Upstate Area Drive & Dine
September 14, 2013
By John Budinich
Photographs by Peter Wrenn and John Budinich
Calm Before the Storm
Calm Before the Storm

The annual Protech Chili Cook Off was held on Saturday, February 1st at Protech Motorsports in Greenville. Bill and Frank Gerwig of Protech hosted the eagerly anticipated event and again there was a great turnout. This year there were over 75 people in attendance and everyone had a great time. Not only did Bill and Frank make the shop available to us, they provided the soft drinks, water, utensils and paper plates.

Chili Pots Await
Chili Pots Await
Time to Dig In
Time to Dig In

Now lets get to the particulars. There were about 24 pots of chili entered in the judging, ranging from mild to wild. This year there were many varieties of chili, including beef and chicken. In addition to the chili, we had a judging category for desserts with 12 entries. Attendees also brought various appetizers (the crab dip was my favorite) to share among the guests. Thanks go to all the entrants and those who brought appetizers for bringing a great variety of tasty food. I can assure you no one went home hungry.

Sweet Tooth Anyone
Sweet Tooth Anyone

After all the votes were tabulated, it was time to recognize the winners. As always, the voting was close as it was up to individual taste. In the chili category, the first three places were separated by three votes. The dessert category was not as close, as there appeared to be a clear favorite in this category. I guess adding rum to your desert helps sway a few votes. Everyone agreed the food is getting better and better every year.

Resident DJ
Resident DJ

We first thanked Bill & Frank Gerwig for their ongoing support of the Carolinas Region PCA and its members and for hosting this event each year. We know they put a great deal of effort into clearing out the shop in order to host such a large event. The new four-post alignment rack made a great table for all of the chili pots. This year they also had a DJ on hand to keep things moving.

Our Winners and Hosts
Our Winners and Hosts
Winning_Dessert
Winning Dessert

And now it's time to announce the winners. The winner in the dessert category was Alex Galloway for his very tasty, and rum spiked, Chocolate Rum Tartelette. As for the main event, the group photo accompanying this report shows the chili winners. They are Gail Galloway, 3rd Place, Joel Brunet, 2nd Place, and the 1st Place winner and Chili Cook Off Champion for 2013, Shane Tisdale. Shane has been a regular chili entrant throughout the years. Congratulations to Shane on his win and to all of our winners. Finally, thank you to all of those who participated by bringing chili, appetizers and deserts to be judged, or just by coming to eat, talk and have a good time.

Additional photos from the event can be found on the Carolinas-PCA.com and the ProtechMotorsports.com websites. Enjoy.

Until next year...