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A few helpful tips to throw a fabulous chili cook-off


Date Created: 01/12/2012


A few helpful tips to throw a fabulous chili cook-off. With the mercury dipping all around the country, now is the perfect time of year for comfort food. If you've been mulling over prospects for your next winter party, holding a chili cook-off could be a wonderful way to enjoy your favorite seasonal foods and let your guests show off their culinary prowess. However, holding a party this size that is centered primarily around food will require its fair share of preparations. Keep the following tips in mind to help your bash go off without a hitch.

1. Toppings. Even the most delectable chili will be sold short without the appropriate toppings to go on it, so make it your obligation to provide plenty of them for your guests. A selection of Mexican shredded cheeses like cheddar and Monterey Jack is a great starting point, so make sure you have plenty of it on your serving table. Green onions are another wonderful addition to a bowl of chili, so chop them up into tiny pieces so your guests can sprinkle some on top.

2. Catering supplies. With a wide selection of entries from your guests, you'll need a means of keeping everything warm. While you can keep many of the pots of chili on low-heat on your stove, consider renting a few compact butane burners. You should also have a good supply of party tableware, small bowls and plastic silverware near your serving table to let your guests serve themselves.

3. Party decorations. This is a chili cook-off, so your bash needs to reflect the festive nature of the occasion! Use some colorful gossamer paper to dress up a bare wall, then fill in the gaps with colorful streamers and mylar balloons. You can even sprinkle some confetti on your serving table to give the space a vibrant punch. Lastly, be sure to hand out small cards that will allow your guests to rate each chili - you can then give a small prize to the winner who will have this year's title of the best chili chef!

By utilizing these winter party supplies and making a few advanced preparations, your chili cook-off will be a fun and enjoyable time for you and your friends. Who knows, you may just gain a few new recipes out of the deal!


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