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Congratulations to Phyllis Greiner from Round Rock for her 1st Place finish at the WC Walden Memorial Chili & BBQ Cookoff in Maxdale on Saturday, April 18th. Phyllis is now qualified to cook Behind the Store this November in Terlingua. Placing 5th at the 2014 Tolbert Ladies State, and 4th at the Brazilian Open earlier this year, Phyllis is no stranger to the winner's circle. She is also a member of the award-winning Texas Show Team.
The full list of winners is posted on the Walden page. Photos? Anybody? If you've got 'em, please share 'em by sending jpeg files to Muffy1951@hotmail.com and we'll get 'em posted straight away.
Congratulations to Candy Ford from Pilot Point, the 2015 CASI Texas Ladies State Chili Champion. The championship was held at the beautiful Max Starke Park in Seguin on April 18th. Bad weather before, during and after had no impact on attendance - there were 188 cooks, including the three ladies below.
Christine Knight-Ober reports that she had such a good time her chili didn't even make it to the quarter finals! Jill Burrows and Deba Center had a real good time too, but made it to quarter finals and semi finals judging, respectively.
A little further north on Sunday the 19th, it was the 2nd Annual KNON Chili Cookoff & Concert in Dallas. Jimmy Rodgers from Denton took home 1st Place Chili out of 33 entries, and Ranger Randell from Dallas won 1st Place Showmanship.
KNON is a Public Broadcast Radio station, and proceeds of this cookoff and concert support their fine programming. Just as last year, Debbie Eiland Turner was the Head Chili Judge. Bud Rozell was the Head Show Judge.
Bud and Debbie both report back that this year's event was bigger and better than the inaugural cookoff last year. Better organization, better promotion, better set up, and better turn out. There were quite a few CASI cooks in the mix too. Really, at this point we should just call 'em Castolics. They're crossing the lines with more frequency, cooking when and where they want to compete.
Wade Dunn from Mineral Wells won 1st Place Chili at the 2015 VFW Post 2399 Spring Cookoff on April 11th. There were 16 chili entries. Glenn Veach, also from Mineral Wells won 1st Place Show with his little show he calls, 'Hawg Wild.' Our Thanks to Jim Bransom for sharing the event results with us.
A belated high five to Scott Pippin from Graford for his 1st Place Chili at the 2nd Annual Relay for Life Chili Cookoff in Graford on April 11th.
Heading up all the judging at this one, Debbie Eiland Turner packed up husband Wayne to shake down their new RV for the event. Wayne is having a blast getting back out to the occasional cookoff. No negative feedback on the new coach.
Debbie reports that the promoters of this event are determined to do it the right way, and were prepared in the sheer number of volunteers they had rounded up for the event. Overseeing everything from registration to announcements, Debbie found the Graford folks excited, enthusiastic and eager to learn. They were thrilled with the end results and are already planning next year's event. We love that kind of report!
We're on a short break now until Ronnie's One Oak out in Bastrop on May 9th. It's a full menu that day, and offers another opportunity for the Junior Cooks to practice their new found cooking skills and earn points toward their Texas State Championship next March! For all the details please see the What's Coming Up page.
That's about it for now! Viva Terlingua!
Is your wardrobe looking a little tattered? Are you looking for a new conversation starter? How about a new chili shirt? Eye-catching black shirts with a CTTCG friendly price tag. Look for Kathy Carriger at an upcoming event, and tell her you want a T from the V!
That's about it for now. Viva Terlingua!
April 10th has come and gone. The Scholarship Selection Committee will be getting together to review all of the applications sometime during the next couple of weeks. When their selections have been made, you can count on it being reported right here!
If you have sent something to me and you have received no response or seen any action taken, please resend to chili.reporter@YAHOO.com and we'll see what happens. My advice: Never trust autocomplete, autofill or SpellCheck.
(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
7 CASI – TICC Champs
3 Tolbert Champs
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.