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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Phoenix Chili Cook Off

Phoenix Chili Cook Off

The Start of a Great Day!

The Start of a Great Day!

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!

Early in thy morning!  Just the beginnings!

Early in thy morning! Just the beginnings!

Sammi Cooking!

Sammi Cooking!

Chaplains Assistant John Dinkins and son cooking as the sun rose! Congratulations on your win!

Chaplain’s Assistant John Dinkins and son cooking as the sun rose! Congratulations on your win!

Team Enigma working on their winning Chili. Check out the contestant down the ay standing on a chair doing preparations. Making Chili is hard work!

Team Enigma working on their winning Chili. Check out the contestant down the ay standing on a chair doing preparations. Making Chili is hard work!

Team Baja   slicing and dicing! Congratulations on being voted the tastiest Chili!

Team Baja > slicing and dicing! Congratulations on being voted the tastiest Chili!

Our helpful neighbours to the left!

Our helpful neighbours to the left and the cowboys!

Our other neighbor, competitor and Helper Kevin and Jewell

Our other neighbor, competitor and Helper Kyle and Jewell.

It was COLD in the morning but luckily we had hot pockets!

It was COLD in the morning but luckily we had hot pockets!

The Play Area was getting set up early in the morning.  This was a popular area for all the children.

The Play Area was getting set up early in the morning. This was a popular area for all the children.

The horn sounded like a cow!

The horn sounded like a cow!

Our Head Chef Wanda arrived..YAY! Sammi & Wanda strategizing!

Our Head Chef Wanda arrived..YAY! Sammi & Wanda strategizing

The Band began to play

The Boys of Greenwood Glen began to play

Roping Roy teaching Jewell how to rope!

Roping Roy teaching Jewell how to rope!

Sammi .....Im going to rope me some cow!

Sammi …..”Bring on the little doggies”

I need some whiskey before I teach those Morelli girls how to rope!

I need some whiskey before I teach those Morelli girls how to rope!

Dan Frazier from Dance for a wish, and Mel Gibbons(wethegibbons.com) Looks like theyre wearing some Aloha from Team Molten Lava!

Don Frazier from Dance for a wish, and Mel Gibbons(wethegibbons.com) Looks like they’re wearing some Aloha from Team Molten Lava! 

Soldiers Angel Tracy helping Wanda

Soldiers Angel Tracy helping Wanda

Our littlest helper Emma gets some Aloha from jewell

Our littlest helper Emma gets some Aloha from jewell

Soldiers Angels Erin &    of Team Chuck

Soldiers Angels Erin & SPC David Griffith (member of the WTB) of Team Chuck (sponsored by Soldiers’ Angels)

Jennifer Griffith (wife of SPC David Griffith) modelling the Team Chuck Hat

Jennifer Griffith (wife of SPC David Griffith) modelling the Team Chuck Hat

Wandas mom  The official taster

Wanda’s mom > The official taster

Things start heating up…Can you say HOT chili??!!

Ft. Lewis Firefighters tasting Soldiers Angels Team Molten Lava Chili mmmmgood!

Ft. Lewis Firefighters tasting Soldiers’ Angels Team Molten Lava Chili mmmmgood!

Another customer!

Another customer!

Soldiers Angels Team Molten Lava Station

Soldiers’ Angels Team Molten Lava Station -Tracy Serving and Kierra supervising ..our neighbors Kyle  and Jesse sampling!

This Chili was so hot they had waivers to sign and a doctor at the ready!

This Chili was so hot they had waivers to sign and a doctor at the ready!

Jalepeno Eating contest...check out Wandas Granddaughter in the mix. Talk about brave!

Jalepeno Eating contest…check out Wanda’s Granddaughter Kierra in the mix. Talk about brave!

The Band Couldnt get enough of our Chili!

The Band Couldn’t get enough of our Chili!

Bravo Bulldogs Chili

Bravo Bulldogs Chili

Soldiers Angels sponsored Hook em Horns Chili  Congrats on your showmanship win!

Soldiers’ Angels sponsored “Hook em Horns Chili” Congrats on your showmanship win!

Team Mack Pack Hook em Horns Chili Sponsored by Soldiers Angels

Team Mack Pack “Hook em Horns Chili” Sponsored by Soldiers’ Angels

Lots of fun at Soldiers Angels Team Molten Lava tent

Lots of fun at Soldiers Angels Team Molten Lava tent. Go Kierra! 

Even the big kids have fun at the Team Molten Lava tent

Even the big kids have fun at the Team Molten Lava tent

Head Chef Wanda

Head Chef Wanda

Phoenix Chili Cook Off Participants

Phoenix Chili Cook Off Participants- notice how most are wearing some Team Molten Lava leis.  

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