Chili Cookoff 2014!

chili1Yep…it was hot, hot, hot!  The annual C.A.T.C.H. Committee’s Chili Cookoff and Dinner was a huge success.  From mild to smokin’ spicy hot, we noshed on proud entries.  Our esteemed panel of judges, Dr. Stewart, Coach Timm, chili2Bella, Mr. Fio, Mrs. Worley, and Mr. Van sampled 16 family entries and collaborated to determine the winners.  Congratulations to:

  • 5th Place:  “Momma’s Mean Beef Chili” and the Hurst Family
  • 4th Place:  “Chili De’Lite'” and Nurse Sullivan
  • 3rd Place:  “Your Daddy Can’t Handle It” and the Huse Family
  • 2nd Place:  “SW Roo Chili” and the Hampton Family
  • 1st Place:  “Lone Star Chili” and the Pirotte Family (with bragging rights for the next year!)

chili3Our People’s Choice Award this year went to “Awesome Adin’s Chili” and the Shaver Family.

Special thanks to our wonderful C.A.T.C.H. Committee, Family Events Committee, our staff members volunteers, and families who set-up, served, laughed, and participated in the food, fellowship, and family fun.  Here’s hoping you make plans now to join us next year for a spicy good time!

Chili Cook-Off Time, y’all!

Chili2The 4th annual LME C.A.T.C.H. Committee Chili Cook-Off and Dinner is set for next Thursday, February 20 in the cafe from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Enter your award-winning chili for Chili1our panel of expert judges to taste (judging starts @ 6:15) with prizes awarded for People’s Favorite, 2nd Runner-up, 1st Runner-up, and Grand Prize.  Participate in the PTO Meeting from 6:30 – 7:00 and then buy a bowl of chili to eat for only $1.00.  No reservations are needed and we always have a huge turnout and LOTS of family fun!  Just like our reminder posters say, “Get Ready for Spicy” because it’s “Hot! Hot! Hot!”  Can YOU take the heat?  🙂

Chili Cookoff!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe enJOYed a festive evening of food, fun, and fellowship at the annual CATCH Committee Chili Cookoff event last night here at LME.  Our CATCH Committee planned several active family-oriented events for our learning community throughout the year (no-TV events, Rowdy Runners, Family Nights, etc.); this was one such gathering.  There were 16 homemade chili entries and the judges had a challenging time picking their favorites.  Congratulations to all the winners, especially the grand prize winner (with bragging rights), Whitney!

Special thanks to our chili judges:  Coach Timm, Mrs. Worley, Mr. Chadwell, and Mrs. Walk!  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThanks to our CATCH Committee:  Coach Rogers, Nurse Sullivan, Mrs. Bass, Mrs. Garippa, Mrs. Dickard, Ms. Trish, and Coach Martin.  Thanks to all the great chili cooks and servers as well as our families who came out to share a meal and fellowship with us!

No-TV and Chili, please!

We had an extraordinary turnout this evening for our annual LME Chili Cook-off Family Event!  Special thanks to the Miller CATCH Committee who regularly sponsors our No-TV Family Events throughout the school year; they did an amazing job (as usual) and this particular event was no exception!

Guest judges for the evening were Michael Van Amburgh, James Bass, Susie Dickard, Coach Ryan Timm, and MISD Superintendent, Dr. Jerome Stewart.  These special folks deserve praise and thanks for participating with us this year!


Staff members were on hand to assist the hungry crowd following the PTO meeting while the chili judges were busy sampling entries.

Our own LME HotSteppers were on hand to show off some smooth jumping moves as part of the evening’s entertainment.  They are gearing up for the annual Jump Rope for Heart Event next week . . . and I can only dream about jumping like them some day . . . .

Congratulations to all the chili winners and those who entered their scrumptious pots of chili!  Mrs. Bly, 5th grade teacher, walked away with coveted 2012 Miller Chilipot Trophy.  Who will it be next year?


Finally, we wrapped up the family fun with several “serious” rounds of BINGO called by Susie Dickard (stepping in for our own LaRue Miller, who was feeling a bit under the weather this evening).  The competition was fierce for special prizes.  Thanks, Mrs. Dickard for serving in several capacities tonight.

We will have other No-TV Family Events in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, here’s hoping you find unique ways of celebrating family time together (without the TV).  🙂