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    CHILI COOKOFF

  1. If you want to compete, how do you enter and make it known you're competing?
  2. What is a good time to show up if you aren't competing?
  3. What do you need to bring if you are competing?
  4. How much does it cost to compete?
  5. What are the rules of the cook-off for both chili and guac?
  6. How do I become a judge?
  7. How does the judging work?
  8. If I'm coming from out of town, will it be possible to buy chili ingredients on the day of the cook-off?


  9. GENERAL

  10. Where is Phelan?
  11. What are the times and date?
  12. Do I have to cook?
  13. Where can I stay?
  14. What should I bring if I want to stay the night?
  15. How should I dress/what's the weather like up there that time of year?
  16. What else should I bring?
  17. Can I bring friends/Grandparents?
  18. Are children welcome?
  19. Is there anything else to eat for potentially chili-phobic children?
  20. Can I bring my dog?
  21. How else can I help?
  22. How Do I RSVP?


If you want to compete, how do you enter and make it known you're competing?

It is pretty easy to enter. You can pre-register, or at least let us know your intent to enter by filling out this form. You can also send an email to Johnathan.

On the day of the Cook-Off you will be able to register and sign in.

More info can be found on the rules page.

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What is a good time to show up if you aren't competing??

Check-in is at 9:00am on October 12th, 2013 we ask that you try to get there as close to on time as possible to make the rest of the day run smoothly

This and more info can be found on the rules page.

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What do you need to bring if you are competing?

Please supply your own cooking equipment ie: Pots, pans, spoons, camp stove, knives, propane, table (if possible), etc... And remember to bring something to take home leftovers. You are welcome to bring any side dishes that compliment chili and guacamole such as chips, crackers, cheese, corn bread etc... And of course drinks. We welcome and encourage any booths, decorations or themes that you want to decorate your area with. There will be prizes for 'best booth'. If you are coming from out of town, we have some extra supplies that we can loan you on a first come first serve basis. Let us know if you need some help and we will see what we can do.
This and more info can be found on the rules page.

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How much does it cost to compete?

We ask that everyone entering the contest, contribute $15 to go towards the prizes (of course additional contributions will be accepted)

This more info can be found on the rules page.

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What are the rules of the cook-off for both chili and guac?

All forms of chili are allowed with NO restrictions on ingredients or style. The same goes for the Guac-a-thon all forms of Guacamole are allowed with NO restrictions on ingredients or style. To prevent waste and storage issues please plan on making approximately two gallons of chili All food must be cooked onsite, meat and veggies can be precut but all the cooking must be done between 11am and 3pm on the 12th. Judging will be held at approximately 3:30pm on the 12th, there will be two categories, one will be JUDGE'S choice, and the second will be PEOPLE'S CHOICE. This and more info can be found on the rules page.

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How do I become a judge?

Six judges are chose at random by the 'Head' judge from the guests the day of the cook-off.

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How does the judging work?

The 'Judge's Choice' Contest judging is 'double blind'. Each booth is given a cup to put their chili in. The Head judge draws letters at random, and assigns them to booth numbers. The only person that knows which letters correspond to which booths is the head judge. The panel of judges then ranks each chili on a scale of 1-5 (5 being best) in several categories. The votes are then tallied up, and the chili with the highest total points wins, awards go to first, second and third.

The 'People's Choice' contest is judged by the guests. They are given a chance to sample all the contestants, and then choose the favorite. The top three choices take first, second and third.

Ties are broken by a tie-breaker determined prior to the contest.

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If I'm coming from out of town, will it be possible to buy chili ingredients on the day of the cook-off?

There is a store about a mile from The Hot House. You are welcome to make your purchases from that store. There are also several other choices within 20 minutes of The Hot House.

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Where is Phelan?

Phelan is a small desert town in San Bernardino county California. It is roughly a little more than an hour drive northeast from LA. It is basically between Wrightwood and Victorville, or where Highway 138 crosses Interstate 15.

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What are the times and date?

October 12th, 2013, from 10:00am - whenever... You are welcome to come up on the 11th and stay till the 13th. (This is what the majority of people do)

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Do I have to cook?

Nope, you can come and have just as good a time as a guest... but of course we encourage you to enter the contest to have the most fun.

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Where can I stay?

There are many options for staying over night, you can find all the info on the 'stay' page.

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What should I bring if I want to stay the night?

This of course depends on what option you choose on staying, so I point you to the 'stay' page again. In reality, the minimum you need is a blanket and a toothbrush.

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How should I dress/what's the weather like up there that time of year?

At that time of year, it can still be pretty warm during the day, but it definitely cools off at night, so you will want a sweatshirt for sure. You may want to look at some of the pictures from past years to see what people were wearing then.

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What else should I bring?

You can bring anything you want. Food and drinks are the first thing that come to mind, but you could also bring games and entertainment also. Anything you can think of that would add to the environment.

There is also a pool and a hot tub, so be sure to bring a suit if necessary and towel so you can take a dip.

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Can I bring friends/Grandparents?

You are welcome to bring anyone you want, try to let us know as best you can how will be with you by filling out the RSVP page or sending an email to Johnathan.

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Are children welcome?

As The Cook Off progresses during the day, more and more alcohol is consumed. Even the most mature adults can act irresponsibly and in ways that may not be appropriate for children. Because of this we request you not to bring your kids younger than 18 (other than infants). If there is some reason you must bring your kids, please let us know and understand that you are responsible for their behavior, and for whatever acts of foolishness they may witness.

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Is there anything else to eat for potentially chili-phobic?

There never seems to be a shortage of other food, but if there is something you know your chili-phobic 'friend' really likes, you may want to bring it.

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Can I bring my dog?

We are absolute pet lovers at The Hot House, so of course we would love for you to be able to bring your dogs. Unfortunately for the safety and the sanity of both people and our animals, we can not allow you to bring your own dogs.

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How else can I help?

There is a list of ways to help out on the donate page, it's not all about money there are several other ways to help out!

One of the biggest ways to help at this point, is to let us know you are coming as soon as you can by RSVP'ing.

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How Do I RSVP?

You can do it on the RSVP page, or by sending an email to Johnathan, or call Johnathan @ 310.422.4213

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Any other questions can be answered by sending an email to Johnathan.

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