motor heads will provide the smoke and the chili heads will provide the chili! So we should have a SMOKIN’BIG CHILI CHALLENGE.
WEBSITE STILL DOWN FOR MAINTENANCE TODAY - JANUARY 17
THE COMPANY THAT HOSTS OUR WEBSITE (MARTEX) IS STILL UNDERGOING SOME UPGRADES ON THEIR NETWORK SO THAT THEY CAN BETTER SERVE US. THIS PROCESS WILL CAUSE SOME DOWN TIME FOR OUR WEBSITE AND EMAIL WILL BE SPORADIC OR MAY NOT WORK AT ALL. IF YOU WANT TO CONTACT US BY EMAIL, PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING EMAIL ADDRESS (FOR JANUARY 17TH ONLY) - ICSVICKIE@HOTMAIL.COM OR JUST GIVE ME A CALL -904-379-2558.
SANDY HOOK FIRE DEPT CHILI COOKOFF - JANUARY 19, 2013
Dear Chili cooks,
I wanted to send you a few updates in order to make things as easy as possible for you. Here is the cooks schedule from our chief judge:
8:30 Cook’s meeting 10:00 Start Verde 11:30 Salsa turn in 12:00 Start red chili 1:00 Verde turn in 3:00 Red chili turn in
For cooks - 7 a.m. arrival (no earlier please) I will have people available to help you unload and expedite the unloading.
We are expecting a very large turn out from the public. This tragedy has brought our communities together and everyone wanting to help in some way. This cook off is it. The public will be pouring in to taste some of the best chili’s, so please be prepared with your people choice’s by 11 when the doors open. It’s not about winning or losing a PC battle this time…it’s about feeding chili to the public and we need your help. With this in mind, plan on at the very least two pots of chili…your comp and PC ( 3 if you’re doing verde too).
If you want to throw a SMALL table in your vehicle, to use for extra prep, there may be room to set it up — something like a 3 foot table. If not, it can easily stay in your vehicle. I did a test this past weekend and was very able to use 1/2 of a 10 foot table at a CCO…I was cooking red and green and doing PC (in high winds). ICS cooks will be sharing a 10’ table, space is going to be tight. If you are able to fit someone in there to pass out your PC that’s fine…..if not, I really appreciate your understanding. Once we all get settled in, we’ll see what space is available and go from there. Just be patient and we will work through the bumps.
Prize money will be minimal in order to allow us to donate as much as possible to the SHFD. ****PLEASE remember…..CASH ONLY! As the organizer of the event I am making this request and have made it far enough in advance to enable you to comply. For those that have raised concerns about paying cash; there are several reasons: typically we have sponsors who front money for various expenses (we don’t have this); we do not want to burden the SHFD will check handling; and lastly events such as this Kat and I front the money and get reimbursed after the event (we are not doing that here!) There is no need to worry about your contributions. PGR’s Marcia Young who helps us with the NERCC accounting, will be on deck to do the marvelous job she does.
Also…if you need hotel accommodations,please call Hampton Inn of Enfield at 860-741-3111 www.enfieldsuites.hamptoninn.com When making the reservations, please use the code CO2. Rooms will be $79 plus tax. We’ve stayed here before and it’s a very nice place.If you have made reservations and not received this rate call them (not me) back today.
Don’t forget…..there is a bar hence a liquor license which means that this is a “NO CUP event”. I won’t disrespect our host. Last year our host did so well at the bar, he kindly made a very large donation ….and the bartenders donated their tips – very generously!
We have had a few cooks that have cancelled. We’ve added some cooks from our waiting list. If you know anyone that would like to cook, please have them sign up today
Ok…Kat just looked at me and said, “Less is more”….so I’ll wrap this up.
Lastly….we’ll also be celebrating a few birthdays….Ian McDaid ….and a special guest from the SHFD is expected to attend.
From the bottom of my heart, I sincerely thank you for joining us…we can’t wait to see you….. YOU are “making a difference.”
WEBSITE DOWN FOR MAINTENANCE ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16
THE COMPANY THAT HOSTS OUR WEBSITE (MARTEX) WILL BE UNDERGOING SOME UPGRADES ON THEIR NETWORK SO THAT THEY CAN BETTER SERVE US. THIS PROCESS WILL CAUSE SOME DOWN TIME FOR OUR WEBSITE AND EMAIL WILL BE SPORADIC OR MAY NOT WORK AT ALL. IF YOU WANT TO CONTACT US BY EMAIL, PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING EMAIL ADDRESS (FOR JANUARY 16TH ONLY) - ICSVICKIE@HOTMAIL.COM OR JUST GIVE ME A CALL -904-379-2558.
I wanted to send a public thank you to my “West Coast” family for all of your hospitality in making me feel so welcome this past weekend in Laughlin.
As you all know, it can be tough traveling 2700 miles to cook. Every cook at this two day CCO was very helpful and friendly…..MAD thanks to Rabbi Skip and Auntie Dione Cooley for the crackers, the Deckers for their chopping help and “Faux” Bloody Mary’s ,Steve and Tish Crawford, Dennis and Allene Macklin, and most of all to Barbara, Miranda, Kimmie and Jim Beaver….sincerest thanks to all!
If there is any cook that has never done this b2b CCO….you’ve got to go next year!
