Chili Cook Off Plan of Attack!

Home, where my thoughts escape, at home, where my music’s playin’
Home, where my love lies waitin’ silently for me – Paul Simon

Before I go over my plan of attack let me start out by saying HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Esq.!!! We spent this gorgeous weekend celebrating with his family in one of my favorite cities in the world, Greenville. Tomorrow/today, depending on when I actually get this posted, is his actual birthday, and we are celebrating at Solstice, one of Columbia’s yummiest dining locationss. I will try to take pictures and document our meal to share!

Solstice Kitchen and Wine Bar

Preparation week!

We are getting down to the wire in terms of the cook off, and I need to write out my plan of attack so I don’t have a major freak out on Friday when I realize nothing is done and all the stores are closed. The plan is as follows:

Monday: Celebrate Esq.’s birthday, figure out the exact recipe and write a shopping list, and submit my entry form

Shopping List!

Tuesday: Make and freeze cornbread bites for 100. Outside of cornbread, hopefully I will be able to try my hand at a cupcake recipe or two in preparation for the Taste of Lake Murray competition.


Wednesday: This will be the day that I figure out what I can buy where. The only farmers market going on that I am aware of is the All Locals farmers market at 701 Whaley, but it is on Saturday, there by preventing me from being able to get ingredients. I am going to check out Rosewood Market, Piggly Wiggly, Fresh Market, Ole Timey Meat Market and other local butchers. Hopefully, I will be able to find everything I need and at a good price, considering I am going to be cooking for 100.

Rosewood Market

Thursday: Decorations! Time to get my arts and farts on, I couldn’t resist a good ole’ camp joke. I need to make a sign for the table, hopefully I can print up some business cards, and I want to find a way to credit all of the local retailers I used. I also need to make sure I have all of my supplies ready to go; enough crock pots, thermometer, utensils, and the like.


Friday: Do or die time. There has been talk of a chili party by some wonderful friends who have volunteered their time and knifemanship in support of  endeavor, and I can not thank them enough!

Pot 1

Pot 2

Pot 3

I am ready to get this ball rolling!

Once again, HAPPY BIRTHDAY Esq.!!!!

2 thoughts on “Chili Cook Off Plan of Attack!

  1. Went to the chili cook off on Sat. You had the most unique flavor in your chili and it was amazing. I’m really looking forward to know where you got everything for your locovore chili. Thanks again for keeping it local!

    • Thank you soooooo much! You have no idea how much your comment means to me! Thank you for the support! I will be recapping the recipe and all the ingredients in my blog tomorrow. Check it out!

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