Walter “Rick” Geise has won a spot in the World
Open Chili Championship.
He is a machinist and tool maker by trade and originally
learned to cook by helping his grandmother around the kitchen. His cooking
skills were also greatly influenced by his wife Andreann and her family who
were in the restaurant business.
Rick met his wife in 1984 while they were both still in high
school. They shared a love of fishing, the outdoors and food. Andreann’s love
of food and her father started her exciting journey in foodsport. She convinced
Rick to enter his first recipe contest,
in which he took judges choice. He won a cash prize, a box of assorted cheeses
and bragging rights since he beat out his wife for that win. Was it beginner’s
luck? He is about to prove to her it was cooking skill and not luck that won
him that prize. He competes for the first time in the World Food Championships (WFC)
this year. She suggested he enter Taste of America, the contest that won him
his Golden Ticket to WFC.
Chef Andreann Geise will be competing in sandwich. This year’s competition marks the fourth time
that she has competed at WFC. Her best finish came in 2016 when she placed
fifth with her Bacon, Shrimp & Tomato Salad on Garlic Bacon Toast in the
signature round of the Bacon category.
About the World Food Championships
The World Food Championships (WFC) is the
highest stakes food competition in the world. This multi-day, live-event
culinary competition showcases some of the world’s best cooking masters
competing for food, fame and fortune in ten categories: Bacon, Barbecue,
Burger, Chef, Chili, Dessert, Recipe, Sandwich, Seafood and Steak. In 2018,
over 1,500 contestants on nearly 500 official teams from 42 American states and
12 countries competed. More than 20 million people have attended WFC or have
seen it on national TV over the past seven years. The 2019 Main Event will be
held in Dallas, Texas at Reunion Tower Lawn, Oct. 16-20, 2019.
Andreann Geise, local Myrtle Beach chef and food sport
competitor, is accepting sponsors for her upcoming participation in the World
food Championship in Dallas in October.
She will compete for the World Sandwich Championship, and category
winners then compete for overall championship. She was a judge for the chili
category at the championship in 2015 and has competed for the past three
Sponsors are invited to contribute any dollar amount or
product related to the competition. Sponsors receive immediate recognition on
social media, continuing weekly mention until the event and daily coverage
during the competition. Included for the sponsor are photos or links to the
product or service. A food item or related product may be considered for use
during the actual event. A patch on the chef jacket or apron also may be supplied
with the top level of sponsorship.
Geise began her food sport with her win on the hometown
favorite episode of Ultimate Recipe Showdown on the Food Network and has since
appeared on the Cooking Channel, Fox Sports South, the Sportsman Table, A &
E Network and Discovery Network. She has shared the stage with celebrity chefs
including Guy Fieri, Aaron McCargo, Jr. and Fabio Viviani. She is a South
Carolina Barbecue Association ambassador, a senior judge and novice instructor.
Her dishes have been served at large events such as NYC
Fashion Week and Bon Appetit Supper club, and she has had many recipes
published in multiple magazines. She has cooked for Cal Ripken Jr., Marilyn
McCoo, Billy Davis Jr, Elise Testone, Mac Arnold, The Bronx Wanderers, Ken Lavigne,
The Movin Out Band and Manhattan transfer as well as for many private parties.
The eighth annual championship event is the largest food
sport tournament hosting hundreds of competitors throughout 10 categories and
awarding more than one million dollars
in total prize money. Television
coverage and social media reaches many countries in addition to the United
Contact Geise via Facebook or email@example.com to
discuss sponsorship details.
"A Taste of Gullah: a Web Series from Down South" produced by Dr. Janice
Marie Collins, captures the enriching spirit of the good "folk" who come
from good "stock" on the Sea Islands. Be sure to watch to the end of each
episode to find contact information for the individuals in the series, so
that you, too, can experience, "A Taste of Gullah."
"A Taste of Gullah," produced by Dr. Janice Marie Collins. From Anita
Singleton Prather as Aunt Pearlie Sue, to Oshi Green at The Gullah Grub, to
Jery Taylor and her sweet grass baskets and so many more exciting people
AND stories from the Sea Islands are captured in this 1-hour television
program that aired on WEIU-TV on PBS. https://youtu.be/EHV43AIwJQo
From the Gullah coast to the West Coast of Africa, Dr. Janice Marie
Collins explores the REAL Wakanda by heading BACK to Sierra Leone, West
Africa and the Mende Tribe, her land and her people. "Journey to My
Mother's Land: Extending the Gates' Effect into Africa." For 6 weeks,
Collins immerses herself into the culture to see if the "knowing" really
matters. From the food, to religion, to female cutting, to meeting her
"cousins" and standing on the soil of Bunce Island, to the beautiful
beaches, you see all of the emotional, spiritual, challenges AND victories
As They Happen! There is no other autoehtnography like this...and it's one
you definitely want to see. "Journey to My Mother's Land: Extending the
Gates' Effect into Africa."
A journey of freedom!
Diversity Week at Southern Wesleyan University in Central, South Carolina will feature Anita Prather performing as Aunt Pearlie Sue with a lecture on the African basis of Gullah culture including customs, art and foodways. Meet her at Noon in the dining commons.
Mary Burton never disappoints. She’s getting better all the time. The Hangman is a compelling page-turner with dark and complex danger plus a touch of romance. Although I thought I could solve the mystery of identifying the hangman, it still kept me guessing until the surprise ending. Don’t miss this one!
Roslyn Franken, inspirational speaker and author of Meant to Be: A True Story of Might, Miracles and Triumph of the Human Spirit, delivers her multi-media program with the powerful true story of her Jewish parents surviving and finding love against all odds. She is now touring Florida and scheduling throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Upcoming events are
March 21 at 7pm , West St. Petersburg Community Library at Petersburg College, 6700 Eighth Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL
April 20 at 7:30 pm at the University of Tampa Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values, 601 Frederic H. Spaulding Dr., Tampa, FL
All events are free and open to the public to attend. Book signings will follow each presentation. Her books are available on Amazon, and a limited number of autographed books are available at the Florida Holocaust Museum gift shop in St. Petersburg, FL.
Personal testimonies from Holocaust and other World War II survivors help to ensure this turning point in human history is not forgotten. By listening to survivors tell their stories, the audience can relate the real-life experiences of these individuals to the history.
The problem is that there are fewer and fewer survivors left to give their testimonies. Also, those still alive often do not want to talk about their past, and others are sometimes unable to tell their story due to physical and/or other health limitations.
Roslyn Franken is carrying the torch for future generations by sharing her parents’ inspiring story of survival, love and triumph through her important work as a professional speaker and author of Meant to Be. Check for her book in libraries and in holocaust museums.