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Scottie
12-17-2009, 12:12 PM
I am proud to annouce that we have worked out the details for the first cancersuckschicago.com BBQ class. This will be a 4 meat competition style class. A portion of your class fee can be used as a tax deductible donation for cancer research. I will not profit anything from doing this class If there is any monies leftover, it will be donated back to my foundation. Which is how I do it for my BBQ team as well.

The class will be held in Westmont, Illinois (my hometown and a suburb West of Chicago) on February 19th and 20th. My guess is it will start around 5:00 pm on Friday and break around 10:00 pm or so on Friday night. We will start back up again on Saturday morning at 7:00 am... Of course, everyone will get a good nights sleep, as that is the way of the pellet cooker! :roll: (But not just limited to pellet cookers!) We will have dinner on Friday and also breakfast on Saturday provided. We will also be able to eat the food that we cook for the class. I plan on doing it exactly how I cook competitions. Plenty of time for questions and answers will be built in.

I am also proud to announce a guest instructor at the class will be Mike Wozniak, who cooks as Quau on the circuit. Mike will instruct us on chicken. Mike has won multiple KCBS Team of the Year for his chicken cooking. Mike was also the first team to reach a perfect season in 2006 for KCBS Team of the Year Overall, which he eventually lost to Lotta Bull on tie breakers. For those that do not know Mike, he is beyond his time in cooking. He is probably one of the most innovative cooks that our circuit has. He beats his own drum when it comes to comp cooking. I am pleased that he accepted my invite to be an instructor.

About the only detail that I am working out is securing a block of rooms at a local hotel. I have a few sticks in the fire and will have that info available shortly.

I have saved a few PM's from the prior post of who has interest. If you want a Registration Form, please send me a PM or email me at scottie@cancersuckschicago.com. (I can forward the form starting tomorrow, as I am working from home today). We will have limited seating available, but hopefully that doesn't come into play.

On a personal note. I want to thank Nate Montover (monty3777) for pushing me over the edge to finally do this. I've been cooking BBQ for a few years and am excited to give some of this knowledge back to comp cooks. Many of you know that I am always willing to assist new teams or any team for that matter out on the circuit. This will give me an opportunity for me to use some of this knowledge that I have gained and give it back to my true callng. Raising money for cancer research and to assist those that are fighting this horrible disease. BBQ is a hobby that I use to benefit my foundation.

For those that don't know my story. My wife, Corliss passed away from complications from cancer in 2003. She was only 40 years old. Our youngest daughter, Lexi was not quite 2 years old and my oldest, Zoe was 5 years old. This Febraury will be our 7th anniversary since Corliss was taken from us. I feel it is good mojo to do it in February.... As 7 is my lucky number... My BBQ team donates all profits back to the 501c(3) foundation that I started in Corliss' memory. After this year, our foundation will have donated over $150,000 dollars for cancer research and to assist those that are fighting cancer.

Much of that support has come directly from BBQr's like yourself. I've made many friends from across this country in our quest to reach all corners of our great states cooking BBQ. (so far our list is at 24 states that we have competed) Why do I do it? Hopefully some day, my daughters will look back and not tell me that they don't remember their mommy. But will instead tell me that they really do know who their mommy was and what she represented from what we have done and accomplished in competitive BBQ.

Thank you for your time.

Cancer Sucks!

Scottie Johnson

ique
12-17-2009, 02:21 PM
Good call on bringing in the chicken ringer. :wink:

Good luck with your class Scottie!

Jorge
12-17-2009, 02:29 PM
I wish I could attend. I already have something scheduled on that date that is for another worthy cause, or I would be there. I've supported Scottie's foundation for a couple of years now. The lack of overhead alone had me convinced that it was worthy of my contribution. A class with a Jack winner, and the inventor of the chicken lollipop, w/the $ going to fund cancer research? No brainer.

indianagriller
12-17-2009, 03:15 PM
Email sent... looking forward to this

monty3777
12-17-2009, 03:29 PM
I'm in!

goodsmokebbq
12-17-2009, 03:46 PM
Best of luck with the class, really wish I could make it!

Butcher BBQ
12-17-2009, 04:28 PM
This should be a wonderful class. Scottie you should try a satellite class for Stillwater this year.

Scottie
12-17-2009, 04:37 PM
This should be a wonderful class. Scottie you should try a satellite class for Stillwater this year.



I can only cook ribs and pork in Stillwater. They spit out my chicken and brisket!!! :)

Rich Parker
12-17-2009, 05:28 PM
I am in! - PM sent

ThomEmery
12-17-2009, 06:26 PM
This should be a wonderful class. Scottie you should try a satellite class for Stillwater this year.

Is that a suburb of Vegas?

Butcher BBQ
12-17-2009, 07:08 PM
Is that a suburb of Vegas?

