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BB's Girl, Jennifer Grace Gilliam passed away this last weekend at the age of 55. She had been suffering for several years with CSFL (cerebral spinal fluid leak), and depression. There will not be any service but a private memorial later.
This sad news was reported by Jennifer's sister Lynne Gilliam Bordeaux, and she also told us that their father (Wyman Gilliam Sr.) is doing good after 6 mos in and out of the hospital with Discitis. Their Mom has dementia and had a hip replacement in September. Prayers are indeed needed for the Gilliam Gang.
Congratulations to Marty & Samantha Costello on the birth of their new baby Alyson Olivia on November 16th. Big sister Zoee is gonna love helping Mom out!
Grama Janet Matthews has already declared Alyson to be the newest Martini Girl, so we're betting we see this little one at a cookoff or two on down the road.
Click on the red box and you'll see we have updated our contact information to include Rob. For those of you that are promoters, after your event please remember to send your recap sheets and entry forms to Rob for sanctioning with a copy to Debbie Turner. The in-boxes are open 24/7.
Before we get into the Terlingua recap we want to remind ya'll that this Saturday it's Thanksgiving at Giddy Ups in Manchaca. Nancy Morgan, owner of Giddy Ups also wanted us to remind you that there is plenty of RV parking space behind the bar, and that the live music starts at 8:30 p.m. Friday night with a group called Western Justice. So come on out, join the fun and start collecting points toward Terlingua 50!
Congratulations to Mr. David Lazarus from Killeen, Texas, the 2015 1st Place Chili Champion.
Yes, the same David Lazarus that won the #1 rock last year - and the year before that. Going back yet one more season reveals that this same David Lazarus won 2nd Place Chili in 2012. Rather than saying consistent, we're calling it phenominal!
Wonder if the unnamed potential sponsor (a large well-known grocery chain) is paying attention to that track record. Rumor has it this potential sponsor was seriously considering using the winners' recipe (CASI? Tolbert? Is/was ICS a contender too?) for mass production under their house label. Guess we'll see how that played out somewhere down the road.
Second place went to David's protegee at the Central Texas College, and Killeen neighbor Elke Jensen. When quizzed about her success Elke quickly admitted that she pays careful attention to not only the recipe, but to her hydration during cooking, and advises all cooks to keep ice cold beer on hand at all times. This is a very wise woman who knows our audience well.
Third Place Chili went to Larry Walton from Robinson, Texas. Larry is known more as a CASI cook than Tolbert, but is the face behind the CASTOLICS Facebook page designed from the onset to draw all three chili associations together.
Congratulations to all the winners! See the Terlingua 49 page for the complete listing.
Wondering how far your chili made it? Maybe this photo will help.
Will Burk and Beth Lawhon found their numbers listed under Quarter Finals and Semi Finals.
We have no idea on how much was raised in Terlingua, but Paul Ryan said the gate receipts and public attendance may have established a new record! Ed Ratcliff from Screen Sations (the T-Shirt guy) said he only made it back to his home base in Garland with 7 extra shirts, and that's mighty darn close to a sell out. [He's down to 6 units left (5XL, 1S), and he is on Facebook in case any of you are interested.]
Richard Willis reports the Cowboy Camp Croquet Challenge "...was not as big as last year. Tom Nall won and gave his winnings back to ALS. There were a few non-players that made donations bringing the final tally to about $170 for the cause."
Jack Potter reports that the Cowboy Camp raised right at $12,500 for ALS this year, including proceeds from the Regis/ALS Dinner, the Croquet Challenge and the Spirit Wagon. Artist Garret Doyle was the lucky winner of the "Mouse Rheinhardt Memorial Spirit Wagon." Mouse would of loved that!
The TGA 3-Hole Desert Classic had 9 participants this year, and at $3 per entry, raised a mere pittance in comparison to the fun they had along the course.
We'd like to thank Reva and Billy Bob Weatherly for all of their extraordinary efforts. Last July their annual cookoff in Canyon Lake had to be cancelled because the owner of the venue had double booked the property. Not deterred from their continuing mission of support, they partnered with a different watering hole and threw a little get together for the sole purpose of conducting their raffles. Chili heads and friends alike came out, joined in and the day was a huge success. The Weatherley's, together with the Darlene Evans BBQ team presented a check in the amount of $1500 to us for the Mike "BB" Hughes Memorial Scholarship Fund.
We brought out our check book too. The CTTCG presented Kathleen and Paul Ryan with $2000 for the Terlingua Operational Fund, and we wrote out a second check in the same amount for presentation to the ladies representing the South Texas Chapter of ALS.
It bears repeating...
Many thanks to Debbie Eiland Turner for sharing with us the results from the ancillary contests. In plain speak: Tolbert's Last Chance Chili Cookoff, and BBQ.
