Got my copy of the September/October 2011 edition of Texas Journey (it is the magazine for AAA members). On its cover was the Terlingua Chili Cook-Off and a nice cover I might add. Was looking forward to an equally good article but it was a rather disappointing.
I might of guessed it would be one sided since on the cover it also says “CASI’s annual chili championship heats up the Big Bend”. While I too attend the CASI event there is another chili cook-off going on at the same time called “The Original Terlingua International Chili Championship Cook-off”.
While the majority of the people in West Texas have heard of Terlingua, that is not the case in the rest of the state. This would have been a great opportunity to showcase both cook-offs being that they are right around the corner. November 4th to November 6th to be exact. The writer Dan Oko barely touches on the history of the event and dedicates a short paragraph to the competition down the road.
Mr. Oko mentions the 2009 and 2010 events and even makes reference to the fact that he interviewed a cook who was working on his laptop (This is the desert, but, heck, it’s 2011- this chunk of desert is Wi-Fi equipped”….hello??? The 2011 cook off has not happened yet ((me rolling my eyes)).
He also calls CASI de los Chisos, the formal name of the “scrappy desert property where the cook-off is held”.
It could have been a great article but in my humble opinion it was junk.