This website is made possible by donations received from the individual event promoters. We are much obliged for their continued support.
Still need 'em? Luckily, you still have a few opportunities between now and the end of the month. Starting with two this weekend! Alphabetically we'll start with Blanco and the fundraiser to replace the roof on the historical Twin Sisters Dance Hall.
Questions to Doug Higgins. 512.393.9436
Also on September 24th, but in the opposite direction -
Those of you with eagle eyes may detect a revision to the above flier. For the rest of you, the change has to do with the Sunday event. There was a little miscommunication and the second day event did not meet sanctioning guidelines. Our bad! However, on the bright side we're gonna call it Cowboy Chili instead, and all monies collected will go into the CTTCG Behind the Store Operating Fund.
What is Cowboy Chili? Anything goes. We're looking for the best tasting chili. Something you're proud to feed your friends and family. We don't care if there are bits and chunks easily identified. More the merrier! This is about Bragging Rights!
Let heads or tails decide! One thing is for sure - you need to go put on a pot of red. Terlingua is right around the corner, and now is the time to check out that new stove, or fine tune that recipe a bit. Try the new tomato sauce before you get out West and decide you don't like it. Go for the practice if you don't need the points. But, for goodness' sake, go cook chili!
In spite of the low turnout because of the nasty weather, We raised $1,400 and VFW Post 8927 donated $356 to CTTCG Scholarship Fund.
In support of community needs, the Central Texas Tolbert Chili Group recently donated $1,090 to Zach’s Voice for the purchase of 2 Ipods with cases and communication applications for two Autistic children in Caldwell & Bastrop County.
On behalf of the group $500 was spent at Susie Thorp's benefit during the auction, investing on a few select items which will reappear at a future event to raise money for charity.
CTTCG also donated $1,023 to A.W.A.R.E., through a Cedar Hall fund raiser sponsored by the Reguladores Group. A.W.A.R.E. is a horseback riding facility next to Tanger Mall in San Marcos for handicapped individuals.
Before we get into the recap of Mollie's 1st Annual Cook-off benefiting Make-A-Wish of South and Central Texas, we'd like to talk about the promoter, Mollie.
This little gal is only 16. She has been exposed to the world of competition chili for a pretty short time - especially when you take her age into account. Having said that, we gotta give her props. The cook-off was her idea from the get-go. She investigated and involved her chosen charity. She enlisted a long list of sponsors, she designed and had produced t-shirts (which sold entirely out!) and trophy cutting boards. She recruited a full team of volunteers, conducted meetings, assigned tasks and duties. She secured donations for the auction and even lined up a real auctioneer! Long and short: She stayed focused and saw the event all the way through, without wavering, or losing interest. You know what else she did? She exceeded her set goal. Instead of the $15K she hoped for, she raised a whopping $20,000.00 which will fulfill the wishes of four children in the Bastrop/Caldwell County area!!!!
And, for those of you that are curious about a 16-year-old being at the helm - why not? She obviously did a good job, and there are no age restrictions on anything in the Tolbert Rules except the age of a chili cook-off contestant. We would be lucky to have more Mollies join ranks with the Central Texas Tolbert Chili Group.
Congratulations to Pam Brown from San Marcos on her 1st Place Chili win at Mollie's, beating out 34 other chili cooks on a hot, rain-drenched August day. Tending pit fires is pretty miserable business during the summer, albeit rainy, but there were an astonishing 35 ribs entries and 30 briskets! Top honors went to Bubba Thorp and Jeremy Lynch, respectively.
The Junior Chili Cook-off had 9 contestants. 1st Place went to Riley B., a 10-year-old 4th grader from Waelder, Texas. Knowing who the grandparents are, we're betting on it being a family recipe.
Basically, Mollie's 1st Annual Cook-Off benefiting Make-A-Wish was a Tolbert Junior Chili Cook-off with an adult competition thrown in. Because of this, the junior cooks were allowed to participate in other categories. In the Non-Alcoholic Beverage Mix Off, second place went to an 8-year-old 3rd grader from Brenham named Hunter. He also won 2nd Place in the Salsa contest, and 4th in the Junior Chili. Clearly this little guy is gonna be a force to be reckoned with when it comes to cooking some day!
There were two notable items in the live auction. The first was a 3-day beach trip/condo rental in Port Aransas bought by Melissa and Mike Voigt for $1,000.
