TICC November 2015

This November my dad attended the annual CASI Terlingua International Chili Championship in Terlingua, Texas. This event is the largest cook-off on the CASI chili circuit, making successes gained here the pinnacle of any chili-cook's competitive career. The largest cook-off, involving nearly 300 cooks takes place on Saturday, however, the week prior is full of a variety of fun events and competitions. This year he competed in the SOTOL Pod Chili Cook-off , the salsa competition and BTS (behind the store) all before the final cook-off on Saturday November 7th.

In addition to my dad's success his friends also placed in various competitions: Suzanne Sweet (1st place salsa), Deanna Castillo (top 5 in the world championship), and Herman Everett (9th place SOTOL cco).

Below are photos from the events in Terlingua, the small town in South Texas that inspired the name for this business.

Of course, regardless of how many cooks you may place above, the true winners are the charities that benefit from the proceeds earned at every cook-off. That is what truly makes chili cook-offs an exceptional pastime. A hobby that allows you to give back to the community you are cooking in develops you as a cook and as a person.

Thank you for every single person that has ever attended or cooked in a CASI chili cook-off. You have made a difference in the lives of many people, mine included. Thank you for taking your passions and applying them in such a way that you can give back to the community.

Good luck and happy cooking!

Kelsey Dozier

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