HOLY SMOKES we’ve had a Chili
HOT and HOTTER was the order of the
day for the First Annual Holy Smokes
Chili Cookoff held July 21st
in Parker Colorado. This first
annual event drew contestants from
Wyoming, Colorado, California and
CASI’s own Alan and Susan Dean
represented Texas. There were also
a lot of local cooks trying their
hand at chili for the first time.
With food vendors, kid’s activities,
music, and a craft fair, there was
plenty to keep the crowd entertained
while the cooks tended their Chili
Pots and Salsa Bowls.
was time for the Salsa to be turned
in. With almost as many Salsa
entries as Chili entries, the crowd
was extremely pleased to have
something cool and refreshing on
this day that peaked in the high
90’s. But this was just the “warm
up”. When the Green Chili was
turned in, the crowd went wild.
Except for a couple of restaurants
that made 10 Gallons of the
southwest concoction, the majority
of pots were bone dry in only a few
judges for this event were new to
the world of chili as well. They
soon realized how special a Chili
Cookoff can be. This was evident
with a judge from Norway who had
never tasted Chili in her life. Not
only was she hooked on the fiery
brew, she promised that she would
return to the United States for next
year’s event. She was later seen
collecting recipes and website
addresses so she could recreate her
favorites at home in Norway.
Dean entertained the Red Judges with
anecdotes of the chili world while
they had the challenging task of
determining the winners.
the crowd was full a hush fell over
the event site. And everyone knew,
It was time to see who today’s
champion would be.
the Cookoff organizers brought out
beautiful hand crafted bowls and
platters as trophies for the top 3
positions in all categories, the
cooks were all hoping that they had
given their creations just the right
touch to put them over the top.
Chili and Salsa were both won by
Steve Lee of Longmont.
Brothers Chili Team from Parker
pulled down the Showmanship win.
Lee made his way to the stage again
to pick up 3rd place in the Red
himself (Alan Dean) took down 2nd
finally, Amy Hardesty of Aurora
Colorado took the top honors for the
event organizers would like to thank
everyone who supported this event,
from the cooks and judges to the
very hungry public. They would also
like to invite back everyone for
next year’s event which they promise
will be bigger and better.