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Thank You

Posted in 2012, Our Heros, The Big Chili Cook-Off, USA with tags , , , , , on 07-27-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

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First Responders save lives. Thank you to our fire, police and emergency medical personnel.

A Day For the Little Ones

Posted in 2012, Around Town, September 2012, The Big Chili Cook-Off, Who Gets This Whole Thing Going with tags , , , , , , on 07-18-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

The Big Chili Cook-Off focuses on two things: community and family. With this in mind, one of pivotal cornerstones of the day is our children’s area.

volunteer firefighters in ColoradoBring your little ones for a day of fun and activity. Not only will they enjoy the music and the children’s firefighter challenge, but they will be able to experience the fun in an area created just for them. Your small ones can bounce (and giggle, and smile, and create a little ruckus) in our jumping castles. Then, when they’re ready for a quieter activity, they can enjoy the crafts tent where clever, crafty people will have designed something fun for them to create and take home. There will be jugglers, amazing and fascinating everyone with their mad skills. It will be a day of happy memories for everyone.

We’re so excited to see your whole family – so mark your calendars now for September 9, 2012.

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.

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volunteer firefighters in Colorado

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

Art Director – Susan Freilicher

Posted in 2012, Around Town, September 2012, The Big Chili Cook-Off, Who Gets This Whole Thing Going with tags , , , on 06-29-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen
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Black Divas

One of the critical volunteer positions we have here at The Big Chili Cook-Off is that of Art Director. This job reqires just the right person, someone knowledgeable about both art and business …  someone like Susan Freilicher.

Susan Freilicher loves art and artists and has devoted her working life to the creative arts. She currently does marketing consulting with artists and galleries and other small businesses and sits on the Board of Advisors for the Mizel Museum in Denver.

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Green Toasties

Her creative endeavors started in Manhattan where she helped launch the Dyansty fragrances Krystal and Carrington based on the nighttime drama that everyone loved so much! She stayed in the fragrance and cosmetic industry working for several major companies until a move to Santa Fe in 1992.

It was in Santa Fe that Susan became involved with the western art community. After directing two art galleries there, she came to Colorado and joined Southwest Art Magazine where she finished her tenure as Publisher in 2009. Susan loves the art community and her clients can see it in her genuine enthusiasm for them and their work. With Susan, the artists can focus on their art, letting Susan make her extensive marketing background work for them.

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Charcoal Cutie – fringe top

Be sure to check out Susan’s designs at The Big Chili Cook-Off. Susan and our Volunteer Coordinator, Vicki Renfro, will have a booth where you can meet these fabulous women and see their beautiful artistic creations.

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.