Chairman: Patrick Ryan
Chili - 34 Samples Judged
1st Place - Glenda Walker, Early, TX (first time to ever qualify, and maybe even first time to get points at a sanctioned cookoff, part of the Brownwood Camp)
2nd Place - Eric Johnson, Katy, TX (friend of Tolbert's TX State Champion, Mike Behr)
3rd Place - Sue Schools, Laredo, TX (formerly lived in Metroplex, moved to Mexico a few years back, mostly an ICS cook these days)
4th Place - Gil Cantu, Austin, TX
5th Place - Eddie Nowak, Graford, TX (first trip to Terlingua)
6th Place - Butch Franks, Lockhart, TX
7th Place - Jason Jessup, Odessa, TX
8th Place - Herman Everett, Terlingua, TX
9th Place - Joe Daniels, Midlothian, TX (first trip to Terlingua, wife had already qualified at a Tolbert cookoff in North Texas)
10th Place - Randy Rheinhardt, Canyon Lake, TX
Chairman: Jimmy Smith
Head Judges: Linda and Kerry Weir
BBQ Grand Champion
Ray Bradford, Midland, TX
BBQ Reserve Champion
Salsa - 26 entries
1 Debbie Tucker, Cedar Creek, TX
2 Carol Bade, San Antonio, TX
3 Terri King, Del Rio, TX
1 Dewey Lawhon, Cedar Park, TX
Peas - 25 entries
1 Terry Wright, Lockhart, TX
2 Truett Airhart, Hunt, TX
3 Ted Hume, Dallas, TX
4 Unclaimed at first, someone claimed but it was not recorded
5 Tom Wilde, San Angelo, TX
6 Tommy Gregg, Lockhart, TX
7 Chuck McCrory, Crowley, TX
8 Sonny Bade, San Antonio, TX
9 Bullet Beard, Bandera, TX
10 Tod Townsend, Del Rio, TX
Beans - 46 entries
1 Larry Walton, Robinson, TX
2 James Pierce, Lamesa, TX
3 Chuck McCrory, Crowley, TX
4 Reva Weatherly, Canyon Lake, TX
5 Ted Hume, Dallas, TX
6 Joe Daniels, Midlothian, TX
7 Terry Wright, Lockhart, TX
8 Lacy Pippin, Graford, TX
9 Billy Bob Weatherly, Canyon Lake, TX
10 Janet Matthews, Lockhart, TX
Chicken - 26 entries
1 Jerry King, Midland, TX
2 Mark Opachan, Midland, TX
3 Joey Sutphen, Borger, TX
4 Tommy Smith, Midland, TX
5 Russell Stark, Conroe, TX
6 Cheree Bade, San Antonio, TX
7 Glenda Walker, Early, TX
8 Ray Bradford, Midland, TX
9 Ken Marden, Bellville, TX
10 Quinlan Laing, Midland, TX
Ribs - 29 entries
1 Ray Bradford, Midland, TX
2 John Opachan, Midland, TX
3 Jerry King, Midland, TX
4 Robert Fischer, San Angelo, TX
5 Jack Walker, Early, TX
6 Tommy Gregg, Lockhart, TX
7 Mark Opachan, Midland, TX
8 Joey Sutphen, Borger, TX
9 Sonny Bade, San Antonio, TX
10 Bullett Beard, Bandera, TX
Brisket - 27 entries
1 Sonny Bade, San Antonio, TX
2 Greg Bade, San Antonio, TX
3 Ray Bradford, Midland, TX
4 Tommy Smith, Midland, TX
5 Ken Marden, Bellville, TX
6 Joey Sutphen, Borger, TX
7 Tod Townsend, Del Rio, TX
8 Tom Wilde, San Angelo, TX
9 Don McKerley, Aransas Pass, TX
10 Dennis McKerley, Aransas Pass, TX
Congratulations to all the winners!
We did it! We sold all of the trophy sponsorships for the 49th Annual Original Terlingua International Championship Chili Cookoff! Thank you, thank you, Thank You!!
1st Place $350 - Faded Love Chili
2nd Place $325 - Good Home Inspection
3rd Place $300 - The Wright Family
4th place $150 - Deanna Castillo
5th Place $150 - Lee McCullough
6th Place $150 - The Lazarus Brothers, Fred and David
7th Place $125 - Tom Wooton
8th Place $125 - Tolbert's Restaurant & Chili Parlor
9th Place $125 - Tremayne Guitar
10th Place $125 - CB & Pam Kloppe
1st Place $125 - Grapevine Scuba
1st Place $125 - Screen Sations Garment Graphics
2nd Place $100 - Bill & Deba Center
3rd Place $75 - Laura Coad & Raymond Baughman
1st Place Show Open, $150 - Reid & Lora Jones
1st Place Show Limited, $150 - Ladies State Chili Championship of Texas
1st Place Show One Man, $150 Pat & Mark Kirschhoffer
2nd Place Show Open, $125 Michelle & Mike Yoho
2nd Place Show Limited, $125 - Tolbert's Restaurant & Chili Parlor
2nd Place Show One Man, $125 - Ryan Associates
3rd Place Show Open, $100 Linda & Kerry Weir
3rd Place Show Limited, $100 Michelle & Mike Yoho
3rd Place Show One Man, $100 - Tolbert's Restaurant & Chili Parlor
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(For the season anyway!)
2013, 2014 AND 2015 Behind the Store 1st Place Chili Champion
Dave Lazarus from Killeen
2015 Tolbert Texas Men's State Champion
Mick Joplin, Lakeside Village, Texas
Heather Burdick from San Marcos
2016 Tolbert Ladies State Champion
Mike Behr, Manchaca, Texas
2015 Tolbert Texas State Winner
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Mike "BB" Hughes & Dwight Hamilton, BFF
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Well, that's simple. We cook and promote the Official State Dish of Texas: Chili.
We host about 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 Juvenile Diabetes, Cerebral Palsy, and the VFW Scholarship Fund 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.