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The Results are in: Chili’n 2013 Winners

Results! Results!

It was a great competition. So much thanks go out to these cooks for participating. They gave out over 2,000 samples of chili + salsa, combined!!

The winners of the showmanship portion of the contest went to:
3rd: Packin’ Some Heat, Wauwatosa, WI
2nd: No Beans About It, Michael Oblamski, Menomonee Falls
1st: Meinecke Mayhem, Wauwatosa, WI


The winners of the salsa competition are as follows:
3rd: Jill Goldberg of Jill’s Leapin’ Lambeau
2nd: David Wall of Meinecke Mayhem, with Sweet Swellin’
1st: Matt Stippich of Trial by Fire with Trial by Salsa


The winners of the People’s Choice award are as follows:
3rd place: Nacho Libre, led by Heidi Sekowski from Naperville, IL
2nd place: Trial by Fire, led by East Tosa’s Matt Stippich
1st place: Twisted Spoke, led by Wauwatosa’n Al Strombowski


In the ‘open’ competition (chili where basically anything goes), the winners were all from East Tosa! Keeping it local!
3rd – Packin Some Heat, lead by Steve Carpenter and Chris Tait
2nd – Trial by Fire, lead by Matt Stippich
1st – Dos Sombreros, lead by Chris Turner and Scott Miller


And now for the official CASI ( CASI Chili Appreciation Society International ) results. This chili is a meat and gravy only chili and must be judged on the following: Aroma, Consistency, Red Color, Taste, + Aftertaste. Each place has points assigned to it and the cooks who belong to CASI can go on to participate in other national competitions if they have enough points.

10th – Heidi Sekowski, Naperville, IL
9th- David Wall, Wauwatosa, WI
8th – Jill Goldberg, Madison, WI
7th – John Gastaldedo, Downers Grove, IL
6th – Rick Geiger, Midlothian, IL
5th- Matt Stippich, Wauwatosa, WI
4th- Christina Piel, Wauwatosa, WI
3rd – TICKET NUMBER 27118
2nd – Georgia Weller, Rockton, IL
1st- Al Strombowski, Wauwatosa, WI


Thanks to our local restaurants, Il Mito, The Sherbrooke, BelAir, and Cranky Al’s.  They all competed in our bloody mary throwdown. While it was a close contest, we could only have 1 winner.  This year, the award goes to Sherbrooke for their Bloody Canuk! Thanks too all of the people who took one (or 4) for the team and enjoyed the bloodies!


Congrats to all!!!!!

Yoga Slam!

Did you catch East Tosa‘s Melanie Landgraf from Tosa Yoga on Fox 6?  Here she is, talking up the Yoga Slam portion of this Saturday’s Chili’n on the Avenue!





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Chill….Street Yoga Style!

Join Melanie Landgraf, owner of Tosa Yoga Center, for the first annual Yoga Street Slam as part of East Tosa’s Chillin’ On The Avenue

Melanie will lead you through a 75-minute all levels “chill” yoga class right on North Ave as Patrick Nettesheim, founder of Guitars for Vets, plays guitar to compliment the flow. 
Please dress comfortably, bring a yoga mat (we will have a few extras) and set up in the street in front of the music stage. 

Come chill with us – yoga style! 
This is a FREE class, but please sign up at TosaYoga.com

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It’s going to be a fun packed day!

We start off the morning with a Street Yoga Slam (9:30-10:30) and Bloody Mary Throw Down – competition for 2013 Best Bloody Mary in East Tosa (9 am-noon).
The Chili Village will be open at 1pm until approx 3 (while supplies last!!).
The Children’s Village, Marketplace (street booths), Beer Garden, and Entertainment/Band will all be open from 11a-5p.
Come on down for great fun and chances to win some great prizes and mingle with awesome people!!



Chili’n could never happen without the our amazing sponsors (see sidebar) and without the help of the community and people like you. If you have 2 hours to spare, we’d love for you to sign up to volunteer for a block of time! Sign up now!!!!




Its not too late to register to cook — It’s not too late to pre-register to compete in the chili cookoff and get the early-bird discount (after September 4th, add $5)

Pricing is as follows:
$25.00 for entry into single category
$40.00 for entry into two categories
$50.00 for entry into all three categories

^^^NEW THIS YEAR: a special discount to Bunzel’s Old Fashioned Meat Market for all registrants!^^^


Q: How large is my space?

A: Approximately 12×12.

Q: What time can I start setting up?

A: We recommend showing up between 8am-9am to start setting up. The festival begins at 11am, but judging and turn-in are not until 1pm.

Q: Can I marinate my meat ahead of time?

A: No. All food *must* be prepared from scratch. “Scratch” is defined as starting with raw meat. No marinating is allowed. Commercial chili powder is permissible, but complete commercial chili mixes (“just add meat” mixes that contain pre-measured spices) are NOT permitted.

Q: Does Chili’n provide electricity for cooks?

A: No. In the past, most cooks have used either camp stoves or turkey fryer-type pots atop a propane burner. We don’t generally recommend generators, as they are pretty loud and its a pretty small space.

Q: Can I decorate?

A: Yes. All cook off participants are encouraged to participate in the showmanship category competition. The goal is to decorate your cooking space to reflect your chili.

Q: What kind of prizes are there?

A: We give trophies for 1st through 3rd place for CASI chili, and ribbons for 4th through 7th. We also give trophies for 1st through 3rd places for homestyle chili, salsa, and the people’s choice award. We give ribbons for 4th through 7th place for showmanship.

Good luck and may the force be with you!!