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Congratulations to Janet Matthews of Lockhart for her 1st Place Chili win at the Hurricane Junction Cookoff down in Port O'Connor on January 10th. She can relax for the remainder of the season if she wants to because she is now qualified to cook Behind the Store this November 7th in Terlingua. Not that she'll really be doing much relaxing. She's heading up the committee organizing the upcoming Al Hopkins-Texas State Chili Championship taking place on March 21st in Lockhart. For this busy Martini Girl it's a minor victory to clear that item on her To-Do List!
Outside air temperatures hovered around 38 degrees, so it really was a darn good turn out on the Gulf of Mexico with 24 chili entries judged. Wind chill did have it's affect though - most cooks set up their stoves indoors to escape the chill. Justin Gillette was one of the few to hunker down in the parking lot, and although he didn't place in chili, he did take home the 1st Place Margarita award. Wonder if it was a frozen Margarita?
The proceeds of this cookoff, $770 have been deposited into the Mike "BB" Hughes Memorial Scholarship Fund and we've got our fingers crossed that if kept in the dark long enough, it'll breed. Last year we were able to award 12 scholarships, and we are hoping to do even more this year. May isn't that far off.
Debbi Tucker, director/chairman for our next outing, the Old School House cookoff in Rockne on January 31st wanted us to remind you that there is a reward for early registration! The first 15 entries received by mail will collect a goodie bag! Follow the link buried on the event flier (located on the What's Coming Up page) to a printable PDF registration form. The Old School House cookoff always has great trophies and is one of the few cookoffs each year with an event T-shirt for sale. Usually a limited number available on both ends of the size scale, so get yours early!
Looking a little further down the road, February 14th marks a brand new cookoff at Cedar Hall benefitting Cerebral Palsy.
Paulette Hayter, owner of our bestest most favorite venue and home base (and sometimes Margarita contestant herself) is hoping everyone can stick around after announcements and celebrate Valentine's Day at Cedar Hall. They will be featuring discounted steak dinners and chocolate covered strawberries, and with no cover charge, Daniel Law and the Texas High Riders will take the stage at 9:00 pm for your listening pleasure and toe tapping tendencies.
We are hoping to make this a premiere event and a big fund raiser. We are in need of sponsors and raffle or auction donations. Can you help? Do you know someone who can? Send an email to Dwight@CentralTexasChili.com or give him a call at 512-507-4948.
That's about it for now. See ya'll on down the road!
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2013 Behind the Store 1st Place Chili Champion
Dave Lazarus from Killeen
Lisa Edwards from Kendalia, Texas
2014 Tolbert Ladies State Chili Champion of Texas
2014 Tolbert Texas Men's State Champion
Alan Greiner from Round Rock, Texas
2014 Tolbert Texas State Winner
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Well, that's simple. We cook and promote the Official State Dish of Texas: Chili.
We host over 30 chili events per year at a variety of locations, including the Al Hopkins Tolbert Texas State Chili Championship in Lockhart.
Aside from having a lot of fun, we support a long and varied list of charitable causes like Phone Cards for the Troops, the VFW Scholarship Fund, Special Olympics, and Breast Cancer resources to list just a few. Check the Where We've Been and Why We Do It page for beneficiary details for some of the cookoffs.
Most every weekend! Be sure to check the What's Coming Up page for the details on this week's cookoff!
All over Central Texas! For most events we will have a map and/or directions on how to get to the various locations on the Map Page to help you out.