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How the Chili Party Got Started Back in the old days the faculty and staff, plus a few grad
 

Summary:  How the Chili Party Got Started
Back in the old days the faculty and staff, plus a few grad
students thrown in here and there, would have Christmas or
holiday luncheons. The women would have theirs, and the men
would have theirs, separately. Usually it would be at a local
restaurant.
The men's gathering was getting rather large and a bit of a chore
to organize. In 1979, it fell on the shoulders of CJ Solot, Carl
Czarniecki, Randy Lacey and Doug Caveney to organize the
luncheon. One lunch time prior to the Holiday some of the
group were eating lunch at the Depot Restaurant and it just so
happened that chili was ordered from the menu. A light went on
in their heads and they thought, why not a chili cookoff or
party? Doug had just visited his brother in Tucson, Arizona
where such things are very popular. And that is how it started.
Lou Meacham was the cook at the Depot and she was kind
enough to share her basic recipe. We have played with and
modified it over the years and a lot of people have added to the
flavor of the chili and the richness of the event.
On a cold windy day in the middle of December, 1979, a tripod

  

Source: Angenent, Lars T. - Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University

 

Collections: Renewable Energy; Engineering