The Tartan Hills Village 1st Annual Chili Cook Off in Review

The Tartan Hills Village 1st Annual Chili Cook Off in Review 

The Tartan Hills Village 1st Annual Chili Cook Off was held on October 6, 2012 at the Braemar Clubhouse.  The weather threatened the accompanying cookout that was to happen on the large patio that adjoins the clubhouse.  Thankfully, the worst we had to deal with was the wind.  Luckily we had plenty of food to hold down the tablecloths on the outdoor buffet, which included hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad and a variety of chips.

Inside we had three chili cooks show up with five chilis to be judged between them.  I wish I would’ve thought to take a picture of each bowl of chili, but I was too excited to taste them.  There was one that was a real face-melter.  Just a spoonful and my mouth started the ride of the slow burn of the ghost pepper contained inside.

With thirty two votes, we had a clear winner:  a sweet and savory chili whose secret ingredient was brown sugar. 

While the main attraction was the chili, the secondary attraction was the cake that we ordered from Drama Mama Cakes.  Chocolate cake with butter cream icing made to look like a hay bale.  And individual cakes in the shapes of pumpkins on top with fondant leaves to spruce up the hay bale.

Good food in the presence of good company is always a treat.  And what made this extra special was the opportunity to get to know more of the residents of Tartan Hills Village in Braemar.  Thanks to everyone who participated and made this a great party.  I can’t wait to do it again next year.


Braemar’s Halloween Spooktacular, 2011

The 2011 Braemar Halloween Spooktacular is scheduled for Saturday, October 29th from Noon-2pm.  It will be held at the Braemar Clubhouse, located at 12300 Iona Sound Drive. 

The main event at the Braemar Halloween Spooktacular is a costume parade and contest for the kids.  Judging of the costumes takes place DURING the parade, so don’t be late because the parade kicks off the event.

After the parade there will be a magic show and light refreshments.  And I am personally happy to be sponsoring the event and offering a free Trick-Or-Treat bag to every child that attend.  It’s highly reflective and has a few safety reminders to keep the kids safe. 

Remember, if you want to enter the costume contest, plan to be there for the parade which will kick off the event.

Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker-Licensed in VA, Long & Foster REALTORS®