No, it is not a typo in the Subject line; Chili Chicks Regional #1 and Chili Chicks Regional #2 are both scheduled for Saturday April 5th at Lake Park, Florida. These two cookoffs will represent the tail-end of the South Florida “qualifiers” for the 2014 Chili Year - unless Nicky’s Regional Cookoff in Pembroke Pines re-emerges – so consider this a “call for action” to sign-up and support the event;
These cookoffs are replacing the two day back-to-back Acreage Music Festival ones of the past half-decade+, which have ranked among the most fun and cook friendly cookoffs anywhere; something I fully believe will carry over at the new venue. But two cookoffs on the same day???
When Chairman Robert Trepp first broached the idea, my response was along the lines of: “in all the years I’ve been involved in ICS (both sides of the stove), I’ve never been part of such a thing; as I matter of fact, I don’t ever remember hearing about one”. “However, I don’t see anything in the rules that says you can’t do it; the question is what do the cooks think of the idea…and would they support it?”
At the new (for this year), and gorgeous back-to-back “Smokin on the Bay” cookoffs in December which opened the “South Florida 2014 Chili Year” (both upgraded to Regionals), Robert and the Chili Chicks were there. Also were most of the “usual suspects” there cooking; so it seemed an ideal time to discuss the previous.
When the idea of back-to-back cookoffs on the same day was presented, the initial reaction from the cooks was: “say what… (???)” Then about three nanoseconds later, it was followed by: “why not; makes sense; we’re already set up; do the first one and announce the winners, then do the second one; two shots at the WCCC plus head home; I like it.”
Well; ask and you shall receive…so here it is. Now the ball is in your court to make it happen by participating, which I’m sure you will.
I spoke with Robert a couple of days ago, and he is working on the details of the Cooks’ Party and the Headquarters Hotel. As soon as those are firmed up, the information will be disseminated both by email, as well as on the ICS website plus Dick’s Chili World.
We are also working on the firming up of a schedule.
I have personally never been to Kelsey Park in Lake Park; but I’ve heard it is right on the Intracoastal Waterway and quite beautiful. I did look it up on Google Earth, and the satellite view sure seems to support the fact that it’s indeed very pretty.
Well that does it. Other than thinking back that not that long ago, we had a scarcity of WCCC Qualifiers in South Florida (like zero)…and this year by my count we’ve already had six, with the two Chili Chicks Regionals making eight.
That doesn’t happen without some great cooks and their support; so this is yet “another opportunity to excel” by not only sending two more champions to the World in all three categories with having 10 cooks in each, but as important getting us to 20 Reds in both cookoffs so as to keep two qualifier cookoffs from the get-go for 2015. No doubt we’ll get there…and looking forward to seeing everyone,