Greetings from Ahwatukee!!! I hope everyone is doing well and in the mood to cook some chili!! We are hosting the Back to Back AZ Copperstate Regional and AZ Valley of the Sun Regional cookoffs again this year on March 12th and 13th in our lovely Ahwatukee Park. We will again have security on site Saturday night so cooks can leave their tents and belongings instead of packing it all up and setting up again. What a deal!!! Entry fees are $35 for Red, $30 for Green, and $15 for Salsa. In addition, 1 gallon of People’s Choice is required which we will be checking folks. If you need tables, chairs or canopies they are available for rent. A table plus 2 chairs is $10 and a canopy is $15 for a two-day rental. I have an informational flyer on the event as well as cooking schedules for both days. As far as lodging, I just spoke with a representative from Extended Stay America (1.22 miles from our location) and she gave us a great, great, deal especially during this peak season. This is a 1 bedroom suite (queen bed) with a kitchen with refrigerator for only $66.49 per night. The same suite is also available with two double beds for $75.99 (only 6 available). This is a terrific deal. It is a nice, clean hotel and very close to our facility. To get this deal you need to book before February 18 and tell the booking agent that you are with the International Chili Society. She has blocked off 20 rooms as of today. Their address is 14245 S. 50th St., Phoenix, AZ 85044 and phone number is 480-785-0464. If you have any problems with the reservation, ask to speak with Milijana. She is the one I spoke with about this group rate. I look forward to seeing everyone back this year!! You guys are a FUN GROUP.
Please do not hesitate to call or email me with any questions. Please pass this information on to anyone you might think would be interested in our cook offs.
Have a great day!!!! Susan Hyden Cookoff Chairman