Well, Chesapeakebishop, that grand opening in Columbus sounds very grand indeed! I love the invitations and mementos ideas. Every little gimmick counts! We had a bench outside the San Pedro store with an ingraved inscription, "Our girls are worth waiting for!" We also had pens and bumper stickers which read, "I got off at JoAnn’s Chili Bordello!" Lots of fun! I have so many ideas for my own Chili Restaurant that I find myself day dreaming about it a lot! Coming up with new and even tastier Chili dishes all the time! Got any photos of that grand opening? I’d love to see them! [:X]Madame Joanne
I remember the Columbus franchise very well because my friend George Roberts, a former Citizen-Journal business editor, and I had the PR contract for its grand opening. The franchisee was Grace Chen, a highly successful owner of Chinese restaurants. We staggered the event over three evenings because we knew the response would be wildly successful. To the governor, the justices, all the legislators, lobbyists, CEOs and professionals, we sent wedding-sized invitations of raised ink on card stock, with a tongue-in-cheek, pompous text. "Madame Grace Chen Modestly Invites You and the Woman of Your Choosing to the Grand Opening ….. formal attire, please." The promised mementos were garter belts for the ladies, the attached button reading, "I met my man at JoAnn’s." Usually successful in our work, even George and I were stunned at the quality of the crowd. The guv did not personally attend, sending his press rep. But the whole rank and file were right behind Verne Rife, a grand guy of blessed memory, House Speaker and, as one member of the entire loyal opposition said to a reporter, "We’re here to keep an eye on the Speaker." After those grand opening nights, George and I enjoyed free chili at JoAnn’s at any hour we pleased. The down side was that costume approval gave me astigmatism, and as a result I am forced to wear trifocals to this day. And, yes, as all the rest have said, the chili was awesome.
I did find those links on another Forum, Animal House, but they didn’t work there either. There was only one additional link that worked, it was a black and white photo of one of the "Girls" (Waitresses) working. I copied it for future reference. So, Bergermeister, are you out there? Got any links to photographs that still work?
Thought it was so sad that when I went to Jerry’s aka JoAnn’s Guestbook that there were only two tributes to her. Quickly added my own, and then another from a friend of mine who used to frequent JoAnn’s back in l983 in San Pedro, California. Looks like that tribute website to JoAnn’s I’ve been planning is actually coming into fruition, but I need as much input, comments, memories, and photos as I can find to make it happen. All contributions are welcome.
During my searches I discovered that there was another Chili Joint that opened for a short time in Jacksonville, Florida, which served 50 kinds of Chili, and all of the "Girls" wore the same types of Corsets as at JoAnn’s Chili Bordello, but they were all over age 50! That must have been very interesting! This short lived Chili Joint was called Joanne’s Chili Bordello! How funny! [:X]Madame Joanne
Madem, that was Bergermeister who posted those links. Sorry they stoped working. Someone here might know why?
Hey, PapaJoe8, do you still have those photos you posted at the beginning of this Forum from JoAnn’s Chili Bordello? The links you previously posted have expired.
Was very deeply saddened to discover at OrlandoSentinel.com, dated June 18, 2008, that the original JoAnn has passed away just this past June 15, 2008! She was 79. Her Obituary mentions that she and her husband opened JoAnn’s Chili Bordello in l983. Her real name was Jerline D. "Jerry" Berry. I was really shocked. No wonder I have been thinking about JoAnn’s so much lately. When I have gathered my thoughts I must go back to the Guestbook and pay my respects. Just thought you might want to know.[:X][:X]Madame Joanne
Madam, thanks so much for going to the trouble to do that list! And, what a unique list it is. It will take me awhile to digest it! :~)
Hey, Leethebard: I’m delighted that you are enjoying this Chili Forum. I’m having a blast also, it’s wonderful to find people who are still as excitied about JoAnn’s as I am! It was such a unique and magical place, and I have spent all these years trying to find backing to start up my own. Ha, ha, ha, the problem in California with those who can afford to back such an enterprise is that the very rich aren’t looking for a long term investment, just for something that they can invest in for a short time and then walk away from for the tax breaks! Sigh! All I need are investors who really want to go the long haul and aren’t afraid of making more money than they have! [:X][:X]Madame Joanne
Well, PapaJoe8, the range of Chilis was very diversified. I tried them all at one time or another. Some were very bland(not my cup of Chili) and there were six in that category:
l. California, Vegetarian (just Beans, Avocado, Cheddar Cheese, Red and Green Chilis, Cream Cheese and Green Onions);
