WORLD'S CHAMPIONSHIP CHILI COOKOFF RETURNS TO MANCHESTER, NH
THE INTERNATIONAL CHILI SOCIETY IS HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE 2011 WORLD’S CHAMPIONSHIP CHILI COOKOFF WILL BE HELD IN MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE! THE EVENT IS SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 30-OCTOBER 2, 2011. THE ICS WILL BE CELEBRATING THE 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WCCC.
The ICS office will be closed for the holiday season beginning December 22nd. We will be checking emails and voice messages daily so if you have something that needs immediate attention please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
We hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!! Enjoy this card!
Margo would like you to join her & J R for a no host dinner at the Crab Shack on Sat. night, January 8th, at 7:30 to celebrate J R’s 95th birthday. She will have a cake and champagne after dinner. She is sorry she can’t afford to pay for everyone’s dinner but would love to have your smiling faces there.
CINCO de MARZO - A CHILLY CHILI STROLL - MARCH 5, 2011
I’m pleased to announce a brand new cookoff! You’ve been to New Hampshire in the fall, now come experience it in the late winter. The beautiful town of North Conway will be the location of “Cinco de Marzo – A Chilly Chili Stroll” on, you guessed it, March 5, 2011. The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce has been holding a chili cookoff for seven years and this year is adding an ICS competition. In addition to the people’s choice competition (one gallon mandatory) there will be ICS competitions in all three categories. Both salsa and chili verde will get you straight into the 2011 WCCC. Red chili will get you into the 2011 Last Chance Cookoff. However, if we can get 20 red cooks, it will blast your right into the WCCC!
Mark your calendars now and plan to spend some time in this beautiful location. There will still be plenty of skiing and other winter activities at that time. The Mount Washington Valley is the home to 20 surrounding towns, many family attractions, 770,000 acres of National Forest, 7 alpine ski resorts, 6 Nordic ski and snowshoe centers, 200 miles of snowmobile trails and much, much more. For more information about the area see http://www.mtwashingtonvalley.org/.
Please come support this new event and help make it a success right from the start. Flying? We can help set you up with tables, canopies, etc.
This year, as you know, we are REMEMBERING Mr. Fred Wieland!!!!! Last year we did the Chili Peppers & this year it’s Fred’s Hat. They are real cute. I’m sure Fred’s famous saying will be said many times over the weekend. Leah & the family will be there to make sure we all have some GREAT stories to tell. Bring some pictures to share with us all.
We are having the wild & crazy slot machine tournament on Friday night at 7 pm & after that, in the bar, a slide show with some pretty funny stuff. Hope you can make it. We will have the raffle this year, so if you happen to have something you know another Chili Head really wants PLEASE help us out & donate it for our raffle.
PEOPLE’S CHOICE CHILI is a must this year!!!! 1 Gal. minimun is needed. If you are flying in or need some help with an extra stove email me @ email@example.com & we will do our best to help. Also, if you need help with handing out your PEOPLE’S CHOICE just let us know at the cooks meeting.
If you have not made your resvervations as yet please do so by Dec. 25th. The phone # is 1-800-950-7700.
THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT IN THE PAST YEARS OF THE LAUGHLIN COOK OFF. I CAN’T BEGIN TO TELL YOU HOW MUCH IT MEANS TO GARY, PATTY & I. AS LONG AS WE KEEP HAVING THIS MUCH FUN I GUESS WE WILL KEEP ON GOING.
The hotel cut off date for ICS rates has been set as DECEMBER 24, 2010.
If you have NOT made reservations, please do so as soon as possible to get this great rate,and if you have not registered with ICS please do it ASAP so we can get a good count on who & what you are cooking.
We would like to have a good turn out for this event.
River Resorts Regional was its usual great success. This is a very unique chili cookoff, held a long way from nowhere but always well-attended by the chiliheads and by the public. Bill and I took the motorhome out to the River on Tuesday this year, needing some R&R and also anxious to play with our new toy. The weather was totally cooperative, with temperatures in the 70s and no W___! On Wednesday we were joined by Captain Jim and Willma Maehl and Bob and Ellen Dyer. On Thursday the complement of camping chiliheads began to arrive, and the “golf course” began to look like a happening.
Friday is work day. Everybody pitches in to prepare the bacon, sausages, potatoes and fruit for the Saturday morning repast, and the ladies combine forces to make the fruit cups. The gals also spend their time making the tasting kits to be sold to the public the next day. Captain Jim handles the setup of the campers on Thursday and Friday as well as the setup of the cooks on Saturday who come for the day. Friday passes quickly and by evening everything is in place for the cookoff. Jim Stoddard and Bill Woodring make their usual appearances on Friday afternoon, completing our tradition.
Breakfast is served on Saturday morning at 8:00. Armando Sanchez provides libations including Bloody Marys, Mimosas, Screwdrivers and a splash of brandy for your coffee. We are joined by Bob and Louise Dinnewith, Donnie Gordon and Steve and Linda Porter, all of whom will be officiating at the cookoff in various capacities. The Saturday weather is not quite as cooperative as the past days, but bearable—-cooler temperatures and a little breezy, darn it! The public was enthusiastic in its tasting of the optional People’s Choice chili, purchasing $960 in tasting kits, half of which went to the winner of the contest and half of which was designated for our personal charity of choice, English Springer Rescue America. We were assisted at the sales booth by our own two personable Springers, Sammy and Shelley, who enabled folks to see what the fuss was all about.
As previously mentioned the efficient officials were:
Site Coordinator: Captain Jim Maehl
Chief Judge: Bob Dinnewith
Chief Scorekeeper: Donnie Gordon
Scorekeepers: Louise Dinnewith, Marilou Corrao and Sharon Ayers
Emcee: Steve Porter
Wrangler: Bill Corrao
Cooking for the first time at River Resorts Regional were Ray and Mary Bogart, Mike and Sandy McAfee and Steve and Tish Crawford. Fred and Patti Summers returned after an absence of four years. All say that they will be back with bells on!
The winners were:
Best Booth/Showmanship: Steve and Tish Crawford
Mr. Hot Sauce: Todd of the Riverside Fire Department
1st, Russell Barnes. Russ won salsa here last year and got home to discover that there was no check in his envelope. He won salsa this year but was not announced as the winner due to a clerical error. Keep trying, Russ; we’ll get it right one of these days!
Chili Verde (14 entries):
3rd, Mark Haught
2nd, Jodi Wiseman
1st, Charlie Ward, completing his Hat Trick
Optional People’s Choice Chili (15 booths):
Tony and Donna Inglese, winning People’s Choice at this cookoff for 4 out of the last 5 years.
Traditional Red Chili (24 entries):
5th, Mike Ford
4th, Jim Stoddard
3rd, Sachiko Brecke
2nd, Mike “Ughlee” Austin
1st, Steve Crawford
November 19, 2011 will be the 25th Annual cookoff at Lost Lake Resort! Please plan to join us for this cookoff. Several “special” events are planned and new cooks are always welcomed with open arms. Once you cook here you’ll join the “cult” and keep coming back for years to come.
The biggest ICS sanctioned chili cook off in New England! Benefits the Somers (CT) FD and Patriot Guard CT Chili cooks can arrive 7 - 9 a.m. only. Public 11 a.m. until approx.4:30 p.m. award time. **Fly in chili cooks can be provided with an willing assistant in their tent and can provide a tent, table and chair if needed (for fly in cooks only). Hot pepper eating contest, great music, fantastic vendors, outstanding food, DEFCON Death Match hot wing eating contest, a few surprises from Mad Mike and the BEST chili!