Saturday, May 7, 2011

Petaluma Chili Cookoff, Salsa and Beer Tasting

Had extended an invitation to Jay and his girlfriend, Danielle, to meet us at 8:00am for breakfast at Black Bear Diner up in Rohnert Park. We were looking forward to meeting Danielle, but she wasn't able to make it. So, we had breakfast with Jay and then let him get on his way to help get their booth set up at the event.

We hung around the Sheraton and went over to the Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds around 12:30pm. Found a really great parking place less than 100 yards from the event venue. Our wonderful son had tickets for us at "will call". We entered the venue and immediately found the Petaluma Poultry booth (our son works for Petaluma Poultry). Not only that, we found both Jay and Danielle.

We were delighted to find that Danielle, like Jay, sports a nice handlebar mustache! (Just kidding). We tasted lots of different chilis, salsas and beers. Just after 1:30pm we also to go meet Danielle's parents, Bob and Penny. This was also Jay's first time to meet Danielle's mom and dad. What Danielle didn't know was that we had snagged Bob's email address more than a week earlier from one of her posts. We took it on ourselves to email him and he sent us a slew of factoids about Danielle.

While Jay was working at the booth we had a nice visit with Danielle and her parents. They are very nice and lots of fun. We thoroughly enjoyed our time spent with them. Unfortunately, they had to leave around 3pm to go to a dinner engagement. We left soon after and went back to the motel. John was hankering for a steak and made a reservation at Cattleman's. We had a nice dinner there. John got his steak and Linda had a nice salmon dinner.

Jay's company won first place in the chili cookoff and Jay won second place for his pineapple salsa. They were very happy with the results.

It had turned cold and windy in the afternoon. It was easy to fall asleep with our full tummies. Fannie Mae spent her second night on the bet with us. She likes to cuddle up by Linda as she doesn't care much for my noisy CPAP mask hissing and blowing.

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