J not Jay (justj) wrote in harrishothouse,
J not Jay


This year's Harris Hot House Chili Cook-Off & Guac-A-Thon is growing legs and is moving faster than I can keep up!!

There is so much going on around here, I feel like I am totally slacking on my Cook-Off duties this year, I may need some help from some of you old timers as far as answering questions for the newbies and general pimpin!!

I am totally behind on answering emails, please bare with me... Sometimes it's quicker to just txtmsg me (310.422.4213)... Most of the questions can be answered on HarrisHotHouse.com, especially on the FAQ page or in the two public forums (harrishothouse.livejournal.com for the LJ users and groups.myspace.com/harrishothouse for the myspacers).

A lot of people have been telling me that they are coming this year, that haven't RSVP'd... Please remember to visit the RSVP page even if you have told any of us you are coming... It is really important for us to keep a running total of guests/contestants for all kinds of logistical reasons...

It is super important to hear from those of you that are actually planning on entering any of the contests... Remember you can enter Chili, Guacamole, Salsa, Jello shooters or any combination of them all!! But we still need to know as far in advance as possible so please fill out the form on the RSVP page...

This year there also seems to be a lot of people wanting to build their own special booths... We will be out at Harris Hot House every weekend between now and the actual Cook-Off doing prep work... If you are planning on building a special booth, you may want to take advantage of one of these prep weekends to get a space and get pre-setup... Of course we always welcome any volunteers on prep weekends I know a few of you have been asking me how you can help... Basically if you want to help, just show up out there any weekend between now and the Cook-Off and we will put you to work!! Since there are so many people building 'real' booths this year, it's another reason we need you to RSVP and let us know about your booth so we can plan space for you...

I've been asked by a few people about tables and stuff... Really if you aren't making chili, and just making salsa/guac/jello you don't need a 'booth'... Most people just borrow space for a few mins from one of the bigger booths... We have quite a few folding tables that we can set up for you, but they will be first come first serve so if you have your own try to figure out how to bring it...

[tent city]

Like every other year we are going to rent motorhomes to caravan out from our house in Redondo Beach up to THE Cook-Off... If I was only a guest of this event, the motorhome would be THE ONLY way I would want to go! Not only for the ride up where you can drink and hang out, but once you get there it's a warm soft place to crash... Every year it seems like there are extra beds that don't get used, which I never understand cause the cost just isn't that much when it's divided up by the number of people that can sleep in it... Everyone that is interested in 'going in on' the price of the motorhomes to sleep in, lemme know ASAP so we can get a count... You don't have to 'go in' on it to be able to ride up with us on Friday... Also for those of you that are renting your own, I will ALWAYS recommend El Monte RV over any of the others... They just have the best coaches for the best prices over all... Maybe they will give us a discount if we rent enough of them?...

Will everyone that has ever won something at THE Cook-Off raise their hands? Or at least will someone tell me who all the past winners have been? I don't know why I don't have a master list, I suppose I could go back through all the pics and try to figure out who is winning what, but hopefully you guys can help remember!

Finally, remember that the best way to enjoy THE Cook-Off is to make a weekend out of it... There is so much going on that weekend it is hard to see it all... This year besides the actual Cook-Off on Saturday, there is going to be a really good Live band, Poker, Horseshoes, Beer Pong, Darts, Karaoke, Hot Tubbin, Swimming and of course plenty of partying!! Also no one that has ever stayed over for the huge breakfast Sunday morning has ever been disappointed, it's just about my favorite part of the whole weekend!!

I will try to do better at keeping you all updated, like I said life is crazy these days and is swamping me but I won't let it get in the way of making this year THE BEST COOK-OFF EVVVVVEEEEEERRRRRRRR~! ;)
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