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3rd Annual Chili Cookoff

January 8, 2013


chili cookoff

I know everyone’s number one resolution revolved around the chili cookoff, whether it was to WIN! or to help put on the best event yet. We’re looking forward to this year’s 3rd Annual Chili Cookoff.

This year is a similar layout as last year’s success. The entrant forms are below, as well as the flyer.

I know everyone is biting at the bit to know all the details surrounding this event. I’m about to convey quite a bit of information, so if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me via email during work hours or by telephone in the evenings, (410) 533 6377. Most of this information is geared towards the cookers. Volunteers just plan to be onsite 2/16/13 at NOON. Cookers at ONE.

The event will be held at :

Fleet Reserve Club of Annapolis, Inc
100 Compromise Street
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

The event runs from 2-6 pm. All chili cookers must begin to setup by 1 pm. You are free to come earlier to plug in your pot. You would check in with Toni O’Neill and setup in the dining room. I will also be available and assisting during setup, as will other volunteers. If you DO NOT have a crock pot (or crock pots) large enough to hold the requested 2 gallons (8 quarts) of chili, you must contact me immediately. We have other options to keep your chili hot, but I need to have that on standby for that day. Also, you will need serving utensils. The tasting cups that we provide will be 4 oz ramekins (small black plastic cups you’d get for condiments or salad dressing). In theory, you’d only put about 2 oz of chili in the cup, the tastee has a spoon, they enjoy your chili and then they use a fresh cup for the next chili. To serve chilling into a small black cup you’d want a smaller ladle (think gravy sized), as well as a spoon/larger ladle to stir the chili.

The tables will be covered with festive colored table clothes and some fun decorations. Each chef will have approximately 2-2.5 linear feet of space on the table. This is subject to change. Signs will be premade for the cookers that display the Chef’s Name, Chili Name, and Hotness Level. You are encourage to represent yourself in a fun manner (i.e. If you have a “Monster Green Chili,” wearing all green). Fun hats, aprons or even full costume garb will be applauded. You may bring your own table decorations or enhancements if you’d like, but remember that your space is limited. An auxiliary award for Best Chef Character is also on the line. This day will be a fun family event they we plan to make an annual success. Light music will be playing in the background and the bar TV”s will only be on if there is some amazing game on.

Parking is available to members in the Fleet Parking Lot if you have a decal sticker. If you do not have a sticker, but need to unload your chili, there is an alley next to the building. Your car cannot stay there, but for convenience for unloading materials it is available.

Judging for the Grand Prize will be done by popular vote. Each attendee will purchase a tasting kit at the front door for their $5 donation. They will have those black tasting cups I described previously, spoons, crackers (in case its hot!) and voting tickets. There are 4 unique voting tickets for each category: Best Chili (which is for the $100 prize), Best Chef (based on costume/personality), Most Unique, and Hottest Chili (for the brave who try it). Each ticket will be a different color. A voting container labeled for each chef will reside in front of their station. These containers will be provided by LAFRA. A person tasting your chili could give you all four of their tickets if they want, or none.

Because the system is based on the subjective opinion of the crowd, the LAFRA takes no responsibility in the accuracy of the results actually indicating true culinary genius. Hypothetically if you have more friends come and vote for you (HINT…..INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!), then you have a higher probability of doing well in the competition. That being said, we can’t wait to taste everyone’s chili and have a wonderful afternoon!

Also, if you’re competing submit a background story. I compile the interesting information into a booklet that will be available for attendees to take and keep that highlights the chefs and their chili’s so that attendees can also understand the background of the chefs or the story of their chili. I’m just looking for 250 words or less (just a sentence or two if you’d like) describing a previous cooking experience, why you love chili, or how you’re chili came to be.

Some general information about the event.

  • There will be hot dogs available for purchase. The bar will be open as well.
  • We are also encouraging attendance of children with games, facepainting, and crafts sponsored by Girl Scout troop 782.
  • A “Guess How Many?” jar filled with bottle tops prompts guest to donate $1 to guess the number of beans in order to win half the pot. This is a twist on our typical 50/50.
  • A Chinese Auction will be setup in the bar area with fun items to be raffled off. Tickets are $1 or 6 for $5. You put the tickets towards whichever item or items you want to win at a chance to take it home. There will be gift baskets, homemade candy, beanie babies, homegoods and more available to raffle on.

