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Blues n BBQ

Posted in 2012, Around Town, The Big Chili Cook-Off, USA with tags , , , , , , on 07-13-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

It’s this Sunday! Come down to Olde Town Arvada in support of Habitat for Humanity, and enjoy fantastic music, great barbeque and that small-town feel of community and camaraderie.

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volunteer firefighters in Colorado

Check the Blues & BBQ Fest website here to learn more about this fantastic event.

Benefitting Habitat for Humanity

Posted in 2012, Around Town, The Big Chili Cook-Off, USA with tags , , , , , , on 07-06-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

If you’re looking for some fun activities for the family this summer, and you love to contribute to a great cause – come on down to Olde Town Arvada, enjoy great music and food, and lend your support to Habitat for Humanity.

volunteer firefighters in Colorado

volunteer firefighters in Colorado

Check the Blues & BBQ Fest website here to learn more about this fantastic event.

We Love Our Sponsors

Posted in 2012, Around Town, Evergreen Lake House, September 2012, The Big Chili Cook-Off, Who Gets This Whole Thing Going with tags , , , , , , , , on 06-27-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

volunteer firefighters in ColoradoThanks to our sponsor Stagecoach Sports Grill for stepping up to the plate and giving to our local fire departments. Stagecoach is a mountain style hangout with 14 LCD TV’s where you can watch your favorite teams, and experience their award-winning menu items and great service. It’s the perfect place to hang out with friends and watch “The Game.”
volunteer firefighters in ColoradoThanks, too, to Lakepoint Center of Evergreen, a unique commercial setting located at the intersection of Hwy 74 and Upper Bear Creek Road that fronts right on Evergreen Lake and the Lakehouse. These shops and restaurants will be open during The Big Chili Cook-Off, so if you’re looking for a place to take a break during the event, be sure to stop in and see what’s here.

Vick Renfro – Volunteer Coordinator

Posted in 2012, Around Town, September 2012, The Big Chili Cook-Off, Who Gets This Whole Thing Going with tags , , , , , on 06-26-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen
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Who … Me?

We love all of our volunteers here at The Big Chili Cook-Off, but a couple of positions require a huge amount of work and organization and are critical to making the Cook-Off run smoothly. One of these is the volunteer coordinator who schedules hundreds of people to work throughout the festival.

Vicki Renfro is a local artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. For 15 years she worked as an engineer, but continued to enjoy her art and was able to display her work in Tucson galleries.

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Time Traveler

For the last 18 years, she has been an artist at Zuni Signs and now has the pleasure of painting in her studio again.
You can see Vicki’s art at various venues. She has showings at:
Colorado Mountain Gallery in Georgetown
Mountain Homes beginning June 29th (last Friday gallery walk) through July.
Open Door Studio Sept 15 and 16th.
To see more of her wok, please check her website at  www.vickirenfro.artspan.com.

Mountain Pies

Posted in 2012, Around Town, September 2012, The Big Chili Cook-Off, Who Gets This Whole Thing Going with tags , , , , , , , on 06-22-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

volunteer firefighters in ColoradoBeau Jo’s Founder, Pete ZaPigh (Za-Pie), an obscure French fur trapper of humble and indeed rather questionable origin, first appeared in the Idaho Springs area at about the time of the Colorado Gold Rush.  How he got here is a matter of continuing speculation, the most popular theory being that of spontaneous generation. A second line of thought maintains that he arrived by cab from Trenton, New Jersey.  Fortunately for the many devotees of Beau Joís Pizza, Pete possessed a somewhat less than working knowledge of natural history, and was attempting to trap a woolly mammoth, an animal for which there was little demand and even less supply.  After several years of fruitless effort, ZaPigh decided that perhaps a new career was in order. At this point he disappeared into an abandoned mine shaft for two years and then emerged triumphant with a new Old World recipe for an Italian delight, which was to reshape  the waistlines of food lovers the world over.  Unfortunately, six months later, ZaPigh was stepped on by what witnesses claimed to be a woolly mammoth.  Unknown to those who reached him first, ZaPigh had managed to carve his secret recipe onto the shell of a local box turtle who went by the handle of Beau Jo.  For the next 75 years, gourmets around the world mourned the loss of the recipe.  History does not mention anyone mourning the loss of ZaPigh, however.

Several years back, a fellow named Chip, while attempting to walk and chew bubble gum at the same time, tripped over the long lived Beau Jo and re-discovered ZaPigh’s recipe.

This is Beau Jo’s official history, and and we’re thrilled to have them on board as a sponsor for this year’s Big Chili Cook-Off on September 9. If you haven’t had a Mountain Pie lately, stop in downtown and see what you’ve been missing. Or if you’re down the hill, check out Beau Jo’s brand new store at 7525 W. 53rd in Arvada.

Thanks, Asphalt Artistry!

Posted in 2012, Around Town, September 2012, The Big Chili Cook-Off, Who Gets This Whole Thing Going with tags , , , , , , , , , on 06-13-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

volunteer firefighters in ColoradoLiving in the mountains with the potential for huge snows, it’s important to have a well-maintained, easy-to-plow driveway. Does your driveway need repair or replacement? Are you tired of plowing over pits and holes, or do you just long for a beautiful, welcoming drive? Asphalt Artistry Inc. is located in the mountains of the Evergreen/Conifer area. The company’s owner, Shane Cook, has been paving driveways since 1993. Whatever your asphalt needs, Shane and his crew will perform beyond your expectations. It’s Not Just a Driveway… It’s a Work of Art. Asphalt Artistry can meet your needs for new installation, pavement overlay, driveway maintenance, recycling asphalt, and grading.

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Shane runs a great company, but he also has a sense of community spirit and responsibility. He knows that when everyone comes together, fantastic things can happen. That’s why he’s once again supporting our mountain area volunteer fire departments by sponsoring The Big Chili Cook-Off in September. All of our volunteers and sponsors mean so much to us! Thank you Shane Cook and Asphalt Artistry!!

Thanks, Flip Dalfonso!

Posted in 2012, Around Town, Evergreen Lake House, September 2012, The Big Chili Cook-Off, Who Gets This Whole Thing Going with tags , , , , , , , , on 06-11-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen
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Flip Dalfonso

Local photographer Flip Dalfonso says, “Photography has always been a passion of mine. Recent retirement has given me the opportunity to travel around and enjoy the many wonders that surround us.” He takes really great outdoor shot, like this photo of the Evergreen Lake House.

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© Flip Dalfonso – please do not reuse without permission.

Flip does more than photography in his retirement. He also takes ownership of his community by staying involved in those projects close to his heart. This year, Flip has graciously donated photographs for all of our Big Chili ads leading up to the Festival. This is one more thing The Big Chili doesn’t have to pay for. Not only do we get high-quality work, we get it in a way that ultimately puts more money into our firefighter fund. Thanks, Flip!!