Media contacts: Greg Griffin, HBAA Chili & Pie Cook-Off Co-Chair 713.655.1200, 281.413.1862 mobile, GregGriffin@mehaffyweber.com
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Winners and Supporters of Houston Bar Association Auxiliary Third Annual Chili and Pie Cook-Off Announced
HOUSTON, Texas (Feb. 20, 2017) – The Houston Bar Association Auxiliary (“HBAA”) hosted its third annual Chili and Pie Cook-Off on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, raising a record-setting $20,500 from chili entries, pie entries, and silent auction supporters. Proceeds from this event will be used to fund scholarships for local law school students at University of Houston Center of Law, South Texas College of Law, and Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Scholarship winners will be announced at the annual HBAA Spring Luncheon at Tony’s on April 3, 2017.
Held at Bayou City Events Center Pavilion in Houston, this family friendly event featured 15 chili teams and 17 pie entries. The event was hosted by the Houston Bar Association Auxiliary in partnership with Houston Young Lawyers Association and Houston Bar Association.
The Winners Sitting District and Appellate court judges cast their vote for Best Chili. Professional “Pie Blogger” Sharron Sanborn and Nick Stepp judged Best Pie, and Houston Young Lawyers Association President Arthur Bryan judged Best Decorated Booth. Patrons of the event also had the opportunity to cast their vote for People’s Choice.
Scoring for the chili entries was based on a possible 40 percent for taste; 30 percent for consistency; and 30 percent for presentation, and the competition was fierce!
Best Chili winners were: First Place, Come & Take It “hickory-smoked brisket chili” sponsored by Lane Law firm; Second Place, Brace Yourself “traditional chili” sponsored by Gary Orloff of Bracewell LLP; and Third Place, The Firemen “Where There's Smoke There's Fire Smoked Brisket Chili” sponsored by Exxon Mobil.
The People’s Choice Chili Award -- “Premium Beef and Venison Traditional Texas Chili” -- went to the Red-Hot Chili Badgers sponsored by Hazel Donato and Friends.
Pies were scored based on a possible 50 percent for taste and 50 percent for presentation. The Best Pie winners are: First Place, Apple Crumb with Caramel Pie baked by Tasha Snipes of Bracewell LLP; Second Place, Green Grape Pie baked by Sabra Wechsler with Exxon Mobil; and Third Place, Strawberry Rhubarb Pie baked by Pat Brown of Pennino and Partners.
The Best Booth Award went to Exxon Mobil. Exxon Mobil’s team adopted a “Fire House” theme, which included simulated flames and smoke emerging from a cast iron smoker. This year marked the third consecutive year that Exxon Mobil entered the competition with the same Fire House theme, proving for the Exxon Mobil team that “third time’s a charm.”
Purpose The Houston Bar Association Auxiliary’s mission is to assist the Houston Bar Association, the Houston Young Lawyers Association, and the State Bar of Texas, in promoting a better understanding and relationship between the general public and the legal profession through community service projects and encouraging social relations among its members.
“The Houston Bar Association Auxiliary membership is comprised of spouses and significant others of Houston Bar Association members. We also have members who are attorneys or who simply support the legal community. All of us on the Chili and Pie Cook Off planning committee are thrilled that this event is growing each year, and that we can meet and exceed our goal of raising $15,000 to support scholarships for aspiring lawyers. Some may wonder why law school students might need financial assistance. The reality is that many men and women do not pursue their higher education dreams because of financial concerns,” commented Phyllis Dent, Houston Bar Association Auxiliary Charitable Fund “The HBAA is proud of the fact that we can help ease the burden in some way for three Houston area law school students each year. The quality of the scholarship applicants and recipients over the years has been outstanding. Many of our recipients have graduated and gone on to accomplish valuable services for our community, their clients and many causes.”
Clay Gates and his Hattrick Band provided live entertainment for the dancing and listening pleasure of the attendees. Children’s activities, including wooden rolling horses seen darting across the Pavilion were also well organized by HBAA President-Elect Lisa Sharp, and were very much appreciated by parents and guardians. Complimentary beer was provided by Houston’s own St. Arnold’s Brewery, 8th Wonder Brewery, and Karbach Brewery. Chili Dogs were provided by the HBAA Charitable Fund.
Please see Pages 3 and 4 for a list of judges, committee members, sponsors, in kind product and service providers, and others involved in supporting this event.
$3000 Pie Sponsor Hughes Watters Askanase LLP $1000 Jalapeno Pepper Sponsors Donato, Minx, Brown & Pool Mackie Wolf Zientz Mann The Law Office of D. Horowitz III GulfStream Legal Group HBAA Charitable Fund Chili Queens
$500 Chili Pepper Sponsors Hallmark P.I. EasyServe Chase Private Client Services Sue Johnson, Heritage Texas Properties
$250 Hot Tamale Sponsors Grayson L. Davis, PLLC Law Office of A.L. “Dick” Dent III
Committee Members Greg Griffin, Dominique Varner—Co-Chairs Hazel Donato Susan Osterberg Shameeza Alli Diane Lee Kristen Bates Phyllis Dent Sarah Robbins Sabrina Neff Lisa Sharp Veronica Montemayor (HYLA)
In-Kind Contributors of Products and Services: Media/Public Relations Sponsor - Pennino and Partners
Beer Sponsors - Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Karbach Brewing Company, and 8th Wonder Brewery