All of these donations go towards the Ladies Auxiliary of the Fleet Reserve Association Unit 24’s annual welfare and social activities that include Senior Center bingo, Veteran Hosptial visits, Sarah’s House holiday gifts, Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets, Youth Activities, and many other amazing events we do throughout the year and organizations we support.


Entrant Form 2013

Chili CoOokoff Flyer 2013


2nd Annual Chili Cookoff!

January 2, 2012

The 2nd Annual Chili Cookoff will be hosted on Saturday February 18th 2012 at the Fleet Reserve in Annapolis.

  • The event will go from 2-6 pm
  • The event is open to members and their guests.
  • Tickets will be sold during the months of January and February at the fleet, but will also be available for purchase at the door. $5 for Adults and $2 for kids 10 and under.
  • Along with the DELICIOUS Chili Tasting, additional food will be available for purchase. The bar will be open and will be running drink specials all afternoon to cool off your tongue!
  • For the kids there will be facepainting, crafts and a dessert wheel, all provided by Girl Scout Troop 782.
  • There will also be a Chinese Auction where you buy tickets for the chance to win beautiful gifts, valuable certificates and useful household items.

If you’re interested in competing:

The following information will be used to create a program for the Chili Cook-off attendees (excluding contact information). Since the People’s Choice (chili with the most votes from the general attendees) will be the overall winner of the Cook-off, receiving both the $100 cash prize and bragging rights, feel free to give yourself character to attract interest. The name of your chili, as well as any back story to its origins or creation will help give this competition extra “flavor.”

Entrants are responsible for providing 2 gallons (8 quarts) of chili for tasting. The chili must be made ahead of time. Entrants are asked to provide crockpots and/or warming devices to serve their chili in. If the cook does not have an appropriate warming dish, then the Ladies’ Auxiliary will supply a warming chafer. These quantities are limited. The committee will do their best to coordinate with the chili cooks to accommodate the needs of the entrants.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact Irene Jorden Romero at or by phone 410-533-6377. The $20 Entry fee to be paid to the Ladies Auxilary of the Fleet Reserve via check or cash. Mail Entry Forms and fee to Irene Jorden Romero, 2825 Whitehouse Road; Riva, MD 21140 by January 31st. Additional information will be distributed to entrants after the January 31st, 2011 entrant deadline.


Hello World!

October 3, 2011

As we finally make it into the 21st century, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Fleet Reserve Association, Unit 24 of Annapolis, Maryland wants to welcome you to our site!

Some information about us:

July 8, 1963
Ladies Auxiliary of the Fleet Reserve Association Unit 24
General Information
The National organization began in 1930 to aid, assist and promote all matters pertaining to welfare, social, and patriotic works of the Fleet Reserve Association , its members and their families. There are LA FRA Units located throughout the United States and the Philippines. There is also a Membership-at-Large (MAL) roll administered by the LA FRA National Offices, for those who do not have access to, or do not desire to join a Unit. The LA FRA is proud of the heritage and traditions of this great nation and we recognize the sacrifices, past and present, needed to keep us strong and free.
LA FRA plays an active role in the local community by promoting youth activities, Americanism, and charitable causes. At the national level, LA FRA funds four annual scholarships and was a major contributor to the building of our nation’s Navy Memorial, located in Washington, D.C.LA FRA Units sponsor and assist local communities with their memorial ceremonies and patriotic events. They also participate in social events such as dances, luncheons, picnics and fund-raising activities. Annual regional and national conventions, caucuses, workshops, convention tours, shows and dinner/dances round out many exciting activities available to LA FRA members.

All applicants must be at least sixteen (16) years of age.Membership in the Ladies Auxiliary of the Fleet Reserve Association is limited to spouses, parents, grandparents, sisters, brothers, children, stepchildren and grandchildren not less than 16 years of age of members of the Fleet Reserve Association and widows, widowers, parents, grandparents, sisters, brothers, children, stepchildren and grandchildren not less than 16 years of age of persons who were members at the time of death or eligible to be members of the Fleet Reserve Association at the time of death.