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It's been a spell. News coming back out of Luling on the Roughneck took a bit, but now that we've confirmed sanctioning, we can finally tell ya'll who won what.
Jane Reina from Del Valle was the 1st Place winner this year. And, what a difference 12 months can make - Jane came in 10th last season. Mona Schlieper came in 2nd, and Andy "Junior" Dalton landed in the 3rd Place spot. Full stats can be found on the Roughneck page. Photos? Anyone? Photos?
Jane is, of course, qualified to cook this November in Terlingua. Did you know all first place chili winners throughout the season are automatically qualified and are invited to participate Behind the Store - irregardless of the association's banner under which they cook. Yep, Tolbert recognizes the wins of ICS and CASI, giving them equal weight, if you will. It's just how nice Tolbert is, and says a lot about who we are.
The Roughneck BBQ Cook Off is an IBCA sanctioned Barbecue Cook-off, and the Chili Cook Off is a Tolbert sanctioned Chili Cook-off.
Unfortunately there was only one entry form used for registration, and it was all distilled down to computer imput - IBCA's, and when the final audit was completed during the Tolbert sanctioning process, a couple of irregularities were discovered. Bottom line: 8th Place Chili was disqualified. There was no matching registration. Can't win if you didn't enter. It's quite possible the entry was buried in one of those irregular entries where it turned out to be two cooks on one line, but there was no common address with what the winner supplied to the person recording the winners that day. So, it is totally impossible to figure out at this late date. It does, however, point out the problems we have had historically when hooking up with the barbecue sanctioning groups. Their forms take priority with little consideration given to the importance accuracy on the chili entries too. Sorry Ashley. You can keep the trophy but no chili points have been given.
On with the good news! There were 43 chili samples turned in, and 52 bbq cooks. By scoring the most points across all events - guess who won All-Around - our own Bubba Thorp!! Way to go Bub!! By the way - Bubba and his lovely wife Susie are hosting the Ronnie's One Oak Cook-off in Bastrop on May 7th. Gonna be a good event with lots of barbecue, chili, laughter and outrageous story telling! Details can be found on the What's Coming Up page.
Also on April 2nd, but way down the road in Johnson City, the Texas Men's State Chili Cookoff (CASI) was held. There were 107 participants with 1st Place Chili being awarded to Eldon Hiley from Hye, Texas. Second Place winner was Larry Walton from Robinson, and Ken Armand from Houston took 3rd Place.
The Texas Junior Men's State Chili Cookoff had six entries and was won by Harvey West's 10-year-old grandson Ryan who lives up in Telephone, Texas. Our current Tolbert Junior Men's Champ, Andrew K. from Cibolo came in 3rd.
On April 9th at the VFW Post 2527 out in Rockne at the Ernest Bartsch Memorial Chili & BBQ Cook-Off, a brand new cook was the top winner - Mr. Doug Westfall from Red Rock, Texas.
The thrill of victory first time out. How many of us can say that?! Doug is now qualified to cook Behind the Store this November at the 50th Annual Original Terlingua International Championship Chili Cook-Off, and word has it he is eagerly looking forward to it. Said he and the missus went to Terlingua a couple of years ago, but not to cook. Bound to be a totally different kind of experience this year Doug, but don't worry - we got your back, and Welcome to the Central Texas Tolbert Chili Group!
Backwoods Cookers from Del Valle took 1st Place Show, led by the nimble and light-footed, naturally dark-haired Bob Senff. Believe it or he is turning 89 on Tuesday, April 19th! Bet there's a party somewhere taking place in his honor, and if not - well, there should be!
Happy Birthday Bob!!
Chairman for the Ernest Bartsch Memorial Cook-off, Kathy Carriger, reports the 50/50 was won by Robert Henderson who won $220 and donated $110 back. The Booze Basket was won by Mary Harrison.
