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Looking for something to do this weekende? Beautiful time of the year for a ride in the country!
Congratulations to Rene Cortez from Grand Prairie for her 1st Place Chili at the CASI 2014 Texas Ladies State Chili Championship on April 12th out in Seguin. Great big bragging rights, and not just for the win - but for the size of the competition - a field of 192 cooks! Amazing! The event brought out a few of our ladies too...
Maddie went on to claim 3rd Place Showmanship with her Queen Beef & Wanna Beans team. Alas, she was the only CTTCG representative on stage receiving an award. No matter, those of us that have discovered what fun it is to celebrate the color pink will give it a try again next year!
Cecelia Stroessner made quarter finals!
New Name!! New Entry Fee!! New Deadline!!
The endless lists of questions, what ifs and maybes have finally been whittled down to information we may now share with you. We are going to ask those of you wanting to participate in this awesome opportunity, to go the extra mile. We don’t want to reinvent who we are, but we do want to put our very best foot forward.
Available here, and time is short. Applications must be received by May 1st. Team captains will be notified on or before Cindo de Mayo, or as the rest of us know it - May 5th.
Completed applications with entry fees attached must be received by May 1st. We will post the lottery winners on the afternoon of May 5th on our website. Phone calls and/or emails will also take place, so be sure we have good contact information on your application. Entry fees of those not selected will be returned immediately.
It’s a team fee of $100. A team is 4 people. One cook and 3 assistants. If you don’t have four people on your team - invite someone else to participate with you and help defray the cost. A team of two will still run $100.
For those of you who have already submitted an application with the original entry fee of $200 - don't worry - we will ask for new checks in the new, lower amount long before any deposits are made!
Cookoff entry fee allows us to wander around and enjoy all the activities going on around us throughout the day - and there's going to be all kinds of things going on! Unfortunately, the comedy showcases and music headline stages are extra. For a complete list of the performers and stage schedules as well as tickets can be found at www.redfest.com
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The Event Itself
The festival is billed as three days packed with music, comedy, reality TV and outdoor fun. Our cookoff is on Day #2 of the festival.
The festival will be set up into themed villages. Hunting & Fishing, Sports Zone, Speed City USA, Country, Street Fair, Milirary & Charity to name a few.
We will be in the Country Western Village. It will be complete with a dance hall teaching two step lessons during the day and dancing all night, an old style western saloon, mechanical bull rides, a BBQ row, Pie eating contests, more of your favorite southern fun and us.
No canopies needed. We will be housed under two 10' x 70' tents. Bring all your regular gear, including your tables, chairs, coolers, etc.
It’s chili only. No beans. No barbecue, and because Circuit of the Americas cannot control 28 separate cooking stations under Health Inspection guidelines, we will not be allowed to give away samples. Crazy, huh? We did get special permission for a single pot, albeit a very large pot of chili that will be available for public tasting. Mr. Tom Nall will be stirring a cauldron of Wick Fowler’s 2-Alarm Chili and doling it out 1 oz at a time.
We’re part of the entertainment!
Cooking areas need to be decorated. Banners, table cloths. Clean stoves. Tidy cooking areas. No ratty chairs or tables. Team shirts, aprons or costumes are strongly encouraged..
Although there will be no actual showmanship competition, we’d like a showmanship atmosphere all day long. From start to finish we are all Ambassadors of Chili. If we do our jobs right, there’s a whole flock of new chili cooks looking to meet us that day!
And, since RedFest is a sponsored by Natural Light Beer, please use the utmost discretion in the consumption of frosty beverages and the disposal of your trash.
Subject to change!
9:30 Competitors arrive
9:45 – 10:15 Assemble cook stations
Set up chili serving station
10:30 Cooks’ meeting
11:00 Cooks can start cooking chili
1:30 Serve 2-Alarm Chili to spectators
3:00 Turn in finished product
Seat preliminary judges (two tables)
4:00 Tally judging sheets and send minimum of 50% to final table
4:45 Seat celebrity judges
5:15 Tally scores
6:00 Award trophies to top 10 cooks
7:00 Break down cook stations
We haven’t a clue on what they will be, however it should be noted that RedFest/COTA are supplying ‘em. We’re betting they’re gonna be something real special.
All vehicles will be parked in designated areas TBD by COTA/RedFest.
Camping is available through the aforementioned website, www.redfest.com Three-day packages of varying levels are available.
There it is. We hope you are as excited as we are. It’s a golden opportunity for us all to help perpetuate the longevity of such a wonderful tradition as competition chili and the big party in the desert.
