Son of a Gap
Vol 8 - Issue 12
No Volunteers - No Cook-offs
Too many people who attend cook-offs never volunteer to help with the event. But, without volunteers, cook-offs would not happen. On the other hand, without cooks there are no cook-offs. It gets to be a vicious cycle.
No one gets paid to do the myriad of jobs that go into putting on a cook-off.
Here are some of the basic tasks involved, and plenty of opportunities to volunteer.
Prior to the cook-off:
1) A location, date, charity chosen. Decide what to judge, how much to charge and who to contact about the event.
2) The cook-off paperwork must be submitted for publication 3 months before the cook-off to comply with sanctioning rules.
3) A flyer or poster needs to be created to advertise the event.
3) Trophies must be ordered or made.
4) Flyers need to be sent out or posted to get the word out to potential cooks.
5) Money needs to be raised to pay for the trophies, supplies and have excess to donate to the charity.
6) Appoint a Head Judge and Referee.
7) Assign a Showmanship Head Judge.
8) Judges (particularly for the Final Tables) need to be asked to judge.
9) Gather the chili judging supplies (i.e. spoons, paper towels, trash containers for the tables, palate cleansers, trays for palate cleansers, drinks, ice chests & ice, pencils, multi colored markers) and paperwork (registration sheets, pens and judging sheets), boxes to put chili/bbq entries in. Have a set of rules handy.
During the cook-off:
1) Have someone at the site to organize parking of the cooks.
2) Have people to register cooks, collect entry fees and hand out judging cups and trays.
3 Set up the judging area, table and chairs and trash barrels.
4) Gather judges for each category, making sure you have final table judges chosen early.
5) Showmanship Head Judge needs to solicit judges, and after judging is done, gather the judging sheets, tally and create a list of winners for the announcer.
6) Have people and boxes ready to received the competition categories as they are turned in.
7) Set up a ‘tally area’ to tally (preferably by computer) the completed judging sheets.
8) After tallying, mark the top cups/trays for announcements.
9) Get trophies set up where announcements will be done.
10) Have people to help with announcements.
a) Someone to pull the tickets off the cups
b) Announcer to call number
c) Someone to write down the names and addresses of winners.
11) Have people to clean up the judging area when all is done and store all the supplies.
12) Have someone submit the winners and final paperwork to the Tally Master to get the event’s final sanctioning.
This is just a quick list of jobs, but even if you are cooking, you can still find some time to do one of them.
Remember, no volunteers, no cook-offs!
As most of you know, Susie Thorp is fighting the good fight against nasopharyngeal cancer. Bubba reports she is about one-third of the way through treatment (radiation and chemotherapy), staying positive and is coping with the side effects well. Yeah Susie!!
Paying for all the visits associated with making this dreadful diagnosis, including an MRI with contrast, quickly depleted this working couple's finances. Looks like they have finally made connections with the right resources, and with luck the major financial impact is behind them. A benefit was held on July 23rd out at Ronnie's One Oak Bar in Bastrop to help Bubba and Susie climb out from under the burden of debt.
Brenda Willis reporting...
The Benefit for Susie was a great success. Janice Robertson and her son, Taylor (friends of Susie) hosted it. They don't cook with all of us, but are spectators often at our cookoffs.
The turn out for his amazing lady was tremendous, and it was easy to see the love from everyone there to support her. With the silent auction, live auction, chicken shit bingo, donations, sale of raffle tickets and jello shots, the amount raised far exceeded expectations. We will all continue to support Susie...financially when we can, but always in our thoughts, hearts and prayers.
Donations can be mailed to: Susie and Bubba Thorp, 119 N Austin, Paige TX 78659, or dropped off at Ronnie's One Oak Bar in Bastrop.
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!!!
Many thanks to Justin Gillette of San Marcos for getting this story printed in the San Marcos Daily Record on January 19, 2016. Outstanding PR and advance work for the upcoming February 6th cookoff at the VFW in San Marcos. Justin did a great job of explaining who we are, what we do, and why we do it. Click on the above image for a readable version of the article content.
Congratulations to Marty & Samantha Costello on the birth of their new baby Alyson Olivia on November 16th. Big sister Zoee is gonna love helping Mom out!
Grama Janet Matthews has already declared Alyson to be the newest Martini Girl, so we're betting we see this little one at a cookoff or two on down the road.
Had a nice long chat with Ken Rodd, a notable Castolic and long-time friend of the CTTCG. Ken is getting ready to jump on a jet plane with his wife and his stove headed for Anchorage, Alaska. He is going up there to help run the very first CASI Alaska State Chili Championship cookoff. Displaced chiliheads living in Alaska accepted Ken's challenge to put this inagural event together. Word has it there are about 20 preregistered cooks. Ken and Yolie won't be back in Austin until August 11th in case you were wanting to catch up with 'em.
Remember the big cookoff Ken has hosted for the last several years at the Lone Star RV Park in Austin? You know - the cookoff limited to 75 cooks with a waiting list due to the popularity of an event in the middle of summer at a really cool RV park with cabins and grass, running water and a huge swimming pool. Yes, that one. Well, this year, because so much of the RV park is now rented out in monthly chunks to long-term RVers, the event had to be relocated to the American Legion Post 83 on St. Elmo in Austin.
Winner Kristi Knight (R) receiving her qualification pin from Mama Sue Caffey (L)
With the obvious reduction in amenities, Ken also dropped entry fees accordingly to help entice his CASI bretheren to attend the revamped/renamed/relocated cookoff, and it apparently worked. They had a great turnout for a 100 degree day, with 59 chili samples judged. Ken said the cookoff generated a donation in excess of $3000.
Chili Cooks' Appreciation of Post 83 Chili Cookoff
American Legion Post 83
Director: Ken Rodd
59 Entries Judged/64 Paid Entries
1. Kristi Knight. Qd
2. Mary Ellen Gillen
3. Jessie Waguespack
4. Sue Ann Brooks
5. Sue Caffey
6. Becky Gaut Allen
7. Charmaine Hawthorne Rogers
8. John Caffey
9. Brent Allen
10. Melvin Burton
1. Nadine Karnei - Q
2. Kathy Edmondson
3. Carol Knight
4. Chuck Taylor
5. April McDonald
6. Barbara Cole Taylor
7. Dorothy Hairston Spishock
8. Ed Blair