The North Conway, NH Chilly Chili Stroll Cookoff is about a month and a half away. This is a regional cookoff in the Mount Washington Valley. The village of North Conway is a charming community with many small shops, good eats, and skiing all around (yes there will still be skiing at the beginning of March). It’s worth the trip and it’s always fun because you never know what Mother Nature is going to bring.
Centrally located in the village of North Conway in scenic New Hampshire nestled between the Snow covered White Mountains. We are located just ½ mile from the center of North Conway Choose a standard King size bed for just $69.00 or (2) Two Queen Beds for just $79.00 Mountain View Rooms just $5.00 more!
Restrictions:. Advanced reservations required. 9% tax not included. The cancellation policy is 7 full days; if you cancel in under the 7 days you will be charged the full amount of you reservation. Rates are based on double occupancy, unless otherwise stated. Packages cannot be combined with any other discounts(AAA, CAA, Military),coupons or specials. Subject to availability.
THIS CAREFREE COOKOFF WAS TO TAKE PLACE ON FEBRUARY 9TH BUT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. A NEW DATE WILL BE FORTHCOMING FOR EARLY SUMMER SO KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE WEBSITE - WE WILL LIST AS SOON AS WE KNOW SOMETHING.
I was sadly informed that Nancy Swenberger’s name was omitted from the obituary box in the latest edition of the paper. Any explanation for that omission would just be an excuse at this point in time, feelings have been hurt. I truly do apologize for that omission and you can be sure I will check and double check things so that no one else has to feel the sadness that some feel now! Nancy was well-respected and loved by many in the chili world and not to be forgotten.
CERTIFIED CHILI JUDGES CLASS IN LAUGHLIN, NV ON JANUARY 11, 2013
Good Afternoon Fellow Chiliheads,
If you have wanted to take the Certified Chili Judge class but have not had one available to you, now is your chance! There will be a class at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino on Friday, January 11th, from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm. The class will be taught by Steve Porter, Chief Judge of the World’s Championship Chili Cookoff. Instructors Jim Beaty and Bill and Karen Ray will also be on hand.
The fee for the class is $45, if you are an ICS member. ICS membership is required. In addition to the instruction you will receive the Certified Chili Judge Handbook and a practice judging at the end of the class. You will also receive a Certified Chili Judge name badge, which will be mailed to you by ICS. You may purchase a black CCJ lapel pin for an additional $5.
We will be set up in the registration lobby at the Golden Nugget at 12:00 noon on Friday to take registrations for the chili cookoffs. You can register and pay for the class at that time. Of course, upon completion of the class, you are welcome to judge the Saturday and Sunday chili cookoff events, if you are not competing.
If you can email me with your intention to attend the class, it would be helpful for planning purposes. But walk-ins are welcome, space permitting.
HOTEL ROOM RATES FOR THE 2013 WCCC IN PALM SPRINGS, CA
We have negotiated discounted rooms rates for the WCCC in Palm Springs, CA and these rooms have been blocked just for this event. When calling to make your reservations you MUST use the codes listed for each hotel. If you are going to make reservations at any other hotel in Palm Springs, it would be helpful for our records to let the hotel know that you are in town because of the WCCC.
A friendly reminder - the following weekend after the Laughlin Regional & Nevada State Chili Cookoffs will be the Smokin’ Big Chili Challenge in beautiful Mesquite, Nevada. It is in conjunction with a great car show, after all, what goes better than Chili and Cars - Chili Heads and Motor Heads! The CasaBlanca Resort and Casino have put together a great weekend with great room rates. And the prize money is not too shabby, either… $1500 for first place, red chili! The winners of all three categories will earn them a place at the big dance in Palm Springs this October. This cookoff has a great charity - Goody Two Shoes Foundation, which supplies shoes to underprivileged children that otherwise may never see a new pair. So sign up now and keep your chili pot hot and head for Mesquite for more fun in the sun and gaming action.
You will be able to sign in for the cookoff Friday afternoon next to hotel check-in. Donnie and crew will be there to sign you in. And for you duffers there is a great golf course nearby.
CERTIFIED CHILI JUDGES CLASS IN LAUGHLIN, NV ON JANUARY 11, 2013
There will a Certified Chili Judges class offered in Laughlin, NV. It will take place at the Golden Nugget Hotel on Friday, January 11, 2013 from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM. The class will be taught by Steve Porter, Chief Judge for the WCCC, along with Bill and Karen Ray. Bill won the 1994 World’s Championship in the red and Karen won the 2001 Verde World’s Championship. The class isdesigned to clarify the definition of what the ICS considers “true chili” and to demonstrate what the ICS believes chili is NOT. You’ll be given a chance to judge 8-10 bowls of chili, compare your ballot with others and discuss your comments. If you’re interested in taking the class, please contact the ICS office at 904-379-2558 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Walk-ins will be welcomed. The class is NOT mandatory and certification is NOT required to judge at ICS Cookoffs during the year.
You must be an active ICS member to take the class. Membership to the ICS is $50/year. If you’re not an active member, you can join on the website (www.chilicookoff.com) prior to the class or on the day you participate in the class. The class fee is $45. Included in the class fee is the Certified Chili Judges Handbook, given to you in the classroom and your personalized name badge and a Certificate of Completion (declaring that you are an ICS Certified Chili Judge) which will be mailed to you approximately two weeks after the class.