Congratulations to Robert Henderson of Red Rock and Gilbert Gonzales from Prairie Lea on their 1st Place Chili finishes at the Ernest Bartsch Memorial in Rockne, and the Roughneck Chili & BBQ Cookoff in Luling, respectively. Both of these gentlemen are now qualified to cook Behind the Store in Terlingua this November.
In spite of there being two separate cookoffs on the same day, both cookoffs had good attendance, and although there were barbecue events at both, we do not have a list of the barbecue winners from the Roughneck, just beans and chili. Stats for both cookoffs are posted on their respective pages. There is a nice slide show on the Ernest Bartsch page, and a few photographs from the 2014 Roughneck sent in by our Roving Photographers. If you took pictures at either of these cookoffs (or any other CTTCG event!), please send jpeg files to chili.reporter@YAHOO.com.
Thank you to all the folks that helped run these two events, and most especially Jill Burrows, Terry Wright, Ron Faulstich, Deba Center, Kathy Carriger, and least of all Dwight Hamilton who ran the Roughneck judging and announcements and then high-tailed it to Rockne to see how it was going and to retrieve all the sanctioning paperwork.
The first official Junior Chili Division cookoff was held in conjunction with the Ernest Bartsch Memorial in Rockne on April 5th with top honors going to 8-year-old Tayler B. from Kyle. She earned 5 points and needs just one more point to qualify to cook in the 2015 Junior Chili Divisional Championship at next year’s Texas State Open in Lockhart.
With a little arm twisting (Thanks Tanner!), and our Usual Suspects carrying on the long-standing tradition of supporting new cooks and demonstrating our philosophy,“You need it, I might have it!” (Thanks Brenda Willis!), we had five juniors participate in the first official, point accruing Junior Chili Division cookoff. Word has it, all five entries were outstanding, meeting all Tolbert criteria for judging: Aroma, Consistency, Red Color, Taste and Aftertaste.
We want to thank all the kids for coming out, and we truly want to thank the Usual Suspects who brought ‘em! The Juniors’ next competition will be at Ronnie’s One Oak on May 3rd in Bastrop.
Bubba “Bright Idea” Thorp reports he has a few ‘Thirsty Ol’ Goats’ sponsorship T-Shirts available to those making a donation of $25 or more. In just over a month since he started this little contest with Bill Center and Jimmy Goodson, Bubba has collected an impressive $135.
Bubba also announced the addition of a new Thirsty Ol’ Goat to the contest, Taylor (Tater-Tot) Robertson who is growing a full beard and plans for his shave to include the Whole Thing!
This weekend is the CASI Texas Ladies State in Seguin. From some of the postings on Facebook, it looks like we’ve got a few of our Usual Suspectettes planning to cook. We don’t blame ‘em either - the CASI Texas Ladies State is a great event in a beautiful place. Cooks show up in great numbers (last year 177) ready to show off all their glittery, blingy, shiny, feather adorned pink clothing and get down to a good party! Traditionally organized and run by the men, the women get to kick back and enjoy the celebration of all things chili as well as sisterhood. Good luck to all the Ladies!
There are some new fliers posted on the What’s Coming Up page, and we suspect there may be a couple more cookoffs over the next couple of months that are still in the planning stages. If and when those are firmed up and fliers are created we’ll post ‘em.
That's all for now!
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A summary of the January 18th Tolbert Annual Meeting is posted under the Home page.
February 10, 2014
It is an honor to formally announce that applications for the 2014 Mike “BB” Hughes/Robert Corley Memorial Scholarships are now being accepted!
These scholarships are open to any graduating senior in Texas who is intent on furthering their education. College, Junior College, University, technology and trade schools all fit the bill. However, students pursuing BB’s interest in agricultural studies will get the fast track by our Selection Committee.
We have several members connected to the educational system and we will be relying on them to help us find deserving graduates and get applications into the right hands.
We’d also like to extend the search by asking all of you to look around your own lives, families and circle of friends for potential recipients. Just like the Central Texas Tolbert Chili Group, it’s a friends and family kind of thing.
The application and all instructions are available right here on our website in a printable PDF format. The deadline for applications, including a one-page essay is April 30th, no exceptions.
Here’s to the future and Viva Terlingua!
The 2014 Selection Committee
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(For the season anyway!)
2013 Behind the Store 1st Place Chili Champion
Dave Lazarus from Killeen
2013 Tolbert Ladies State Champion
Nancy Cromer from Fischer, 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.