CBS Annual Picnic and War of the Ribs/Chili/Salsa/Dessert

September 13, 2008
12:00 pmto6:00 pm

Our annual picnic is always one of our most anticipated events, and with good reason:  Every year we supply an extraordinary beer selection (check out this year’s amazing beer list!) backed up by a seemingly endless feast of ribs, chili, salsa, and desserts that are whipped up by our amazing members who compete for trophies in hotly contested competitions. (Update: here are the 2008 results.)

Bring the family and your pals from the bowling league, running club, welding class, knitting circle, whatever – all are welcome and nobody ever goes home hungry or thirsty. The food is amazing – better than you’ll get in any restaurant. And the price? FREE to all CBS members and family who bring a food item to share, or $5 (fidollars) if you come empty handed. Nonmembers bringing foodstuffs pay $5; empty-handed nonmembers must pay $10, but what a deal!

So, grab your folding chairs, horseshoes, lawn darts, croquet sets, etc. and enjoy a great afternoon of phenomenal food, beer, and fun. If you’re interested in participating in the rib competition, contact Randy Mosher. If you want to compete for the chili, salsa, or dessert trophies, just bring along your entry and sign up on-site.

Location: LaBagh Woods, Grove 1 in the Cook County Forest Preserve just off the Edens Expressway on Chicago’s North Side (auto entrance on east side of Cicero Avenue, north of Foster). We’re about 1.5 miles from the Jefferson Park stop on the CTA Blue Line, where you can hop a 92 Foster Avenue bus. It’s also not far to the Forest Glen stop on the Metra Milwaukee District North line.

5 thoughts on “CBS Annual Picnic and War of the Ribs/Chili/Salsa/Dessert

  1. Donald B. Romans

    What happened at the picnic? I couldn’t get there because Edens was closed. If it was rained out, will it be rescheduled? Thanks, Don Romans

  2. Stevie Post author

    Amazingly, the picnic was held and was remarkably attended by about 100 extraordinary beer devotees. I know more of you – like Donald Romans – would have been there if not for the horrendous weather and the traffic that ensued.

    We cut back on the original list of beers, but we had more than enough for the soaked loyalists. Only 3 ribbers competed, but the chili, salsa, and dessert competitions were still hotly contested (results to be posted here very soon, I promise).

    Thanks to everyone who attended and took everything in stride. A good time was had by all.

  3. Daviboyblue

    I tried everthing to contact someone and recieved an email; that doubted that it would be held ! Dang, i was ready to leave as soon as someone would’ve told me that it would still happen ! Quack quack !

  4. Stevie Post author

    Yes, I’m the guy who replied around 7:30 yesterday morning and said it was still on “but I imagine we’ll have to make a definitive call within the next couple of hours.” Sorry, but I couldn’t get back to you later as I had to pick up beers and ice and set up taps at the picnic site.

    But I did recommend that you monitor the CBS-HB listserv for breaking news. Roger Deschner supplied numerous updates there throughout the morning, including this at 10:52 am:

    “The rain has slowed down. We can picnic, somewhat damply, if you can get there. The rivers are NOT projected to flood until Sunday afternoon when Hurricane Ike hits us with yet more rain. Reports from early rib cookers say the picnic area is high and not flooded.

    There’s going to be less beer, less food, and also fewer people. Should be enough.”

    Many people emailed the website during the morning and my standard reply was that the picnic was officially on but that you had to use good judgment. Traffic was horrendous for many who wanted to get there but couldn’t. And even if you made it, conditions were very wet.

    To anyone who wanted to go and were discouraged by my email replies, I’m sorry.

  5. Daviboyblue

    Ok, i wasn’t really complaining; more just fustrated that i missed out !!! Sorry Steve; if you took my comment as whining about not being informed ……… i checked; but i must’ve missed the update ! Glad whoever was there had a good time ……….. Cheer’s !!!

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