Not sure witch Vegas your speaking of, but The one I'm thinking of is just out of OKC.

ThomEmery
12-17-2009, 07:54 PM
I was thinking of the faster one in NV not the one outside OKC :)

Scottie
12-18-2009, 03:48 PM
For those that are wanting a Registration Form, I am an idiot and don't know how to attach in a PM. If I can even do it. just send me an email at scottie@cancersuckschicago.com and I can get one out to you.

Thanks

Rich Parker
01-04-2010, 06:55 PM
Registration form sent.

Looking forward to meeting you all and learning all of Scottie's secrets next month. :cool:

Captian Dan
01-05-2010, 01:16 AM
I'll be there! Looking forward to it. Still hoping for the motel info soon.
:wink:

Capt Dan.

Scottie
01-05-2010, 06:57 AM
Hotel info will go out today. Got a real good rate and also a couple other options if you so choose.

The regsistration has been real good so far. Just making final orders for some goody bag stuff. Sponsors are all stepping up as well. Even will (should) have a debut item! Cookshack has also said that if folks order a FEC, they will knock off 10%. If enough folks are interested, we could also do a pellet order.

Thanks all. I'll have to have my A-game for the weekend! ;)


Scottie

ThomEmery
01-05-2010, 07:59 AM
Sounds like this is a winner
How many open spots remain?

Scottie
01-05-2010, 11:06 AM
Sounds like this is a winner
How many open spots remain?


Well. I was envisioning 20-25... So if I follow that, not many! But I am going to go check out my location, so I can get a better idea of layout. I was told I would be an idiot if I closed off enrollment for a fundraiser... I respect that top cooks opinion... Even if he did call me an idiot! :roll:

So being the best politician that I can be.... I will get back with you after checking my sources!

BTW Thom. I am working with my PR gal. Wait until you see the goody bag give-away that I will be buying for all the students. As you have a couple of my promo stuff that she has done...

Scottie

ThomEmery
01-05-2010, 04:33 PM
Well. I was envisioning 20-25...

BTW Thom. I am working with my PR gal. Wait until you see the goody bag give-away that I will be buying for all the students. As you have a couple of my porno stuff that she has done...

Scottie

Excuse me?

Ohhhhhhhhh promo Yes I love the raincoat

Bones
01-06-2010, 01:30 PM
Hotel info will go out today. Got a real good rate and also a couple other options if you so choose.

The regsistration has been real good so far. Just making final orders for some goody bag stuff. Sponsors are all stepping up as well. Even will (should) have a debut item! Cookshack has also said that if folks order a FEC, they will knock off 10%. If enough folks are interested, we could also do a pellet order.

Thanks all. I'll have to have my A-game for the weekend! ;)


Scottie

I hope you have your A+ game.

Scottie
02-17-2010, 10:01 AM
I just wanted to thank all the Brethren that will be coming and supporting this special BBQ class. I am proud to announce that the class has officially sold out. I did take a couple extra that pushed me over my numbers. But in reality, we will have raised over $13k for cancer research and to assist those that are fighting this terrible disease.

So I want to thank the Brethren, Mike and Beth Wozniak, **** *** BBQ Sauce, The ********** *****, ******' **** BBQ, ****'* ******* *******, ***********.com, C********, ********* ****, ***** ******** *****, Uncle Bub's BBQ and lastly the cancersuckschicago.com BBQ team for the donations made to this event.

Some names were redacted to protect those that are coming to the class.... :twisted:

Peteg
02-17-2010, 10:30 AM
Looking forward to it Scottie, should be a fun weekend.
Pete

Rich Parker
02-17-2010, 12:06 PM
I am so excited - 2 days left. This is also my first trip to Chicago so I hope my GPS is right.

Weather looks nice for the weekend.

Feb 19 Friday
Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the low 30s and lows in the low 20s.

Feb 20 Saturday
A few snow showers. Highs in the low 30s and lows in the upper teens.

monty3777
02-17-2010, 02:18 PM
I don't know what I am looking forward to the most, legalized shigging or meeting a bunch of the Brethren. Either way - I'm ready!!

trohrs123
02-17-2010, 06:02 PM
anybody getting in thursday night...the wife and I are flying in from NY and will be in town by 7pm. would like to gett together with some brethren thursday evening ...maybe some lou malnati's or other deep dish pizza?:-D

Rich Parker
02-17-2010, 06:05 PM
$13k WOW...that is amazing

bbqbull
02-17-2010, 06:07 PM
Im very glad you had a huge sucessfull class and dontated a huge amount of money to your cause Scottie.
God bless you!