We'd like to extend a very special Thank You to Ron Faulstich for trying on the auctioneer hat for a small live auction at the Bartsch Memorial. He did a fantastic job! Through Ron's efforts, the silent auction, the raffles and entry fees, the CTTCG raised $5,835 for the VFW Scholarship Fund! Yep, we did good again.
No pictures (unless you took some and haven't shared, and if that's the case - get after it!) but all the stats are posted on the Bartsch Memorial page.
On April 10th, Pendery's World of Spices threw their 3rd Annual Charity Chili Challenge on the grounds of SMU in Dallas. This is a very unique cook-off - it involves all three chili associations. While you have to be a member to cook in the ICS division and participate in their Texas State Chili Championship, CASI and Tolbert cook together, competing for the bragging rights and the kick rump polished aluminum Top Hat champagne bucket trophies.
The results: Major success! In attendance there were 10 CASI Terligua Champions, 1 Tolbert Terlingua Champion, and 6 ICS World Champions for a total of 17 Cooks who have won a Championship. In the mix, 8 different states represented.
2016 ICS TEXAS STATE WINNERS
Salsa: 15 Entries
3. Suzanne Sweet – Dallas, Texas
2. David Campbell – Fort Worth, Texas
1. Louis Gonzales – Paint Rock, Texas
Verde: 11 Entries
3. Bob Hall – Taylorville, Illinois
2. Kevin Foley – Galveston, Texas
1. Lynn Virant – Omaha, Nebraska
Red: 30 Entries
3. Ben Stewart – Dallas, Texas
2. Kelly Walker – Marshall, Texas
1. Kevin Foley – Galveston, Texas
CASI/Tolbert: 68 Entries
10. Patti Meyers Jones – Athens, Texas
9. Beth Baxter – Grand Prairie, Texas
8. Jerry Hunt – Shreveport, LA
7. Judy Russell – Shreveport, LA
6. Kelly Walker – Marshall, Texas
5. Charmaine Rogers – San Antonio, Texas
4. Donna Foley – Galveston, Texas
3. Grace Walton – Robinson, Texas
2. James Burns – Point, Texas
1. Rachel Longabaugh – Pilot Point, Texas
The best part: A Little over $100,000 was raised for charity with an emphasis on Cancer Charities and Homeless Housing.
Congratulations to the promoters as well as the participants and winners.
CASI's Texas Ladies State was held at Max Starcke Park in Seguin on April 16th. Great turn out with 191 cooks, including quite a few CTTCG ladies. Rumor is, there were 12 showman- ship teams too. The perimeter of the pavilion was very, very colorful.
Congratulations to Maria Rerich from Weimar, Texas.
Alas, none of the CTTCG ladies got the opportunity to walk across the stage, except there was one Tolbert cook that did place, receive the recognition and took home a trophy...
Tayler B. from Kyle won 4th Place in the Little Miss Chili contest - out of a field of 15. Hooray for Tay!!!
Last but not least we wanted to bring you up to speed on last month's Texas State. The final total raised at the 2016 Al Hopkins-Tolbert Texas State Chili Championship was $9812 and set a record!!! Woo Hoo!
Fattened the CTTCG bank account enough so the 2016 Mike "BB" Hughes Memorial Scholarship committee was given permission to select ten worthy students to receive a scholarship next month.
We received 16 applications this year, and truly wish we could have given all of them a scholarship, so the decision was difficult. Can't tell you who was selected until we actually let the kiddos know. Check back on or after May 20th and we'll fill you in on all of the recipients.
Happy Trails Until We Meet Again, and Viva Terlingua!
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(For the season anyway!)
2013, 2014 AND 2015 Behind the Store 1st Place Chili Champion
Dave Lazarus from Killeen
2016 Tolbert Texas Men's State Champion
David Lazarus from Killeen, Texas
yep, same fella.
Heather Burdick from San Marcos
2016 Tolbert Ladies State Champion
Mike Behr, Manchaca, Texas
2015 and 2016 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 the Hill Country Mission for Health, 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.