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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Guest post by Joel Allen, featured on Speakers International for topics including tiny houses, media training and other communications.
You’ve heard about the tiny house movement. Maybe you’ve seen TV shows like Tiny House Nation or Tiny House Hunters. You’re no doubt aware that the traditional American dream of a roomy, multi-bedroom home is not as attractive (or affordable) to Millennials as it was to previous generations. But you probably haven’t heard how local and state governments around the country are (belatedly) responding to the revolution in downsized living by altering zoning laws and building codes. Or how aging Baby Boomers are waking up to the advantages of tiny house living in retirement. Or how some activists see the smaller house trend as a potential solution to homelessness.
I’m Joel Allen, a seasoned broadcast journalist who’s done more than just research and report on the tiny house movement. I’m living it. My wife and I made the transition from 2,000 square feet, three bedrooms and a two-car garage to less than 400 square feet, one miniature bedroom and no garage. And we love it.
We’ve learned a few things about the pros and cons of tiny house living and we’re not saying it’s entirely easy. But I’d be happy to share with your group or company some of what we now know about the ins and outs of a downsized life and maybe I can help open your eyes to the huge benefits of a tiny house.
Getrude Matshe is an inspirational speaker who has been described as a vibrant bundle of African energy whose zest and passion for life inspires everyone she meets. She is passionate about helping people achieve their full potential and find their individual life purpose. She is passionate about individuals’ success. This makes her an energetic, inspirational and enlightening speaker. Getrude has written several books and is now a book writing coach.
About Getrude Matshe
Her speaking career started in Norway 1989 and for 12 years she has worked in the IT industry as a Systems Analyst, Systems Support Manager and Project Manager. Getrude immigrated to New Zealand in 2001 with nothing and is now the Director of three successful companies.
She started Medical Recruiters of New Zealand Ltd
GM Global Investments Ltd (Property)
As an owner she formed Simzisani Ltd, a talent agency catering for the film and advertising industry and has been instrumental in supplying ethnic extras for prominent movies such as Peter Jackson’s “King Kong” and James Cameron’s Avatar
She is the founder and CEO of the Africa Alive Education Foundation, an organization that supports HIV orphans in Zimbabwe
She formed Walk on the Wild Side Tours – a symbiotic tourism company that takes tourist to Zimbabwe to work with HIV and Aids orphans
She became a Rooney International Scholar in 2012 and worked at Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
She is married and the mother of three children and a well known African Storyteller, poet, artist and published author.
She is a script writer and an Independent film maker
Some days, when writers’ block descends, our query letters return like boomerangs and our books aren’t selling, it’s nice to reflect upon what we have going for us.
1. We can travel light. Unlike plumbers and brain surgeons, writers need only a small notebook and a pencil to do our jobs (the current electronic paraphernalia is fine, but optional). And if you’re one of those fortunate souls able to conjure lengthy passages in your head, you don’t need anything at all.
2. We can eat and drink while we work.
3. We face no institutional barriers. You can’t call yourself a doctor, a lawyer, a minister or a police officer without jumping through some societal hoops. To call yourself a writer, though, all you have to do is write. It doesn’t have to be how you make your living, you don’t need to be published, and you don’t even have…