PHOENIX CHILI COOK OFF a great Success!March 24, 2009 at 7:10 pm | Posted in General Troop Support | 1 Comment
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The Phoenix Chili Cook Off, held at Shoreline Park, North Ft. Lewis Washington on March 21st was a great success!
We (Soldiers’ Angels Julie, Sammi & Jewell ) arrived a few minutes after 6am to find the participants setting up and already starting to cook in the dark, with the only light coming from Vehicle headlights. Jewell got out to do a little recon mission to find our station and our Head Chef Wanda. The ingredients, BBQ, cooking utensils and directions to get us started were all dropped off apparently before 5:30am but no Wanda! Panic went into full gear when Danita informed us Wanda had to fulfill a previous commitment for the USO she was unable to get covered for and wouldn’t be arriving until later. It’s pretty easy to be in awe of Wanda Watonaga. She is an amazing angel that does so much for our troops!
With the reality of Wanda being detained, we all of a sudden felt like Lucy and Ethel at the Chocolate Factory,
Firstly, we had never tasted chili let alone cooked it before! Secondly we had no idea of how to even start the BBQ!! We also had never camped and people out cooking in the freezing cold before the sun came up, seemed very much like camping! Can you say out of your element????!!!
Jewell promptly voted Sammi as the sub Head Chef until Wanda arrived, because “clearly Sammi was the only one who could follow a recipe! ” Jewell started decorating the station and I began opening a lot of CANS of BEANS! The next thing to do was to ask our Competitors for help with the BBQ and they graciously obliged…well..almost. Brent said. “Don’t help them! They’re our competition. They’ll probably win!” Needless to say our BBQ was fired up in no time. Thanks Guys!! Despite the constant barrage of teasing coming from them throughout the day, they were great sports.
Wanda arrived shortly after 9am THANK GOODNESS, and that’s when things got spicy! Soldiers’ Angels Tracy Patterson showed up a little later to help and Wanda’s family were also wonderful helpers in the taste test department! A great team! We made enough to feed an army….literally!
It was great to meet everyone at the Cook off, including the other teams who were Soldiers’ Angels Sponsored…Team Chuck (including Soldiers Angel Erin)and Hook em Horns Chili. Danita of the WTB and those who were organizing the event obviously put a ton of time and work into making sure everything ran smoothly from beginning to end. Everyone was positive, supportive and wonderful to spend the day with! Congratulations to all the winners and Chaplain’s Assistant John Dinkins for winning Judge’s Choice! (Soldiers Angels Team Molten Lava won 2nd!)
Here are a few of the pictures from this wonderful Day!