Minnesota ‘Mild’ Chili Cook-Off II

SIX OUTSTANDING CHILI RECIPES WERE SERVED UP IN THIS YEAR’S EVENT.  SCORES WERE CLOSER THIS YEAR WITH MANY MORE PEOPLE PARTICIPATING IN THE JUDGING. TREVOR USED HIS SKILLS AS A TA IN THE MASTER’S STATS CLASS TO CREATE A MINNESOTA-FRIENDLY SET OF LIKERT SCALES TO HELP THE JUDGING PROCESS.

LAST YEAR THE JUDGE CREATED TWO CATEGORIES FOR WINNERS: BEST RESTAURANT-STYLE CHILI AND BEST ALTERNATIVE CHILI. THIS YEAR  THERE WERE TWO CATEGORIES CREATED: BEST OVERALL AND BEST OVERALL WITH WITHOUT THE RATING FOR HEAT.  THE SECOND CATEGORY WAS DESIGNED TO REMOVE THE WEIGHT OF THE HEAT CATEGORY.  BOTH WINNERS WERE STELLAR.  AS WITH LAST YEAR, THOSE LOWER ON THE SCALE WERE ALREADY TALKING ABOUT NEXT YEAR.

CHECK OUT THE PHOTOS ON THE CHILI PHOTO PAGE.  WE ARE OFF TOMORROW TO TRY A SECOND PASS AT THE NOOK IN ST. PAUL.  LAST TIME THE LINE WAS TOO LONG.  THIS TIME WE HAVE PLANNED BACK-UPS.

TREVOR’S CHILI RATINGS SHEET: RATING.PDF.

SOME COMMENTS ON THE PLACE

AN UNASSUMING NEIGHBORHOOD JOINT THAT REMINDS ONE OF THE SPEAKEASIES OF THE PAST. ONCE INSIDE YOU REALIZE THAT THIS PLACE IS JUST LIKE HOME. TWO BATHROOMS AND A LARGE SEATING AREA JUST RIGHT FOR CONVERSATION. A REAL FAMILY PLACE FILLED WITH A VARIETY OF AGES- FROM INFANTS TO OLD TIMERS WITH FAMILIES AND SINGLES AS WELL

SOME COMMENTS ON THE HELP

GRACIOUS AND UNASSUMING THE HELP WAS MORE THAN HAPPY TO POINT YOU TO THE FOOD AND TO LAUGH AT YOUR JOKES, HOWEVER MIDWEST THE JOKES WERE.

THE FOOD, THE FOOD

GREAT CHILI. A VARIETY OF HEATS AND SUBSTANCE.  ALL SUPPORTED BEANS WHICH MAY BE APPROPRIATE WITH THE DEPARTURE OF OUR TEXAN PRESIDENT, WE LEFT SATISFIED.

OTHER THINGS WE THINK YOU SHOULD KNOW

ON-STREET PARKING IS AVAILABLE BUT YOU’LL BE ASKED TO MOVE THE CAR IF THE PLOW SHOWS UP. DON’T FORGET TO HELP WITH THE DISHES. THE PLACE HAS ITS OWN HOMEBREW IF YOU ARRIVE DURING A TIME WHEN ITS READY. JUST ASK.

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