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Jumping into their new season, the Junior cooks have the opportunity to gather points toward the 2016 Junior Tolbert Texas State Chili Championship next March. Remember: It takes 5 participants for a cookoff to be sanctioned.
Congratulations to Mike Behr from Manchaca, Texas for his 1st Place win at the 2015 Al Hopkins-Tolbert Texas State Chili Championship held in Lockhart on March 21st. Mike beat out 54 other contestants for the top honors and is now qualified to cook Behind the Store this November in Terlingua.
Jill Burrows of Lockhart placed 2nd, and Laury McCullough (me!) got 3rd Place Chili, and we are also qualified to cook Behind the Store this November.
1st Place Show, Dead Boot Chili... me! Looks like I'll be having a little funeral in November. Bring Kleenex.
Congratulations to Andrew K. of Cibolo, Texas for his 1st Place Chili at the 2015 Tolbert Texas State Junior Chili Championship. Thanks and congratulations to all of the kids who participated in this inaugural event. They did a great job, even being isolated from their families as they were. They needed minimal technical assistance, they had their recipes, they clearly knew what they were doing, and according to one of the final table judges, "...they could'a wupped the adults!"
With a point accrual system, a set season and a minimal number of competitors for a cookoff to be sanctioned, the Junior Chili Division is much like the adult version, with one major exception: there is no automatic qualifying by winning a single cookoff. The junior cooks must compete multiple times to accrue the necessary points to cook at the Tolbert Texas State Junior Chili Championship. These kids are interested and they love the competition. The more often we hold Junior events, the better. Hook 'em and keep 'em. Nourish them and they will grown. Remember, when all of us retire, they're the ones that are going to keep the torches burning. Viva Terlingua!
A huge and heartfelt thank you to Cecelia Stroessner-Clark for all the hard work, and worry she has taken on as Director of the Junior Chili Division. She's doing a terrific job, we're mighty proud of her, and pleased as punch she is a member of the Central Texas Tolbert Chili Group.
The barbecue portion of the program was run by the Lone Star Barbecue Society, and they all went away happy. Big payouts across the top three places in all three meat categories, and the winner of the Jackpot beans also took home a handsome $370 as his half of the purse.
The Grand Champion was Ernest Servantes and the Reserve Grand Champion was Joey Smith.
The barbecue folks weren't the only ones taking home money either. Bethany Castenada won the Spirit Wagon (which raised $560), and Vicki Schneider won the 50/50, taking home a cool $272 for having bought a raffle ticket!
A big round of applause to Janet Matthews, Debbi Tucker, Donald Schneider, Tommy and Jenna Gregg, Ron Faulstitch, Parks Manager Chris Sager and his crew, Donald’s Jewels: Vicki, Samantha, Bethany, Lisa, Brittani, Frankie, Sarah, Zoee, Deba and Bill Center for all their hard work throughout the cook off.
It takes a village, ya know?
Being the conservative stewards we are, after the last trailer and motor home had been pulled out the mud, Donald Schneider and Matthew Sturn took turns leveling the terrain again and Janet Matthews, inspired by Johnny Appleseed, scattered native grass seed to help bring this section of the beautiful Lockhart City Park back to life.
A huge thank you to all of our sponsors, including Butch Franks Rentals, United Contractors, Mild Bill's Spices, Printing Solutions/Sparkman & Associates, Garage Door Services, Windsor Doors, , 130 Environmental Park, ExploreUSA, Lockhart Motor Company, George Williams at Caldwell County Real Estate, Brown's Water Well Drilling, Mary Metz, Great Clips, Dead Boot Chili, the Texas Martini Girls and Will & Cindy Burk with Riata and Blue. Please visit our sponsor page and patronize their businesses when you can.
After all the expenses and award payouts we managed to raise just shy of $6K, a nice tiddy sum and a tremendous asset as we contemplate this year's Mike "BB" Hughes Memorial Scholarships, due to be announced mid-May. Thank you to all the participants - we hope you had a good time and plan to cook again next year at the Al Hopkins-Tolbert Texas State Chili Championship the third weekend of March 2016.
We're on a two week hiatus now until the Ernest Bartsch Memorial Cookoff out in Rockne on April 4th at the VFW Post 2527. Kathy Carriger is getting her feet wet and will be heading up this event. We are confident that the weather will be much better.
Until then, Viva Terlingua!
Condolences to Larry Williamson for the loss of his mother on March 6th.
PDF of the scholarship application.
Yes, it's a Sunday cookoff. Yes, it's a long way to go. However, it is a real special event, and sometimes doing something special means cooking chili a long way from home on a Sunday. We've already got a few folks signing up - how about you?
Pendery's is again renting canopies, tables, chairs and fire extinguishers for cooks not wanting to bring in their own. There is no word as yet on parking, loading in or loading out.
We got a message the other day regarding hotel accommodations close to the cookoff venue from Jim Stoddard:
Hello Chili Cooks!!!
I have blocked off some rooms at the La Quinta Uptown which is very close to the SMU campus for the Pendery’s Chili Cookoff. Please find the rates for the two nights below. The second night is discounted if one so chooses to stay an additional night.
To receive DISCOUNTED HOTEL RATE, Call 800.642.4239, Hit Option #1 by MARCH 23RD. Tell them you are with the Pendery’s Chili Cookoff group.
Arrival Date: 4/11/2015
Departure Date: 4/13/2015
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We are looking at optional places to meet Saturday night for dinner/drinks. The Old Monk is one great option within walking distance of the La Quinta, but we may have a space issue depending on the number of people who are interested.
For complete details and entry fees please visit www.penderys.com.
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(For the season anyway!)
2013 AND 2014 Behind the Store 1st Place Chili Champion
Dave Lazarus from Killeen
Lisa Edwards from Kendalia, Texas
2014 Tolbert Ladies State Chili Champion of Texas
2015 Tolbert Texas Men's State Champion
Mick Joplin, Lakeside Village, Texas
2015 Tolbert Texas State Winner
Mike Behr, Manchaca, Texas
Mike "BB" Hughes & Dwight Hamilton, BFF
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 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.