The Homestyle Chili Cookoffs are taking off! To encourage even more Homestyle events, we are reducing the “stand-alone” Homestyle sanction fee from $350 to $200! We are notifying all cookoff chairman who held a “stand-alone” cookoff previously and paid the $350 sanction fee, that ICS will either refund $150 directly or we will apply that credit of $150 to their next Homestyle event.
Organizations requesting an ICS sanctioned chili cookoff will be given the opportunity to hold either a regular ICS event, a Homestyle event or both.
A stand-alone Homestyle event (not to include verde or salsa) will be charged the $200 sanction fee. If a chairman chooses a Homestyle cookoff AND includes verde and salsa, the $350 sanction fee applies. Cookoff chairman may add the ICS Homestyle category to their cookoff for $100 in addition to the regular $350 sanction fee.
Event organizers will be allowed the opportunity to add an ICS Homestyle chili cookoff in conjunction with an event that is designated for ONLY members of their specific organization or company, ie, a barbeque event, a company employee event, a community/city organization, etc. Winners of ALL sanctioned ICS Homestyle events will qualify to participate in the ICS World’s Championship Homestyle cookoff.
The New England Regional Chili Cook Off is very proud to announce that ALL FOUR CURRENT ICS World Champions will be at the NERCC May 4,2013.
Please join us for a fantastic time at the BIGGEST ICS sanctioned event in the Northeast!
You can sign up here: http://www.chilicookoff.com/Event/Event_Display.asp?EventID=3119
Thanks and hope to see YOU!
Kat and Michael Freedman www.chilict.com
We are looking into doing a sanctioned HS CCO in Afghanistan for a battalion of Marines that just came out of the “thick of things”. From what little I’ve been told, they had a tough time.
We would send a recipe, spices, any canned goods, t shirts, aprons etc from CCO’s that you’ve gone to and most importantly, a letter to “Your Team”. Over the years, it seems that letter means the most to them…and us. If anybody is interested in giving these Marines a much needed morale boost please send me an email. email@example.com
The current ICS Salsa Champion, Jerry Buma, the current ICS Homestyle Champion Tom Pardikes, and the current Red Chili Champion Bob Plager will all be at the 2013 NERCC! Why not come and join us May 4 in beautiful Somers,CT for the biggest ICS sanctioned event in New England?
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. - the more you bring the better your chance to win. We expect a very large crowd! Prize money is $500, $300, $100 and $100 for people’s choice. If you haven’t already paid the $20 homestyle ICS membership, you will need to do so either thru the ICS website or the morning of the event.
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 Homestyle as the category.
Hidden Palms Condo Resort is offering special package discount rates – Promo Code – CCO, call 928-706-4363 for details. The Lake Havasu State Park is right there at the cookoff site, which is only dry camping. Their number is 928-855-2784. There are two other close RV parks with hook-ups, Crazy Horse (928) 855-4033 and Campbell Cove (928) 854-7200. http://www.golakehavasu.com/lodging/rv_parks.aspx.
For additional information, contact Dennis & Allene Macklin – firstname.lastname@example.org, 928-566-1336. You will be able to park very close to your booth, and the weather will be fantastic, not too hot, not too cold plus the Health Dept. is totally under control. Just make sure you have your required washing stations - you know the routine! Hope to see you here!!
FOOD NETWORK and the producers behind THE GREAT FOOD TRUCK RACE are gearing up for the much anticipated 4th Season! Have you been dreaming of owning and operating your very own food truck? Bummed you missed out on the chance last season? Well, you are in luck! Acclaimed chef and host of The Great Food Truck Race, TYLER FLORENCE, is once again giving you the opportunity to START YOUR OWN FOOD TRUCK!
YOUR DREAM. YOUR CUISINE.And YOUR cooking skills transformed into your very own mobile restaurant!
CALLING ALL FOOD TRUCK WANNABES: Have you been dreaming of owning and operating your very own food truck but haven’t had the means to do it? Do you have a small mom and pop food shop that you would love to expand into a truck? Are you the hottest selling stand at your Farmer’s Market? Or, maybe you HAD a brick and mortar restaurant, but had to shut down? This could be your chance to resurrect your business and start over!
We are currently searching for passionate chefs and cooks from all walks of life - trained chefs, amateur chefs, line cooks, sous chefs, home cooks and dedicated foodies to compete for the chance to OWN and operate their very first FOOD TRUCK.
You will choose two teammates to make up your food truck dream team. Whether it’s your best friends, your siblings, your parents, your culinary school classmates, or your kids – this team should be made up of you and the people you trust and know the very best! We provide the rest … the truck, the supplies, and the adventure of a lifetime.
