With the rush of the yearly Chili Cookoff Event behind us and the digestive systems back on track it might be good to give the highlights of the evening and tell the tale of the seventh annual event. Imagine that, out first post for this yearly celebration described a get together at Trevor and Missy’s place with six chilies and one judge (Scott).
Let’s do this in order. The group gathered as the bakery closed. The cooks came in the back door and slipped their chili into a soup warmer. Three warmers gave NINE chilies all numbered anonymously and waiting for the crowd. Guests started arriving with a six pack of beer/ cider/ soda/ water with some folks walking through the door with a side dish. Isaac navigated the closing of the restaurant inviting the last couple customers to join us for the event. Somehow none took him up.
The crowd is always a great mix of ages, lifestyles, occupations, and connections to the cooks. We’ve had some issues with the concrete sequential nature of the crowd in the past with many somehow needing to start with chili number one and tending to drain the lower numbered buckets first. The instructions to dig in were given with an extra suggestion to start anywhere and a quick plug for GS cookie sales. Both the chili eating and the cookie sales went well.
Here’s some details on the nine chilies (in no particular order)
|Cook||Chili Comments and Ingredients|
|Adam||Adam claims that his secret ingredient was tomatoes|
|Brad||This chili have homemade salsa and mole sauce|
|Carson||Carson’s was the guest chili inspired by his dad’s chili it boasted beer and tabasco|
|Doug||Doug often has the most heat. This year he worked with the amazing Habeneros|
|Isaac||Isaac stepped up the meats using chirizo, turkey, beef combined with great northerns|
|Jeff||Jeff went for Texas style chile using chunks of amazing brisket|
|Kyle||Kyle went with ground turkey and plenty of heat (won the heat award)|
|Trevor||Trevor’s winning entry added hominy and pumkin among other surprises|
|Turtle Bakery||The Turtle donated at great chili made by one of their cooks|
Eating started at six with the results announced around eight. All chilies went well with nearly equal amounts of each taken during the night. Something for everyone! Trevor won the event this year with Kyle winning the heat category.
The cornbreads were a new event this year and will certainly be continued next year. Here’s some details on the selections. Just like the chilies, each one was unique and well eaten.
|Cook||Cornbread Comments and Ingredients|
|Joan||Joan made the mix with creamed corn and olives|
|Lisa||Lisa baked the bread in cast iron with jalepenos|
|MacKenzie||Macenzee blended cheddar cheese, creamed corn, and Jalepenos|
|Missy||Missy had pumkin puree added to the bread|
|Pam||Pam slipped in nutmeg and walnuts|
|Trina||Trina used pumkin bread spices including ginger to make a sweet bread|