The second was a bottle cap U.S. flag that was made and donated by Kathy Carriger, Samuel Tucker, Holly Morkovsky, and Mollie Carriger.
This being the first one made, hypercritical of her own handiwork, Kathy made the mistake of saying, “If this goes for $100, I’ll be excited, if this goes for $200, I’ll be elated! If this goes for $500, I’ll do a cartwheel.” Mollie made sure the auctioneer knew about Kathy's declaration. Mike Hilbig gladly drove the price up to $1000 and Kathy had to do two cartwheels. Said she had no idea she could even do it to begin with. CTTCG and the Terry Wright family bought the flag and it will be auctioned off in Terlingua this November. More cartwheels to come!
All-in-all, the event was a huge success. Mollie wanted us to thank everyone that sponsored, cooked, donated, bought, volunteered, or helped in any way, with very special thanks to Paul Galloway for the fantastic cutting board trophies, and Cyndie Meurth for the Mason jars awarded in the Beverage contest.
A huge thanks to all the sponsors for their support. Please patronize the businesses listed below when you can!
The full list of winners and a nice slide show are posted on Mollie's Make A Wish page.
BB's Birthday Bash Chili and BBQ Cook-off on August 13, 2016 was held at the VFW in Lockhart despite the miserable forecast. And, for those brave enough to cook, they were rewarded with a giant downpour right after chili turn in. Guess things got a little muddy!
There were 22 chili entries and Dwight Hamilton won 1st Place Chili, and is FINALLY qualified for Terlingua! He was so excited! Jamie Brown is now qualified too, while hubby Sam is 2 points closer.
The full list of winners is posted on the BB's Birthday Bash page, and once Dwight figures out how to download pictures from his Smart(?) phone, we'll have a slide show for ya'll. We'll let you know how this develops.
There was a 50/50 drawing and Robin Urbanski won $166.50.
A big thank you to Sam Brown and his Band for playing Friday night! As always, they were great!
Terlingua and the 50th Annual Original Terlingua International Championship Chili Cook-off may be more than two months away, but the wheels are turning and fund raising is at the forefront of many people's minds.
Bubba Thorp and his Pants on the Ground cooking team will be auctioning off this super cool, 24x24 inch, one-of-a-kind neon sign at the 50th, with all proceeds going to ALS. Date, and time of the auction has not been announced yet, but no worries - we'll let you know just as soon as we have the detailed information. In the meantime, check it out, and somebody tell Paulette Hayter this really needs to hang at Cedar Hall!
The Central Texas Tolbert Group has undertaken the production expense of an officially licensed Tolbert 50th Anniversary OTICCC flag, and they are available now!
Featuring the 50th logo, these full color, eye-catching flags are a standard 3x5 feet in size with sewn edges and grommets for ease in hanging. Dwight Hamilton is the man to talk to - he's holding the inventory! The cost is $35, with a portion of the proceeds going directly to Behind the Store's operation fund. Shipping is extra. Click on the image above for a printable PDF order form.
Ken Sperry from Harker Heights has some real nice cutting boards, laser-etched with the OTICCC 50th logo too.
Size is approximately 12x15 inches. Ken is selling these for $30 apiece, and all proceeds are earmarked for Behind the Store's operation fund. Ken will have a supply with him in Rockne on August 20th for Mollie's Cookoff. You can also contact Ken by phone at 254-290-1950 to place an order.
With ALS as the beneficiary, Jack Potter, Tom Nall and the Cowboy Camp are sponsoring several different raffles, over and above the usual.
First on the list is a free-standing propane stove to be raffled off on Friday night, November 4th during the Chris Regas/ALS Dinner at Cowboy Camp. Wendell Rankin has been commissioned to paint a heavy-duty camp stove to depict the 20-year history of the Cowboy Camp and the evolution from a Greek-themed birthday celebration for Chris Regas to the present day ALS dinner. Tickets for the stove are $20 each (only 500 available, with all efforts being made to sell all tickets beforehand), and the winner need not be present to win. Contact Jack Potter for tickets.
Cowboy Camp is also going to raffle off this Savannah 6-string acoustic guitar on Saturday, November 5th during the headliner band's first break. It would look good hanging on any wall, and talk about a conversation piece!
Tickets are $20 each (only 500 available, with all efforts being made to sell all tickets beforehand), and the winner need not be present to win. Contact Jack Potter for tickets.
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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
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 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.