If you’re selected, you and your two teammates will embark on an epic coast-to-coast culinary road trip to convince Americans that you have what it takes to make it in the food truck business! You’ll build relationships, build a brand, and hopefully out-cook the competition! The last team standing wins their very own gourmet food truck and big cash prize! Are you ready for YOUR new truck to be the next big thing? A truck that’s a national sensation and has food that people are drooling over nationwide? This is the show that will catapult your truck to superstardom before you’ve even made it back to your hometown!
If you are passionate about cooking and are ready to take your dream on the road, then we need to hear from you TODAY!
Email Emily.Sweet@rrstaff.com with your name, age, photo, proposed teammates (and their photos), description of your culinary background, and the idea for your truck!
6th ANNUAL ACREAGE REGIONAL COOKOFFS - APRIL 20-21, 2013
The Acreage is home to The Chili Chicks Regional and The Acreage Regional cook-offs www.acreagechilicookoff.com held on April 20th & 21st this year. With Nashville artists as well as regional and local bands on two stages plus exhibitors, arts & crafts, a football field of bounce houses and much more these events are always a good time for the whole family. These events are also the home of the two time Country Dance World Champions, The Chili Chicks www.chilichicks.com Our event is completely fenced with overnight security and plenty of parking and we position you so you can enjoy the bands on the main stage from your tent. If you haven’t cooked with us yet we’d love to have you join us this year. Come see why The Acreage is a favorite of so many ICS cooks.
NEW ICS cooks cook 1/2 price in each category that they enter and any ICS Cook that brings a new ICS cook is entered into a special drawing for a real nifty gift! Don’t forget the original “Jim Heywood Yute division” for cooks under 18! (We plan on having at least TWENTY Yutes!
Two great cookoffs were held once again at the Ahwatukee Swim and Tennis Center in Ahwatukee, Arizona March 9th and 10th, 2013. The weather Friday afternoon scared us a little, as it was “cold” for the Phoenix area, along with rain on and off all day, and as we pulled up to our hotel, a bad hail storm hit. It was so heavy, it looked like the snow we had left behind when we left Colorado.
Saturday morning, because of all the rains, all the cooks got carted in with all their chili gear and tents because we would have destroyed their beautifully groomed baseball field trying to get in.
We had cooks from 8 states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, Texas and Virginia) that set up and cooked their hearts out for First Place in each division. With enough cooks, we had 2 tables in Red and Verde on Saturday, and 2 tables in Red on Sunday. These cookoffs will be Regional status again next year.
Special recognition goes out to Susan Hyden, our Chairperson and Director of the Community Center. She was pleasant and great to work with, organizing and putting these cookoffs together. Since we weren’t arriving until Friday afternoon, Susan and Dick Swenberger went on local Channel 3 TV on Thursday morning and hyped the cookoffs. (They wanted me, Bob Plager, to do the TV spot originally.) Also, the Ahwatukee Foothills News and the Phoenix Arizona Republic Newspaper ran articles about us attending and running the cookoffs along with interviews from Susan, Dick, and myself.
Sunday’s weather brought out more crowds for the cookoff, carnival and Farmers Market than Saturday did. It was a perfect spring day in March in the Phoenix area.
Thank you to Pete and Nicole Caimi, who drove in from Las Vegas to help in scorekeeping and wrangling. We couldn’t have run this so successfully without you guys. Julyann Hill, from the Swim and Tennis Center, was a great second time scorekeeper and helped Nicole and my wife, Chief Scorekeeper Kathy Plager, tremendously. Julyann realized even more, how “much” there is to do on the back end of a cookoff. As my Chief Scorekeeper, Kathy, as usual, kept me, Bob Plager, in line. Sarah, also from the Swim and Tennis Center, helped wrangle on Sunday and was a great help as well.
