Last Saturday I attended the Chili For Children chili cook-off at the Lady Luck Casino here in Vicksburg. It was a charity event to raise money for Vicksburg’s children’s home.
I’m not a huge fan of chili. I like it. Sometimes. But, since it was a charity event and I’m a charitable kind of person, and I love my new community, I decided to give it a go. I’ve never been to an anything cook-off, so it was a new experience for me.
Here’s what I took away from the event, which was a lot of fun under clear blue skies and delightful warm/cool temperatures:
1 – Don’t be afraid to take antacid. In fact, I highly recommend you take some BEFORE the event.
2 – Wear a chili colored tie-dyed top.
3 – Do NOT taste the chili while still at the booth. (Trust me on this one.)
4 – It’s perfectly okay not to try every single one, although in order to cast an honest vote for the best, you must in fact try every single one. If this is your plan, refer back to number 1 above.
5 – Pace yourself. Have a few crackers and some milk after about 5 or 6 samples. Cleansing the pallet helps. Sort of, I mean it is still chili you’ll be going back to.
6 – Don’t ask what’s in the chili. Again, trust me. Some people are VERY creative. Just sample – remembering number 3 above – and move on.
7 – Have fun. Who cares what’s in the chili, if you like it or not, if it looks good on your shirt or not, you’re there for a good cause.
This year 21 teams competed at the Lady Luck and raised over $12,000 for the kids. There were face painting booths, a guy making balloon animals, church groups selling baked goods, and a bunch of cute girls selling sodas. Not to mention a beer booth. That’s pretty neat.
Do you attend cook-offs in your home town? Do you enjoy chili? What’s your favorite or weirdest chili ingredient?
Word of the day: Ytrium
Fun fact about me: I make a really good turkey pumpkin chili. In my opinion anyway. Perhaps I’ll enter it into the cook-off next year.
Original post by Jansen Schmidt, February 2017. Photos courtesy Google Images.