Everything’s Hotter in LA, Including the Texas Chili

Last Saturday President Powers and I had the honor of being guest judges at the Texas Exes Los Angeles Chapter’s fifth annual chili cook-off. Chili is a food type I enjoy sparingly, so to speak. But spending a day with a bunch of Texas Ex-patriots to celebrate our University and Texas culture, all for the higher good of raising money for students—now that was something I could get into by the heaping spoonful.

Our task was to judge 13 chilis, eight traditional and five “non-traditional.” While there were many delectable entries, I’m pleased to report that a traditional Texas chili prevailed. President Powers took his judging very seriously, considering each thoughtfully, and employing a detailed analysis to rate the submissions. The picture above also shows chili extraordinaire and fellow judge James “Big Boy” Medlin, who helped us pick the winner.

More than 150 Texas Exes attended and helped raise more than $1,500 for the LA Chapter Scholarship fund. All in all, the event was a Texas-sized success and showed our purpose of championing the University as a formidable network of good-hearted people in action.

Less than two weeks from today, on May 12, it will be chili once more, this time at the Texas Exes New York Chapter cook-off. I’m sure the competition will be equally as fierce and the company just as passionate about The University of Texas. I only hope my stomach has recovered by then.

I’d like to thank the LA Chapter for hosting the event. I’m so pleased to know that such a proud group of alumni are representing us well on the West Coast. You do Texas and the University proud!


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