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1st Annual Blue Pony Chili Cook-off

With cool, fall weather taking place here in Indiana, we had the idea to have a chili cook-off. It proved to be an amazing idea, with all the entries being delicious, and everybody enjoying the experience! We had 8 batches of chili, all with a different style, and it really came down to personal preference in order to vote for your favorite. Travis Nichols took the win for best chili, with his smoked brisket infused recipe. Hoping this becomes an annual Blue Pony event, which is very likely to happen!

8 Pots of Chili to taste test

8 Pots of Chili to taste test

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We went through 200 of these sample cups!

 

Winning Chili Recipe

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Yesterday, Blue Pony had their 1st Annual Chili Cook-Off. Travis Nichols has been asked to share his winning recipe.

Blue Pony Chili Cook-Off Winning Recipe:

3 cups celery, chopped

3 small jalapenos, thinly sliced

3 purple onions, chopped

Sauté the vegetables in vegetable oil or bacon grease until translucent.

 

Then add:

4 cloves of garlic, pressed. Sauté for about 30 seconds.

Add the following spices and bloom them in the hot oil with the vegetables.

½ cup + 2 TBL chili powder (I use Pendery’s Original Chile Blend which is available in the Central Market bulk section or here:  http://www.penderys.com/ )

2 tsp. smoked paprika

2 tsp. cayenne

1 TBL. cumin

2 tsp. Mexican oregano

2 tsp. granulated onion

2 tsp. granulated garlic

 

Once this mixture has bloomed, add:

1 c. red wine (Pinot Noir or Claret). Reduce the wine down for about 10 minutes.

 

Then add:

1 -14 oz. can tomato sauce

3 -15 oz. cans diced tomatoes

3 cups LOW SODIUM beef stock/broth

12 oz. V-8 juice

3 TBL. Knorr Tomato Bouillon w/ Chicken Flavor (powdered)

2 TBL. of whatever rub you use on the brisket (if other than salt and pepper)

2 ½ lbs. of cooked smoked brisket, cut into 3/8” cubes

 

Optional:

1 or 2 -20 oz. cans of pinto beans, drained and rinsed.

1 lb. bacon

1 Pablano pepper

Test and add salt to taste

 

(All the peppers and brisket were smoked)

AND THE WINNER IS……

Winner of the Blue Pony 1st Annual Chili Cook-Off Contest is Travis Nichols. Travis received over 1/2 of all votes cast. Congratulations Travis!

Blue Pony Chili Cook-Off Winner!

Blue Pony Chili Cook-Off Winner!

By the looks of Travis' empty pot, obviously it was good!

By the looks of Travis’ empty pot, obviously it was good!

Blue Pony Chili Cook-Off Contest

Blue Pony hosted our 1st Annual Chili Cook-Off today. Wow… tons of fun in the stable! We invited Apollo Design and AVID Labs staff to help us judge. We will be revealing the winner at 2:00pm.

8 Pots of Chili to taste test

8 Pots of Chili to taste test

Crazy Indiana Weather

Yesterday I drove through a 5 mile stretch where it had just hailed. Then 10 miles up the road was a beautiful double rainbow and it was 54 degrees. Indiana weather is so unpredictable.

Yard covered in hail.

Yard covered in hail.

Road covered in hail.

Road covered in hail.

Beautiful double rainbow that made complete arch.

So Nice To Be A Pony!

I came back from an extended birthday weekend and upon arrival, I was met by this pony!

Love working at Blue Pony!

Love working at Blue Pony!

Wow, it is so great to be a part of a caring, fun stable! Thanks to all the ponies for thinking of this ole’ mares foal date. But… I think the rest of the herd didn’t like it when I told them they couldn’t hit the awaiting pony or they would see a mean side of me :-) I did take the candy out and share, but keeping the new team member’s head on his body IS A MUST!

How Content Affects Communication and Engages Consumers

It’s no surprise we’re in a technology boom. In 1997, only 18% of American households had computers. In 2014, that number has jumped to over 75%. Computers are getting smaller, phones and tablets are getting larger. Ironically, each of these devices practically operates and function the same. But, they are all great means to better and faster communication.

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It’s important to keep up with technology in the business world.

As we have all adapted to fast paced technology, so has the way we have adapted to communication at home and in the work place through email, text messages, instant messages, social media viral videos, blogs, online newsletters, search engines and more. Playdates are just a click away. Videos can be shot, edited and published all on one device. There are endless opportunities and resources to communication.

Now that we have access to just about anything within seconds, consumer attention spans have decreased significantly. With so many programs and apps pulled up on our devices, we bounce from one to the other without even realizing. The ads, apps, programs and websites that are the most ascetically pleasing to the eye are the ones we get addicted or sucked into the most.

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People need an engaging, visual presentation to keep them interested.

Have you ever sat in a presentation with zero visual aids and completely spaced out the entire time?  Sure, the presenter knew what they were talking about, but nothing except a brochure was provided.

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This presenter is keeping his audience involved with nice visual aids.

Had the presenter used at least some sort of visual presentation or example to share, it would have brought a little more life and engagement into the meeting. Whether it’s advertising or marketing to consumers or a corporate event or presentation, your message is certainly important, but the way it’s conveyed and delivered visually is key.

Check out these examples of proof where Blue Pony has successfully created content to impact client and consumer communication.

http://www.bluepony.com/portfolio/rock-our-world-awards/

http://www.bluepony.com/portfolio/tradition-innovation-high-tech-projection/

http://www.bluepony.com/portfolio/cummins-emissions-touch-screen/

http://www.bluepony.com/portfolio/going-all-in/

Visit our website portfolio for more examples: www.bluepony.com

Give Blue Pony a call so we can help you make an impact on your next presentation because it is apparent that good content IS in fact KING!

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EvanFeaturedEvan Figg is an Account Executive at Blue Pony