2. California, Beans and Beef, Avocado, Cheddar Cheese, Red and Green Chilis, Cream Cheese and Green Onions;
3. East Coast, Beans, and Green and Red Chilis;
4. East Coast, Beans, Steak, Pork, Green and Red Chilis, Cheddar Cheese;
5. East Coast, Beans, Steak, Pork, Green and Red Chilis, Onions, Cheddar Cheese; and
6. East Coast, Beans, Steak, Pork, Chicken, Green and Red Chilis, Onions, and Cheddar Cheese.
In the medium range there was:
7. Southwestern (Mexican) Beans, Corn, Bell Peppers, and Green and Red Chilis;
8. Southwestern (Mexican) Beans, Beef, Corn, Bell Peppers, and Green and Red Chilis;
9. Southwestern (Mexican) Beans, Beef, Pork (Bacon), Corn, Bell Peppers, and Green and Red Chilis;
10. Southwestern (Mexican) Beans, Beef, Pork (Bacon), Corn, Bell Peppers, and Green and Red Chilis, Cheddar Cheese;
11. Southwestern (Texas) Beans, Barbeque Beef, Bell Peppers, Green and Red Chilis, Green Onions, Cheddar Cheese;
12. Southwestern (Texas) no Beans, Barbeque Beef, Bell Peppers, Green and Red Chilis, Green Onions, Cheddar Cheese;
13. Southwestern (Texas) Beans, Barbeque Beef, Barbeque Pork, Bell Peppers, Green and Red Chilis, Green Onions, Cheddar Cheese;
14. Southwestern (Texas) Beans, Barbeque Beef, Barbeque Pork, Barbeque Chicken, Bell Peppers, Green and Red Chilis, Green Onions, Cheddar Cheese;
And the hottest Chilis were:
15. Southwestern (Texas) No Beans, Barbeque Beef, Barbeque Pork, Barbeque Chicken, Bell Peppers, Green and Red Chilis, Green Onions, Cheddar Cheese, and Jalapeno Chilis;
16. Southwestern (Texas) Beans, Barbeque Beef, Barbeque Pork, Barbeque Chicken, Bell Peppers, Green and Red Chilis, Green Onions, Cheddar Cheese, and Jalapeno Chilis; and
17. Southwestern (Texas) Beans, Barbeque Beef, Barbeque Pork, Barbeque Chicken, Bell Peppers, Green and Red Chilis, Green Onions, Cheddar Cheese, Jalapeno Chilis, topped with Sour Cream and Chives.
At least that’s what I can remember at this stage. My copy of the original Menu is in storage. When I can finally retrieve my belonging and look at the actual Menu I will be able to edit this list. Bon Appetite!
This is one fascinating thread…I’d love to hear more stories of Chili…and stuff!
Madam, real neat story about Burt!
I knew that if you had the recipes, they would be secret. I was just hoping for a brief description. Like, what is "southwest chili". Did it have some green chile flavor?
In that "fantasy" thread I mentioned, everyone had their ideas about what kind of chili to serve, and how. There were lots of good ideas.
There is a building in my neighborhood that would make a good chili place. Taco Mayo was there but moved up by Wall Mart.
Hotter the better NYNM! Although I have taken to using only jalapenos for the heat, no red pepper. I just love that jalapeno flavor!
Why, thank you all so very kindly! If we all ever meet you may kiss my hand just like all the celebrities I met at JoAnn’s were in the custom of doing. Nick Nolte, Chad Evert, Prince Michael of Kent, and many, many more! Burt Reynolds enjoyed my performance one afternoon so much that he told his Buddy who was with him to go on, that he wanted more of that delicious Chili! He ordered No. 17, "Red Hot Mama" to go, but Burt spent my entire midday three hour break sitting at the Piano with me. I had to teach him duets because his hand kept creeping around my waist! Ha, ha, ha, LOL! We had a lot of laughs as we played duets together, a truly unforgetable magical experience. When his Buddy returned, both Burt and his Buddy bowed and kissed my hand as they said goodbye! I thought I was going to faint! They thought the Chili was great, too! Repeat business was unbelieveable![:X][:X]Madame Joanne
Hey Joe we’re talkin HOT chili here. no??
(Tho you know I prefer chile. Not the country…)
Ain’t it fun,folks, to have this chili tete a tete (or whatever a whatever) here with La Madame??
Well, I’m sure that JoAnn’s did probably put the "Sin" in every City where one of their stores was! Ha, ha, ha, LOL! It was just a happy (and sometimes not) coincidence that the real JoAnn and myself (Joanne) have esentially the same first name. Customers just "assumed" that I was the real JoAnn, but her photo wearing a sripped Boustier was on the cover of the Menu. She looked very impressive and very sexy, with a bottle of Jack Daniels prominently displayed on the table in front of her. When people asked me if I was the owner, I always told them "no, I’m just the Madame!" Sometimes things would get a little too "hot," like when an irate Husband of one of the Girls (Waitresses) came in to the Manhattan Beach store and started yelling at me because his Wife had been fired! "Whoa! Not me, no, go talk to one of the Managers, not me!" If I do open my own Chili Restaurant I will NEVER let anyone know that I am the owner.
Sorry, don’t have the actual recipies for all of the 17 Chili dishes. That was always carefully guarded. At the San Pedro store the Dressing Room was upstairs and I had to walk through the Kitchen to get to it. The Cooks were always stirring about six huge pots of Beans, and many more pots of Sauces. I know that No. 1 on the Menu was very mild, and that another was Vegetarian, and that the flavors varied in intensity up to No. 17, "Red Hot Mama," my personal favorite. Perhaps when the time comes to open my own Chili Restaurant I should sponsor a Chili Cookoff for my own personal Menu of Chili dishes.
I hope you have all 17 of the recipes Madam. I would love to here a brief description of each chili. There is an old thread here about fantasy chili parlors. You might get a kik outa that? Have a few days to kill… the whole chili section here is real good I think.
Speaking of chili history… sounds like JoAnn’s should have a page or two in that book.
Oh; cute NYNM. Only you could come up w/ that!
So I guess your chili put the Sin in Sincinatti?
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