Okay, now I’m going to talk about the food which was served at JoAnn’s Chili Bordello:
The "17 varieties of Chili served in an atmosphere of sin" were each different, and were given different girl’s names. My favorite was No. 17, "Red Hot Mama!" My mouth waters just thinking about it! Yum, yum! There was Chili for those who wanted Mild Chili, Southwest Chili, East Coast Chili, just about everything. The recipes were always guarded, so I can’t help you much there.
At the beginning all the food was served on Paper Plates, with Paper Napkins, and Plastic Utensils. The Chili was served in a scooped out Cantelope half, and the Cantelope was served in a plastic dessert bowl. Corn Bread with Butter was what rounded out the Chili dishes, but customers could also choose Italian Rolls, Dinner Rolls, etc. I thought this was a brilliant way to economize, and it was really bizarre to come into this absolutely elegant New Orleans style Parlor, with it’s red Flocked Wallpaper, Red Velvet Tufted Sofa, real Antique Furniture, White Lace with Red Velvet Curtains, Crystal Chandaliers, Live Entertainment (The Madame), Singing "Girls" (Waitresses), gorgeous white statuary of naked women, only to be served your food on Paper Plates with a Cantelope Rind as a Chili Bowl!
However, the owners decided to provide real period looking China and real Utensils after a few months, to play up the "elegance." We served several other things on the Menu, several Sandwiches with enticing names, and a Chef’s Salad (my favorite – yummy!) and regular Dinner Salad, Steak Dinners with Baked Potatoes, etc., and even a House Hamburger.
Desserts consisted of "Chocolate Better Than Sex Cake," which was shaped after the female torso wearing a Boustier. It was basically Chocolate Cake with a Raspberry Cream Filling and Double Chocolate Frosting, very rich. There is much more to tell, but I’m keeping the real secrets for when I open my own Chili Restaurant which I intend to call simply, "Madame Joanne!"