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stay for a while!
On December 16th, Dwight underwent a serious but common cardiac procedure. Everything went as expected and he is doing well. Except his bed is uncomfortable. So, he's resting in a recliner. His prognosis is excellent but he will be out of commission for the next month or two.
That leaves some big shoes to fill. Thankfully, many of you that have gone out of your way to learn what it takes to run a cookoff. You have stepped up to monitor tables, register entrants, enlist judges, tally the scores, bus tables, and a few of you have gotten right comfortable on a microphone. Knowing the Central Texas Tolbert Chili Group will continue to grow, thrive and raise money no matter who is at the helm brings Dwight a lot of comfort. That said, please say yes if we tap on your to volunteer at some point.
Congratulations to Steve Reeder from LaGrange for his 1st Place Chili at the VFW Post 3377's Chili Christmas Cookoff on December 13th in Manchaca. Steve is now qualified to cook next November in Terlingua. It was a good day for the gentleman from LaGrange - he also won 1st Place Show.*
Belated Congratulations to Elke Jensen from Killeen on her 1st Place Chili at the Old Soldier's Chili Cookoff out in Maxdale on December 6th. Elke too is qualified to cook Behind the Store at Terlingua #49 in November 2015.
*Showmanship has no automatic qualifiers. With the exception of first place at one of the four major cookoffs (Ladies State, Men's State, Texas State and the Brazilian Open), first place showmanship at any regular cookoff is worth 5 points (2nd = 4, 3rd = 3). Qualifying for show in Terlingua requires 9 points, just like cooking does.
The full list of winners for these cookoffs are posted on their respective pages.
As a reflection of the season, both of these cookoffs were small, with less than twenty cooks at either one. Judging was swift and without problems, announcements were short and completed quickly.
Still hankering to collect your 2015 points before the end of 2014? There is one opportunity left - Doug Higgin's Ring Out the Old Chili Cookoff and Dutch Oven Gathering, and it's free at last. Free of entry fees, trophies, goodie bags, and T-shirts, the object of the event is simply to get points. Turn in time is 7:00 pm. The New Year will be brought in with the Tin Man himself, Scott Lilly and an extraordinary fireworks display at midnight. Details are posted on the What's Coming Up page.
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(For the season anyway!)
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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A group of friends who just happen to cook award winning chili and BBQ while we raise awareness and funds for some mighty worthy causes.
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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.