Wednesday, June 27, 2012
From Dave Hewlett:
June 23rd, 2012 Garland Texas.
What an event full weekend. It started as a great Garland ELKs CCO on June 23rd with 39 great CASI CHILI cooks coming to aid us in putting on a great show for the Liontv company. The Liontv company had called me a week ago and asked if they could come out to CASI CCO and bring 2 of their hosts to cook. They were David Fung and Andrew Fung.
Seems these 2 hosts live in Los Angeles, CA but are from Asia and were brothers who wanted to experience American food and not fast food. They wanted to come and cook chili and learn all about our favorite hobby. Tom Dozer supplied the cooking supplies and spices for one brother and Nancy Hewlett supplied the others. Tom assisted the one cook and Roger Foltz the other in learning and cooking the chili. In the head to head judging event of the 2 chilies Nancy’s
spices won out but in the normal CASI judging process the spices and cook assisted by Tom Dozer won out. Yes they both used “Mild Bills Spices” and both made final table.
We also had a single head to head judging event where the 2 Liontv hosts chili were judged against each other by our 4 CASI TICC world champion chili cooks. These 2 hosts being brothers made the event even more fun.
Jim Ezell (CASI BOD) provided the interface with the Liontv company and gathered together 4 of our past TICC champion cooks, Roger Foltz, Tom Dozer, Doris Coats and Bob Coats. Included also was Gil Hewlett who had won the 2012 Southwest Open CCO in Durant. The “CASI Renegades” chili cooking team lead the way setting up their pop ups in a long row and displayed the signs of our many great CASI sponsors. The “Renegades team” is led by Tom Dozer, of course. By the way the temp was around 99 to 100 and it was hot.
The Garland Elks hosted the event and provided the Judges and the judging area. We were also honored by Judge Horn from Hunt County cooking and judging chili. As always the Elks were a great host. The Garland Elks Lodge #1984 host 5-6 CCO’s each year and they are a “Friends Of CASI” member.
We did have a bean cooking event and Renee Griffin won beating Nancy Hewlett who got second place. Tim Wardlaw won 1st place chili both days. He said he would return next year.
The event video will appear on YouTube on July 2nd. You can scan for the name “Hungry” and “Liontv” to find the video. I will post in the CASI BLOG the details as they become available. Liontv web site is http://www.liontv.com/Usa/Home, if one would like to review the many great videos they produce.
From Richard Knight:
Correction to picture of First GP Meeting:
Front Row: (L-R) : Vann York, BOD - James Atherton, Houston Pod - Clyde Griffin, Highland Lake Pod, Brent Burleson, Heart of Texas Pod, and Bill Brown, Top of Texas Pod (For Jim Redd).
From Jennifer Sherfield:
It's WEDNESDAY and time to review the CCOs planned for this weekend! It promises to be a really hot weekend here in West Texas. It was only 108 yesterday and it suppose to stay this way throught the weekend. So if you are cold, come on to West texas and "Warm UP!"
Jun 30, 2012-001 - Sierra Blanca, TX CASI. Annual Sierra Blanca CCO The CCO is held at the Sierra Blanca Community Park. Often times, Friday night is "Movie on the Wall" night, open to everyone, free of charge. Saturday night there is usually a "Community Dance" in the park. Beans, Salsa, and Guacamole competition $5 for each category. This CCO benefits the Sierra Blanca Community "Seniors Scholarship Program". RV dry camping at the park is available free. RV parks are also located in central Sierra Blanca. Motels are available too. CASI entry fee $20.00. Turn-in is at 4:00 p.m. Make checks payable to The Pod of the Pass. Contact Carol Straughan 915- 852-3599 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jun 30, 2012-002 - Marathon, TX CASI. Marathon TX Cowboy Cookoff Located at Marathon TX Community Center (N 2nd Street and Avenue D). Entry fee is $20 turn in is at 2:00 PM. Chili Grind only. Information contact Betty Ramirez 432-386-4531 cell 432-294-0608 This is the first day of a double header cookoff. See July 1st for Mustang Chili Cookoff.
Jun 30, 2012-003 - Hernando, MS CASI. Hernando VFW Chili Cook off Located at the Hernando VFW, 4263 HWY 51. Proceeds help Jimmy Miller purchase a van. CASI entry fee $20.00 Turn in is at 1:00 PM. There will be raffles, silent auction, bake sale, cooked crawfish for sale and also Boston butts. There will also be a car show and a motorcycle poker run. For more infomation contact Tanna Jones at 901-836-9478; email@example.com or Lynne Murry 662-526-5722; firstname.lastname@example.org. This cookoff is on advertising probation.
Jul 1, 2012-001 - Marathon, TX CASI. Mustang Chili Cookoff Located at Marathon TX Community Center (N 2nd Street and Avenue D) Entry fee is $20 turn in 12:00 noon. Chili Grind only. Information contact Betty Ramirez 432-386-4531 cell 432-294-0608 This is the second day of a double header cookoff. See June 30th for Cowboy Cookoff.
Jul 4, 2012-001 - Sierra Vista, AZ CASI. 22nd Annual Welcome Home Desert Storm CCO. Located at Veterans Memorial Park on Fry Blvd. Sierra Vista, AZ. CASI entry fee $15.00, turn in is at 12:30 PM. Benefits San Pedro Kiwanis Club. Make checks payable to High Desert Pod. Dry camping, cook where you camp. Cooks dinner Friday evening. Fried Chicken provided. Contact Sunny Fichtl at 520-459-2081 or email@example.com.
Jul 4, 2012-002 - Vienna, VA CASI. Virginia State Championship Located at Vienna Community Center 120 Cherry St. NE Vienna, Virginia 22180. CASI entry fee $25.00, turn in is at 2:00 PM. Benefits Vienna Volunteer Fire Department. Make checks payable to CASINOVA Pod. Contact Dick DeiTos 3230 Atlanta St, Fairfax, VA 22030; 703-273-5075; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jul 4, 2012-003 - Stonewall, TX CASI. All American Cookoff Celebrate Independence Day in the beautiful Texas Hill Country at Becker Vineyards, three miles west of Stonewall. Huge public and festive atmosphere make this a fun day for all and a great place to perform showmanship. Cooks' party with gourmet food and complimentary wine tasting from Texas best winery. Special Hill Country Wine Getaway prize for People's Choice. Please bring extra chili for our hungry crowd and your chance to win People's Choice. Special gift for all cooks. No RV parking on site but rv parks and motels are handy to this location. For more information, contact Alan Dean, 512-567-2835 or email@example.com Entry fee $20 turn-in is at 2 PM. Make checks payable to Pod on the Perdernales Benefits Habitat For Humanity.