Now, on to the winners:
AZ Copperstate Regional (Saturday)
Susan Hyden - AZ
3rd Place - Dione Cooley - NV
2nd Place - Pam Wright - AZ
1st Place - Eileen Beaty - CA
Chili Verde - (We had a 4-Way Tie for 1st Place)
HM - 5th Place - Eileen Beaty - CA
HM - 4th Place - Dione Cooley - NV
3rd Place - Bonnie Tomasek - CO
2nd Place - Dick Swenberger - AZ
1st Place - Armando Sanchez - CA
HM - 5th Place - Joe Harter - VA
HM - 4th Place - Dione Cooley - NV
3rd Place - George Lott - CO
2nd Place - Judy Wedemeyer - CO
1st Place - Pam Wright - AZ
AZ Valley of the Sun Regional (Sunday)
HM - Leeroy Watson - AZ
1st Place - Susan Hyden - AZ
HM - 4th Place - Susan Hyden - AZ
3rd Place - Bob Kyle - MI
2nd Place - Al Henry - CO
1st Place - Pam Wright - AZ
3rd Place - Gail Kyle - MI
2nd Place - Dick Swenberger - AZ
1st Place - Dione Cooley - NV
3rd Place - Bonnie Tomasek - CO
2nd Place - Armando Sanchez - CA
1st Place - Dione Cooley - NV (Great day for Dione)
Saturday, March 30-2013 in California City California
Dirty Ole Phil (him in charge as he likes to be referred to) is in a state of panic. He has been stomping around the desert scaring the hell out of the tortoises and jackrabbits (which could cause an egg shortage for Easter) the cause of all this consternation is the fact that very few cooks have signed up for the cookoff. This puts the cookoffs regional status in jeopardy for next year. It has gotten so bad that all of Dirty Ole Phil’s beard finches have departed for safer domicile. So please, please, if you are planning to attend this cookoff, would you let Phil know by signing up on the ICS website or e-mailing Dirty Ole Phil and relieve his stress. Also, if you could, let me know if you are planning to bring your RV to the cookoff. Just as a reminder - all cooks will be able to cook out of the back of their vehicle or alongside of it. When you support this cookoff you are supporting the American Legion Post 476 and the veterans that belong. They provide the cooks and judges with a free breakfast Saturday morning (the first 50) and make available a chicken dinner Saturday evening.
So, to keep Dirty Ole Phil from being in a stew, please let him know. Speaking of stew -we have a Dutch Oven Stew Challenge the Friday afternoon before the chili cookoff and Phil is stewing over the fact he does not have anybody signed up for it. We need at least five stew cooks to make this stew challenge work. If you are planning to cook stew please let Phil know ASAP. I’m really hoping that we will have enough for a stew challenge as that is dinner for us Friday night.
Ellen Dyer has made contact with the Best Western Hotel in California City and they are offering a chili rate of $79.99 a night for a room with two beds. The Best Western is only a little over a mile from the cookoff site.
We are also going to have a new sideshow in the RV parking area. Peter and Nicole Caimi are going to be debuting their new pickup truck camper. They will be using it for the first time, this should be interesting! Willma and I will be on location starting Thursday afternoon and will be available to assist you in any way we can.
The fine folks with Littleton Elks are unable to hold their regional events this year so Ann Marie Dinkel has worked with George Lott to move these cookoffs to Pueblo on May 18 and 19. These are both qualifiers for the World’s Championship in all three divisions.
The Pueblo event will be held downtown in conjunction with the Wild West Fest. This is a huge community event featuring hundreds of booths, bands, and special events. Pueblo is about 2 hours south of Denver. More details to follow
The 10th Annual Snowmass regional cookoffs are confirmed for June 7th and 8th and as usual, they improve every year. The event this year will be held in an open area at the base of the town on flat land thus allowing us to drive in and drop off plus increases the crowd capacity to over 3,000/day. As usual first place prizes are huge: $1,000 for red and $500 for Verde each day. NO entry fees with three gallons of chili plus free concert tickets, free beer tasting..an over $$125/PP value. There’s no place better to be in the summer than the Aspen/Snowmass area and there will be deep discounted room rates available.
Phil McKeague, last year’s head judge, will be back this year and looks forward to another record year. NOTE: when you get your entry forms, turn them in ASAP as space is limited to 25 tents and 20 entries in Verde and salsa max.
This new ICS and 3rd year restaurant chili cook-off in downtown Raleigh on March 23rd WILL include Red, Verde and Salsa as well as a People’s Choice competition that is based on ballots; so quantity does not necessarily mean a win for teams that choose to compete.
We’ll have a fantastic pre-party and there is a beer festival afterwards too.
