Fest a cool, windy pleasure
Kapp Koncepts was proud to sponsor the first annual Dunwoody Fall Festival & Chili Cook-off. Below is an article from the October 27, 2009, Dunwoody Crier.
By Brent Adams
The first annual Dunwoody Fall Festival & Chili Cook-off appeared to be a major success for the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce as well as local business, with hundreds of people of all ages attending the event.
Held in the parking lots adjacent to the Walgreen’s on Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, just down the street from the Dunwoody Farmhouse and across the street from the Chamber of Commerce’s house, the festival appeared to have something for everyone. There were face-paintings, games to play, sweets to eat and hay rides for the younger ones; beer to drink and chili to judge for those of age; good food all around from restaurants and local church groups; and a diverse set of musicians all day to entertain the rest of the crowd.
In addition to the Dunwoody Police Department, members of the Dunwoody Police Explorers provided crowd control at the Festival.
Musical acts included the Dunwoody Elementary Fourth and Fifth Grade Chorus, Kidz Blitz, 50 Million Fables and Jimmy Anderson’s Blues Band.
The chili cook-off, the highlight of the event, had numerous entrants. Some groups had catchy and creative names, such as “Metalhead Chili,” “Dunwoody Baptist Bhutanese Refugee Chili,” “Mike’s Hard Chili,” “Jah Making Chili,” “Three Dog Chili,” “The Woodstock Wookees,” “Mountain Man Chili,” “Kick’n’ Cajun Chili,” and “Team Beer On.”
Other entrants included business, such as Flagstar Bank, Suntrust Bank, Edward Jones’ “Jones’n’ Chili,” Ravinia Club and RBC Bank. Sandy Springs City Council candidate Jim Squire also entered the contest, with his own “Council Chili.”
The chili cookers protected their secrets much like a Southerner protects his barbecue recipes. While most used propane or turkey fryers to heat their chili, every entrant had his or her own unique flavors. Some used only the finest beans and broth in their chili. Others used cured meats, such as pork, ham, chicken and the finest beefs. Still others found the right mix of cayenne and peppers to give their chili the right kick.
In the end, three judges, including chefs Brent Morris and Heyward Wescott, ruled that Flagstar Bank had the third-best chili, winning a $250 prize. “Metalhead chili” took second and a $500 prize. Finally, Ravinia Club won the overall award, winning a cool $1,000 check.
However, “Team Beer On” tallied the most votes, winning the People’s Choice Award, and a $500 check for their chili.
“Whole Notes” sponsors included Bill Grant Homes and The Dunwoody Crier. “Quarter Notes” included Anchors Chiropractic, Troy University, Reising Orthodontics, Regency Centers, Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Axis At Perimeter Apartments, Publix and Jimmy Anderson’s Blues Band.
Among the “Eighth Notes” sponsors were Costco, SunTrust Bank, Dunwoody Urgent Care, HeavenLee Balloon Creations, Michelob Amber Bock, Atlanta Production Resources and Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Tate.
And the “Harmony Level” sponsors were Dunwoody Urgent Care, EFS, Inc., Dan & Company Studios, Dunwoody Baptist Church, Kapp Koncepts, Dr. Troy Schulman, Tunde Akinyele for Judge, Primrose School, UPS Store-Georgetown, Netweb, Shaw Tent & Event Rental, Marcus JCC Atlanta and JustTrashIt.