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“Chili Cook-off in a Box” Launch Party/Benefit for Share the Bounty at The Meat Market

Gina Hyams and The Meat Market will host a chili contest to celebrate publication of Hyams’s new book/kit, “Chili Cook-off in a Box: Everything You Need to Host a Chili Cook-off” on Sunday, October 7 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at The Meat Market (389 Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington). Admission is $10 at the door and free for chili contestants.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Berkshire Grown’s Share the Bounty project, which buys shares in local CSA farms to donate to area food pantries and kitchens. Everyone who attends the contest will get to sample various chili entries and vote for the best one.

You don’t need to be a chili expert to enter the contest, you just need a sense of adventure and passion for the spice of life! All kinds of chili are welcome: meat, poultry, vegetarian, or any combination. Contestants will need to deliver a gallon of their favorite chili to The Meat Market at 3:00pm on the day of the contest in either in a crock-pot or disposable chafing set, as well as provide a serving spoon and a list of recipe ingredients.

To enter the chili contest, send an email to ginahyams@gmail.com that states the type of chili you’ll be entering and your phone number. 

“Chili Cook-off in a Box” will be published by Andrews McMeel Publishing on September 11, 2012. The kit includes a chili cook-off handbook, judge badges, prize ribbons, table tents, and scorecards. The handbook starts with a brief history of chili, then provides step-by-step instructions for how to organize a chili cook-off, chili music playlists, recommendations for chili cook-off themes, a mail-order resource list for chili ingredients, prize-winning recipes and wisdom from chili cook-off winners across the country, and “zen of judging chili” tips to help prepare judges for the big day. It’s the second kit in Hyams’s “In a Box” series of cooking contests, which also includes “Pie Contest in a Box” (published last summer) and “Christmas Cookie Contest in a Box” (forthcoming November 13, 2012).

The Meat Market, which specializes in locally-raised meats, will have special chili grinds and blends available for sale.

Praise for Pie Contest in a Box

“Know any competitive bakers? This nifty kit provides everything you need—badges, ribbons, scorecards, and recipes—to find out whose pie really takes the cake.”

–Lindsay Hunt, Real Simple

“a perfect little gift” –Jackie Burrell, San Jose Mercury News

“Pie Contest in a Box offers an incredibly exciting and tasty way to determine pie favorites, while keeping the fun close to home and your heart. There is concise information to guide you through your own contest and essential tools, including pie toppers, scorecards, judge ribbons and four prize ribbons. This is a fun gift and a great way to settle a baking rivalry.” –Anne-Marie Seltzer, Arlington Advocate

“Pie contest glory! Best advice ever…” –Amy Rogers, WFAEats (and here’s a link to Amy’s essay about using the kit.)

“…In this compact little box, you will find a small handbook that packs a big punch, filled with pie-centric chapters, as well as tips and recipes from champion pie bakers (Black Bottom Peanut Butter Mousse Pie anyone?). The box also includes 12 pie toppers, 60 scorecards, five judge ribbons, and four prize ribbons. There are tons of contest theme possibilities: fruit pies, unusual ingredient pies, single flavor pies, meat pies, or pies that use only local ingredients. A pie contest is the perfect activity for your next family-get together, office party, or a night in with friends. Create some new memories—and recipes—and enjoy a slice (or five) of pie!” –Noelle A. DeMarco, Create & Decorate

“Sounds like fun!” –The Cookbook Man, Sarasota Pelican Press

“Pie Contest in a Box: Competitive Baking with a Soul” –Dan Shaw, Rural Intelligence

“…perfect summer cottage activity. Only thing missing is the pie.” –John Tanasychuk, Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel

“Now it’s your turn to put your pie where your mouth is with this clever pie book.” –Diane Cowen and Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle

“I admit, I raised my eyebrows when I unpacked a new gift item called Pie Contest In A Box…Second reaction: Oh, so what. This could be fun. I think I’ll actually use the contents of the box — score sheets, pie toppers, and ribbons — to liven up a contest this summer for my pie-baking kids, or maybe bring it along for a summer vacation with friends. But the handbook in the box is the part that seems the most useful…” –Rebekah Denn, Al Dente

“This sounds like a really fun way to spend a summer afternoon…” –Donna Maurillo,Santa Cruz Sentinel

“Ooohh one of my FAVORITE new items! Hot off the presses…Pie Contest in a Box! It includes everything you need to host a pie contest — what a fun tradition to start for summer!” –Ann Lopatin Cantrell of Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store in Brooklyn, New York

“Gina Hyams has put together a fabulous fun book/gift: Pie Contest in a Box: Everything You Need to Host a Pie Contest. There’s a great book inside, with recipes, pie history, and plenty of inspiration for gathering your friends together to see who can make the best pie. Plus, ribbons! And scorecards! This would be a great party.” –Shauna James Ahern, Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef

“So fun! …So, if you love pie…and parties…and contests…I think this is a fabulous kit to get you started.” –Heather, Girlichef.com

“Let’s have ribbons fluttering from the sky to all the great pies out there!…This is a truly fun-filled package, and includes the essential tools such as scorecards, flags to i.d. the pies, ribbons to identify judges, and ribbons to award. It would make a great gift for a baker, or a kid – what fun it would be for kids to hold a pie contest this summer! Or how about a pie contest as a neighborhood block party?” –Dorothy Reinhold, shockinglydelicious.com

“…could be incredibly useful wherever food markets, block parties, and 4-H fairs thrive.” –Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal

“Invite me! To be a judge. My favorite is strawberry-rhubarb. You win.” –Jane Feltes, The Hairpin

 


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