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By Toni Bowen, ABR | Broker in Ennis, MT

Ennis Montana's 25th Annual Hunters Feed and Chili Cook Off

The 25th Annual Ennis Hunters Feed held all up and down Main Street on Friday, October 22, was a big success.  The weather was absolutely perfect and nearly 30 participants were offering up all kinds of wild game dishes for tasting.  There was no head count, but our table served up 400 little tasting cups of my Tequila Elk Chili between 3 and 5 PM.  That represents 6 batches of chili and lots of Tequila!  But alas, the Chili Verde prepared by the Trading Post won this year.  We never get to taste the other dishes as we’re so busy serving up our own, but I’m sure it was delicious.  The Hunters Feed is a lot of fun, but it is also a lot of work. I spend most of Wednesday before the Hunters Feed on Friday, preparing.  My friend Kim comes over to help me chop all the onions, green peppers, jalapeno peppers and garlic for the chili.  Three large pots simmer on the stove for 6 to 7 hours and the whole house smells like chili for days!  And I have no appetite for it for quite some time.  Our secret strategy is spritzing the tops of the chili cups with Tequila as we hand them the cup.  The hunters especially get a big kick out of that and want a spray in their mouths!


 Here I am, Toni Bowen, getting ready to spray some Tequila on this lady's chili! 

But I think I’m going to hang up my spurs.  It’s been a long run that I look forward to each year and am so glad when it is all over.  But my recipe is on our website (www.arrowreal.com)  under the Wild Woman Cookbook, so you can make your own!


By Thebeek,  Tue Nov 2 2010, 13:41
Thank you so much for sharing your recipe with all of us, Toni. That's my friend, Barbara Pierce, to whom you are serving your great chili - and me in the purple (looking oh so "big enough") - greeting Pam and Rick Lessner (his back is to us). It's a great "shot" of you giving Barb a "shot" of Tequila. Fun! Happy and speedy healing to you, my dear friend and neighbor. We're here - if you need anything. Just give a holler!
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