Ron_L
02-17-2010, 06:28 PM
anybody getting in thursday night...the wife and I are flying in from NY and will be in town by 7pm. would like to gett together with some brethren thursday evening ...maybe some lou malnati's or other deep dish pizza?:-D

Are you staying at the Clubhouse Inn on Thursday night? There isn't any of the classic Chicago deep dish places very close to the hotel. Maybe Scottie can recommend something. There is a Connies Pizza (http://www.conniespizza.com/) on Ogden Avenue in Westmont that is close. i haven't been there in years but it used to be good.

The closest Malnati's full service restaurant is probably Naperville (http://www.loumalnatis.com/Locations/Details.aspx?ID=20), about 9 miles west of the hotel.

Now.. If you are interested in something else, there are a couple of very good restaurants in Westmont, but not classic Chicago stuff.

Bohemian Crystal (http://www.bohemiancrystal.net/) - Just off of Ogden Ave in Westmont. I think this is ne of the best eastern european restaurants in this area. Great food, large portions and relatively inexpensive.

Chinese Kitchen (http://www.yelp.com/biz/chinese-kitchen-westmont) - a couple of miles south on Cass Avenue from Odgen. As the name implies, chinese, but good chinese. I couldn't find a web site so I linked to the Yelp review page

Katy's Dumpling House (http://www.yelp.com/biz/katys-dumpling-house-westmont) - In a strip mall on Cass Avenue just south of Odgen. It is a small place but good dim sum. I couldn't find a web site so I linked to the Yelp reviews.

I'm not sure if I can get away or not, but if you end up at Malnati's in Naperville I may be able to sneak over for a bit, but don't base your decision on me. I'll PM my cell number just in case you need someone local.

Rich Parker
02-17-2010, 07:23 PM
Are you staying at the Clubhouse Inn on Thursday night? There isn't any of the classic Chicago deep dish places very close to the hotel. Maybe Scottie can recommend something. There is a Connies Pizza (http://www.conniespizza.com/) on Ogden Avenue in Westmont that is close. i haven't been there in years but it used to be good.

The closest Malnati's full service restaurant is probably Naperville (http://www.loumalnatis.com/Locations/Details.aspx?ID=20), about 9 miles west of the hotel.

Now.. If you are interested in something else, there are a couple of very good restaurants in Westmont, but not classic Chicago stuff.

Bohemian Crystal (http://www.bohemiancrystal.net/) - Just off of Ogden Ave in Westmont. I think this is ne of the best eastern european restaurants in this area. Great food, large portions and relatively inexpensive.

Chinese Kitchen (http://www.yelp.com/biz/chinese-kitchen-westmont) - a couple of miles south on Cass Avenue from Odgen. As the name implies, chinese, but good chinese. I couldn't find a web site so I linked to the Yelp review page

Katy's Dumpling House (http://www.yelp.com/biz/katys-dumpling-house-westmont) - In a strip mall on Cass Avenue just south of Odgen. It is a small place but good dim sum. I couldn't find a web site so I linked to the Yelp reviews.

I'm not sure if I can get away or not, but if you end up at Malnati's in Naperville I may be able to sneak over for a bit, but don't base your decision on me. I'll PM my cell number just in case you need someone local.

Thanks for the info!

I might need some good Chinese carbs on Saturday after all of that meat. :biggrin:

trohrs123
02-17-2010, 07:40 PM
Are you staying at the Clubhouse Inn on Thursday night? There isn't any of the classic Chicago deep dish places very close to the hotel. Maybe Scottie can recommend something. There is a Connies Pizza (http://www.conniespizza.com/) on Ogden Avenue in Westmont that is close. i haven't been there in years but it used to be good.

The closest Malnati's full service restaurant is probably Naperville (http://www.loumalnatis.com/Locations/Details.aspx?ID=20), about 9 miles west of the hotel.

Now.. If you are interested in something else, there are a couple of very good restaurants in Westmont, but not classic Chicago stuff.

Bohemian Crystal (http://www.bohemiancrystal.net/) - Just off of Ogden Ave in Westmont. I think this is ne of the best eastern european restaurants in this area. Great food, large portions and relatively inexpensive.

Chinese Kitchen (http://www.yelp.com/biz/chinese-kitchen-westmont) - a couple of miles south on Cass Avenue from Odgen. As the name implies, chinese, but good chinese. I couldn't find a web site so I linked to the Yelp review page

Katy's Dumpling House (http://www.yelp.com/biz/katys-dumpling-house-westmont) - In a strip mall on Cass Avenue just south of Odgen. It is a small place but good dim sum. I couldn't find a web site so I linked to the Yelp reviews.

I'm not sure if I can get away or not, but if you end up at Malnati's in Naperville I may be able to sneak over for a bit, but don't base your decision on me. I'll PM my cell number just in case you need someone local.


thanks for the info:-D...we are staying at the clubhouse inn westomont...rented a car so 9 miles doesnt seem so bad...have seen lou's on various travel channel and food network programs so would like to check it out...but we arent leaving unitl sunday so hopefully we will be able to check out some other places

Ron_L
02-17-2010, 07:42 PM
Thanks for the info!