Friday, March 22, 2013
6p to 9p Cook’s Party – Isaac Hunters Pub
Saturday, March 23, 2013
12- 5p – Chili Chillyfest Event Time (public)
ICS Cooks arrive between 9a & 10a
Set-up 9a to 10:30a
ICS Cook’s Meeting 10:30a - Isaac Hunters
Light the Stoves – Verde: 11a, Red: 12p
12p to 5pm – March Madness Games on Big Screens – front of Isaac Hunters
Competing Cooking Class for Public – 12:30p
All Judges Meeting 1:45p
Showmanship Judging begins 1p (judges will be wearing Robes)
Salsa and Verde turn-in 2p
Red Turn - in 3p
Jalapeño Eating & Shoot-n-Holler Contest – 3:30p (on Stage)
Mr. Hot Sauce & Miss Chili Pepper Contest - 4p (on Stage)
Awards Ceremony- 4/4:30p (on Stage)
Post party Lonerider Beer Showdown - Brew-it-Forward (optional)
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Valley of the Sun and Copperstate RegionalPhoenix, AZMarch 9 & 10
The place to be this weekend is PHOENIX, ARIZONA at the Valley of the Sun and Copperstate Regional Chili Cookoff. This back to back cookoff weekend is going to be first class! Situated in a beautiful park setting with plenty of room, parking, and PLENTY to see and do.
This family-friendly event boasts an entertaining carnival, 2 bands on Saturday, food galore, beer, wine, and a wonderful farmer’s market on Sunday. There are grocery stores, restaurants, drug stores and gas stations all within 1 block of the cookoff. The location is also a very easy access from I-10 in South Phoenix. And who can beat the weather in Phoenix in March!
World Champion Bob Plager will be the Chief Judge. We have a lot of judges lined up and you can rest assured that these chili contests will be fair and orderly. Bob will do a fantastic job for both cookoffs.
Ok, now for the good part. We have over 40 cooks coming which is awesome. For that reason, we have increased the prize money!! The prize money is as follows:
Red Chili: 1st Place $500, 2nd Place $200, 3rd Place $100
Green Chili: 1st Place $300, 2nd Place $100, 3rd Place Prize!
Salsa: 1st Place $100, 2nd Place Prize!, 3rd Place Prize!
People’s Choice: $75
The weather was a bit more cooperative this year for the Chilly Chili Stroll. Although there was a bare dusting of snow overnight, the day was dry and only a little bit chilly. And cooking against the beautiful backdrop of the White Mountains was a nice bonus.
I would like to thank the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce for the excellent job they do making this cook off easy for us. Whatever we wanted, their response was always “Tell us what you need and we will work it out.” Thanks to Mary Seavey for keeping in touch and organizing things at the Chamber, and to Chris Dupre for helping set up the judging area, and for several supply runs. Also, thanks to Steve and Audrey Falkowski, and Stephanie Kropp for making the trip up to North Conway to help out. We appreciate all of you!
We also had three rookie cooks, who we hope have now gotten the “chili bug” and will come out for some future cook offs. We look forward to seeing you! This cook off also had the “International” designation as we had a Canadian team competing.
Now, for the winners:
Salsa - (12 cooks, 12 judges)
3rd: Dave Kelley (rookie cook), NH
2nd: Mario Saccoccio, CT
1st: Vicki Tankis, MA
Verde - (11 cooks, 12 judges)
3rd: Anne Marie Malone, CT
2nd, Roxanne Ballachino, CT
1st: Dave Ronge, CT
Red - (14 cooks, 16 judges)
5th: (tie) Mario Saccoccio, CT and Jeff Forman, NH (rookie cook)
4th: Mike Freedman, CT
3rd: Vicki Tankis, MA
2nd: Scott Navaroli, MA
1st Jack Cowell, CT
Congratulations to all the winners. See you in Palm Springs!
FIRST EVER ICS SANCTIONED UK CHILI COOKOFF - JULY 20, 2013
Gower Chillis and the International Chilli Society present the first ever official ICS Sanctioned UK Chilli Cookoff. The ICS Cookoff will take place on 20th July at the South Gower Sports Club, Scurlage, Gower. Entry from 8:00am with cooking starting starting at 12:00 (High-Noon). Charities supported will be the RNLI and Wales Air Ambulance.
The ICS Chilli cookoff champion crowned in July on Gower will progress to the 2013 WCCC in Palm Springs, California (October 11th – 13th) with a First Prize of $25,000. Now that is worth cooking chilli for. The first prize for the main red chili competition on the 20th is £1000; which is enough for the winner to fly to Palm Springs and stay for a week in one of the local hotels whilst the competition is on.
The UK Cookoff Event will be a great family day out. There will be a local produce market, crafts producers, specialist chilli produce area, RNLI exhibition, kids events and of course great chilli and BBQ food.
Competitor Entry details, sponsorship opportunities, public entry prices, camping details, and everything else, including how to get your own stall on the day, from www.gowerchillis.com. Alternatively call Andrew Brooks on 07854 319768 or FACEBOOK: Gower Chillis.