Appalachian Chili Cook-off in Review

Appalachian Chili Cook-off in Review

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. (November 7, 2011) A misty morning welcomed chili cookers for the 2nd Annual Appalachian Chili Cook-off at The Lodge at Copperhead, Blairsville on Saturday, November 5, 2011.

Chili Cookers arrived early to set-up their booths on the famed wrap-around porch.   A cloud mist giving a mystic feel to the morning’s activities added to the intrigue of the event. The outdoor fireplace was lit reflecting a red and orange glow as contestants warmed themselves with a cup of coffee before beginning the competition.  An easy comrade developed between chili cookers as they squared-off for the competition.

Chili lovers and music aficionados strolled the porch sampling and voting for their favorite chili while listening to “Neighborhood Watch” a young and upcoming blues band.  The Autumn day temperature reached a high of 64 degrees to the delight of attendees.  By mid-afternoon, Chili judges arrived to sample and determine the best Appalachian Mountain Chili in the non-professional and professional categories through a double blind taste-testing.

The winners were as follows:  The backyard, non-professional team winner was Rapid Robert’s Gourmet Chili, Blairsville. The professional team winner and People’s Choice Award was presented to the Team Chef for Greenside Grill, Chatuge Shores Golf Course, Hayesville, North Carolina.  This award included cash and the Copper Spoon Award.  The overall winner, “The Best Chili in the Appalachians,” was Rangers Chili Team, Dahlonega, Ga.  The Team Chef, Alec Carlson was presented a gift certificate for a weekend stay – The Lodge at Copperhead.

Overall Winner - Rangers Chili, Dahlonega, GA

Winner: Professional Chef Team & People's Choice Awards: Greenside Grill, Chatuge Shores Golf Course, Hayesville, NC

Michelle Evans, Spokesperson for the Lodge, said “We appreciate all the chili teams who participated in this year’s event.”  “Each team cooked outstanding Chili that everyone enjoyed making it another fun day in the mountains of North Georgia.”  The Lodge at Copperhead thanks the judges for their difficult reviews and the general public for attending this year’s event.  This annual event was sponsored by Budweiser.  For information about upcoming events:

About The Resort:  The Lodge at Copperhead offers guests an unexpected boutique experience in the mountains of North Georgia, which is in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains.  The Lodge infuses its intimate setting with the rustic high country style throughout the forty plus acre resort.  The 12,500 square foot Lodge has 11 beautifully appointed guest rooms, Grand Hall, Full Service Restaurant and Bar, plus the wrap-around porch. The resort also offers visitors cozy cabins to relish their privacy.  The Lodge at Copperhead is a destination resort with savory restaurant offering inventive cuisine and weekly special events.   For more information, call 706-835-7433, visit the website:, “Like” us on Facebook, and follow on Twitter @LodgeCH.


Up-coming Music Events

Everything is better in the mountains of North Georgia.  Explore the area and enjoy the resort’s many amenities.  As the sun sets, kick-back with some great food and your favorite cocktails to enjoy the evening’s entertainment.  You have arrived at “The Fun Place” in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia.

August 20, 6-10pm – Country Singer, Michael S. Kennedy – Get ready to do the boot skooten boogie to your favorite country songs.  Michael has opened for Vince Gill and Chris Young and recently performed at the Goin’ Low-Country for Alzheimers sponsored by the Georgia Chapter, Alzheimers Assocation.  The event was hosted by The Lodge at Copperhead.

August 27, 6-10pm – Fedora Blues Band – Get ready to dance to the rockin’ Fedora Blues Band.  Chicago style blues done up right.  Visit your favorite thrift store and buy LP Cover.  Cover Charge: Dress to match the cover for a bluesy night on the porch.


Labor Day Weekend Celebration- September 2, 4pm-September 5, 11am – A kick-in end to the Summer with our marathon Flashback Labor Day Events.

Fun on the porch, with lots of great singers and dancers, starts at 6:59 p.m. Friday night with “You Can Be The Star” Karaoke – 60’s & 70’s style.

Saturday Morning Adventure – Fill the raft for heart-pounding whitewater adventure just $32 – Reserve package

September 3, 6-10pm – The BacTracs – ‘60’s & ‘70’s Party – It’s a groovy kind of love band.  You can win a prize man by styling like in ‘60’s -70’s. Get ready for reflections from the past with music from The Hollies & The Kinks, Credence Clearwater Revival, Marmalade, The Turtles…Byrds… and Youngbloods.  The BacTracs Band –Facebook

We will finish up our 60’s & 70,s Weekend party, with a Party at the pool.  So call (706-835-7433) or go online for your Reservations.  Don’t miss this season’s finale.