I might need some good Chinese carbs on Saturday after all of that meat. :biggrin:

Maybe :)

There is also another chinese place on Odgen west of the hotel called Lao Sze Chaun that used to be very good, but the most recent Yelp review haven't been very good.

Their web site appears to be down, but here is the Yelp page.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/lao-sze-chuan-house-downers-grove

Captian Dan
02-17-2010, 09:03 PM
Looking forward to it, are we allowed to take a few pictures?

So good to hear of a full class and a great fundraiser!

Rub
02-17-2010, 09:09 PM
Congrats on the sellout Scottie, great job!
I'm sure it will be a great success :)

trohrs123
02-18-2010, 08:20 AM
just got a chance to check out the Clubhouse Inn website...looks great! including:
Our Complimentary Breakfast Buffet includes: hot scrambled eggs, link sausage or bacon, golden hash browns, biscuits and gravy, pancakes or french toast, make-your-own Belgian waffle, coffee cake or danish, dry or hot cereal, fruit, milk, juice, and Colombian coffee or hot tea from our coffee bar - complete with flavored syrups.
A complimentary Nightly Cocktail Hour that includes beer, wine, full cocktail service, sodas, as well as light snacks from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM every evening except Sunday.
Indoor pool and jacuzzi!!!
thanks scottie for getting a group discount at this hotel

Scottie
02-18-2010, 08:36 AM
Nothing but the best Tim. ;)

China Chef in downtown is good. Connie's is still the best deep dish if you don't want to drive. Rosati's, well done for a thin crust that is right across street from hotel. Also close to the hotel is Pappadeux, which is a cajun type restaurant. Awesome food! Siam kitchen on Ogden for Thai. Drive about 3 miles down Ogden for a combo at Scooby's Red Hots in Downers Grove. Taco Express in downtown is also good quick eating. Uncle Bub's has awesome food as well. Just had some outstanding jambalaya there last night.

Beer/wine at the Jewel at Cass and Ogden.

I think those are all my haunts locally.

Jorge
02-18-2010, 08:38 AM
Indoor pool and jacuzzi!!!


BBQ guys + jacuzzi.....that can't end well:lol:

Ron_L
02-18-2010, 08:41 AM
Nothing but the best Tim. ;)

China Chef in downtown is good. Connie's is still the best deep dish if you don't want to drive. Rosati's, well done for a thin crust that is right across street from hotel. Also close to the hotel is Pappadeux, which is a cajun type restaurant. Awesome food! Siam kitchen on Ogden for Thai. Drive about 3 miles down Ogden for a combo at Scooby's Red Hots in Downers Grove. Taco Express in downtown is also good quick eating. Uncle Bub's has awesome food as well. Just had some outstanding jambalaya there last night.

Beer/wine at the Jewel at Cass and Ogden.

I think those are all my haunts locally.

I forgot about China Chef! I haven't been there in at least 20 years! Scooby's is a good choice!

BBQ guys + jacuzzi.....that can't end well:lol:

Once we get out they'll have to add water!

monty3777
02-18-2010, 08:42 AM
A complimentary Nightly Cocktail Hour that includes beer, wine, full cocktail service, sodas, as well as light snacks from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM every evening except Sunday.


I don't see anything on the agenda about time off for happy hour. Is there any way to fix that????? :twisted:

trohrs123
02-18-2010, 08:58 AM
Once we get out they'll have to add water!

lol!

Scottie
02-18-2010, 09:18 AM
I don't see anything on the agenda about time off for happy hour. Is there any way to fix that????? :twisted:


I'll talk fast! :wink:

In reality, I built in extra time for questions, et al. So if we finish up early, I might be joining ya! :shock:

Scottie
02-18-2010, 09:20 AM
I should also add. Some of the food that I have Uncle Bub's catering, you won't to eat the hotel food... Maybe grab a quick cup of coffee on the way out. But Mark is planning a spread for both dinner and breakfast...

Big Ugly's BBQ
02-18-2010, 12:25 PM
Scottie, that's great news, congrats on the sell out!!!!!!

I'll be out there in Aug, staying at the Westin O'hare in Rosemont for a conference. Will be picking your brain for food ideas.

Captian Dan
02-20-2010, 05:48 PM
Clubhouse was great, nice and clean, very easy to find, and quiet. Had deep dish pizza at Connies, and loved it.

The food supplied by Bub's BBQ was awesome(thankfully is wasn't BBQ food), and the class was very well done and entertaining. I learned alot, and the goody bags and misc. loot we got to take along with us very nice.

Thanks to Scotty, Mike and all the support staff for making such a great informative event.:smile:

Scotty...............she would be very proud to see how helpful and well behaved your daughters are.

God Bless.