Sunday, January 30, 2011
Krewe of Junkanoo Chili Cook-off
The Krewe of Junkanoo held their Chili Cook-off at the Sandshaker yesterday afternoon. This year the Mystic Krewe of Nereids, an all-female krewe, made their presence known! Elaine Mitchell (above), our Krewe co-chairman, oversees the table preparations.
Our entry was Cowpoke Carl's Cowgirl Chili (C4!) and all the Nereids wore their finest cowgirl attire.
The Chili Cook-off has become an annual fundraising event for the Krewe of Junkanoo and the afternoon also included several raffles, a 50-50 contest, presentation of their new royalty, and much more.
Nancy Kittel models the 'breast-plates' and beads many of the Junkanoo were wearing (and selling) yesterday.
Marilyn LeNormand, one of the founding members of the Mystic Krewe of Nereids travels all the way from Mobile, Alabama during the Mardi Gras season for krewe events. Amazing how such a tiny little thing can have such big heart. She's also a Master Gardener with her own landscaping company!
Elaine Mitchell and other Nereids work on decorating their table and setting up bowls of chili toppings.
Yikes! It's three chili bandidas! Lila Cox, Judy L'Oignon, and yours truly.
Uh oh, this little fellow evidently stumbled upon someone who dwindled to a skeleton while waiting for this year's chili cook-off to begin.
An impostor on the prowl for the best chili on the beach.
Cowpoke Carl (my hubby and chef for the Nereids), stands sentry before the tasting begins.
Little Ms. Peggy Henshall, our own Annie Oakley, right down to her six-shooter.
Paulette Provost! What a treasure she is - multi-krewe royalty with a Cajun flair. We love her!
Cowpoke Carl surrounded with his Cowgirls and Chili.
And guess who won!!!! Yep, Cowpoke Carl's Cowgirl Chili took home first place and bragging rights to the best chili on Pensacola Beach!