Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tuesday at the Table

It all started innocently enough. We were out of espresso, and since we use it pretty much daily, we decided to walk up to the Starbucks near our home. Except between here and there, we saw a large crowd gathered underneath an umbrella-covered "garden" just outside Special Brews. It was a chili cook-off!
Well we hadn't eaten lunch yet, and gee whiz, who can ignore fun like that? So we paid the suggested donation, had our wrists tagged with neon bracelets, and joined in!
First up was a pretty expansive list of brews on tap - representative of each chili chef's brewery.
Then on to the chilis themselves.
In between tastes, I held down the fort at our table while hubby ventured off to get the next sample. Obviously, he was asking each chef what made their chili special, as each time he came back, he muttered a very brief description. Phrases like "5-chili", "porter-marinated tri-tip", "smoked brisket", "no meat", and "buffalo and peanut". Whoa. Interestingly enough, after an afternoon of voters spoke, the best chili and best beer honors went to Schofferhofer and their Grapefruit Radler.
So our routine outing took an unexpected twist. And we didn't mind a bit.


  1. You made my mouth water! Yum!

  2. Expresso, that explains how you get so much accomplished Debbie :)
    Sounds like a fun day and some of those Chilies sound yummy!

  3. I love an impromptu setting like that! Mmmmm...chili!

  4. Such fun! I need to track down that Grapefruit Radler.

  5. You always seem to find the best foodie diversions! If I wandered around here, the best I'd be likely to find would be an anaemic hotdog or a hockey puck like burger in the vans outside the football ground...

  6. That sounds like so much fun!! I love the unexpected like that. Leaves some of the best memories!

  7. Sounds like you had a great time!

    Grapefruit Radler?? Yum. You have the coolest things locally… :-)