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Chili Cook Off July 4th at Mitchell Park

Uploaded: Jun 28, 2010
This has to be one of the most fun events we have annually in Palo Alto.

In my capacity as a Palo Alto Parks and Recreation Commissioner, I put in my time with the satisfaction that I am helping City staff and City Council think through issues that affect the community.

And I get to be a judge at the Chili Cook Off!

I cannot think of a more enjoyable way to spend Independence Day.

In my capacity as a "judge" I get to try in a blind tasting various chilis that are provided at the contestants' booths to the public. It is a very solemn process.

All of us judges get to go around to the booths before we sample the chili fares, and are encouraged to be "bribed" by the booth folks. I suspect my female colleagues on the Parks Commission have a different take on the bribes they like compared to mine, and I say "Vive Le Difference!"

This is such a fun event for people of all ages, and eating chili is not required. Other cuisine also is available. There is music, stuff for kids, just a generally good time.

And you can go to watch the fireworks at Shoreline afterwards if you are so inclined.

Please come by the Chili Cook Off judges' booth and introduce yourself to me. Many people whom I know do so, and I welcome meeting some of you who weigh in on my Blogs.

Community.
What is it worth to you?

Comments

Posted by Barron Park Mom, a resident of ,
on Jul 5, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Please publish the results of the Chili Cook-Off as it seems to get lost in almost all the newspapers.

Thanks!


Posted by Paul Losch, a resident of ,
on Jul 7, 2010 at 9:45 am

Paul Losch is a registered user.

Chili Cook Off Winners:

open division:

1. Big Kid Sports
2. Margarita Meata
3. Willie and the Chuckwagon

corporate division:

1. Palo Alto Family YMCA
2. Palo Alto Park Rangers
3. EPA Can-Do

vegetarian:

1. Chili Penguins
2. 1st United Methodist

Best Overall: Big Kid Sports
People's Choice: Palo Alto Firefighters

best spirit: Palo Alto Family YMCA
best booth: Elmo and the Old Quackers


Posted by Hmm.., a resident of ,
on Jul 7, 2010 at 10:43 am

How did Big Kid Sports compete under the "Open" category? They should have been corporate?


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