We wished a fond farewell to ICB’s 20’s in a grand fashion!  13 chilis and 60 guests made for a warm and sunny party on a decidedly chilly (yeah, pun intended) March evening. Thanks to our hosts, forever Team Alpha, for once again opening their home to this lunacy.

We introduced a new category and prize this year, called ICB Next Gen.  The idea was to bring more of our younger guests into the tasting and voting, without overwhelming them with all the categories and choices.  They got a special ballot:


What could be simpler, yes? Well, Judy’s brainchild was a big hit, and we added a dozen new votes from the generation destined to take the reins of this affair one day.

There was one other first this last year of the party’s 20’s. We had a prize with an official sponsor.  One day last year, while shopping the West Side Farmer’s Market in Cleveland, Maureen was telling the folks at Rust Belt Pepper Company about our annual event, and they offered to contribute their relish if we would include them as a party sponsor. So, check them out here.  Their stuff is VERY tasty.

Next year marks the 30th anniversary and we’ve already started thinking of how to celebrate in style. More to come following the annual summer meeting of the rules committee.  In the meantime, start working on your new recipes!

     — Ian and Judy

Most Appealing Appearance 
Vegan Veggie Chili from Well Good FB Feed 8am Today! - Chili Chef: Angie Lama

Most Fragrant Bouquet
(sponsored this year by Rust Belt Pepper Co.)
Louisiana Maque Choux Chili - Chili Chef: Ken Gotlib

Most Blistering Heat
This one is for my gurl Eleven - Chili Chef: Matt Amon

Most Curious Combination
Seriously Syrian - Chili Chef: Gary Craft

Most Unabashedly Trendy 
Who's Pulling My Pork? Chili - Chili Chef: Michael & Corey Berman

ICB Grand Champion 
This one is for my gurl Eleven - Chili Chef: Matt Amon

ICB People’s Choice 
Numby Nummy Ma Po Chili - Chili Chef: Cory Weiss

ICB Competing Chefs

Chili Bo Peep - Chili Chef:  David Benjamin

Hot and Spicy - Chili Chef: Lisa Dessau

Wasted Away Again Margarita Chili - Chili Chef: Gail Agensky 

Uncle Seamus’s Definitely Not Squirrel Chili - Chili Chef: Kyle Bernstein and Aaron Cincinatus

Poultrified - Chili Chef: Jeff and Carol Close 

Mi Hermana Tailandesa - Chili Chef: Jacob Morrow

Mirkwood Mushroom Chili - Chili Chef: Cory Amon

And, it wouldn’t be complete without the party in pictures and music!…

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