2019 Taste of Texas Food Show a huge success



Nathaniel Gonzales’ Chocolate Covered Strawberry Blast Cake won “Berry Best of Show” and sold for $1,150. Buyers were, from left: Miss Lions Rachelle Casias-Poteet Lions Club, Molly Solis-Poteet Lions Club, Miss 1st Runner Up Tahis Ramirez-Poteet Lions Club, Jay Dominguez-Silver Eagle Distributors-Bud Light, Richard Castillon-Cricket Wireless, Ron Mixon- Poteet Rotary Club, Bill Arlitt-Best 1 Hummingbird Feeders, Nathaniel Gonzales-winner, Casey Bartek-Bartek Construction, Aubrey Smith- H-E-B and John Shipley-Poteet VFW. Up front are Little Miss Lions Beulah Domsch and Little Miss Lions Miranda Solis with Poteet Lions Club. Buyers not pictured are Marissa and Travis Martinez. NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Nathaniel Gonzales’ Chocolate Covered Strawberry Blast Cake won “Berry Best of Show” and sold for $1,150. Buyers were, from left: Miss Lions Rachelle Casias-Poteet Lions Club, Molly Solis-Poteet Lions Club, Miss 1st Runner Up Tahis Ramirez-Poteet Lions Club, Jay Dominguez-Silver Eagle Distributors-Bud Light, Richard Castillon-Cricket Wireless, Ron Mixon- Poteet Rotary Club, Bill Arlitt-Best 1 Hummingbird Feeders, Nathaniel Gonzales-winner, Casey Bartek-Bartek Construction, Aubrey Smith- H-E-B and John Shipley-Poteet VFW. Up front are Little Miss Lions Beulah Domsch and Little Miss Lions Miranda Solis with Poteet Lions Club. Buyers not pictured are Marissa and Travis Martinez. NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The Taste of Texas Food Show has a long history of being a part of the Poteet Strawberry Festival and continues to be a huge success year after year.

“When we first began the show in 1987, the money we received from the entry fees were used to pay for just the show itself. As it grew each year, we’ve been able to give money back to the participants in scholarship funds,” said Janet Bartek, director of the show.

The show was initially a 4-H event sponsored by the Food and Nutrition department and held Saturday afternoon at the festival. However, due to the wide popularity of the strawberry judging and auction held at the same time, the food show moved to Sunday afternoon where it became just as big.

“We started this show as an event for the kids to get involved with during the festival. Over the years, it’s grown so much and we now have four divisions: Junior, Pre-Teen, Teen and Adult,” said Bartek. “We place winners in each division, including a Grand and Reserve Grand Champion winner who then go on to the auction to sell their items.”

Winning “Best of Show” was Morgan Schultze with her Cheesecake Factory Carrot Cake Cheesecake that sold for $1,000. Buyers were, from left: Miss Lions Rachelle Casias-Poteet Lions Club, Molly Solis-Poteet Lions Club, Miss 1st Runner Up Tahis Ramirez-Poteet Lions Club, Ron Mixon- Poteet Rotary Club, Jay Dominguez-Silver Eagle Distributors-Bud Light, Bill Arlitt-Best 1 Hummingbird Feeders, Morgan Schultze-winner, Aubrey Smith-H-E-B, John Shipley-Poteet VFW, Mark Biediger-Pure Party Ice, and Vance Schultze-Tank Hollow Fisheries. Up front are Little Miss Lions Beulah Domsch and Little Miss Lions Miranda Solis with Poteet Lions Club. NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Winning “Best of Show” was Morgan Schultze with her Cheesecake Factory Carrot Cake Cheesecake that sold for $1,000. Buyers were, from left: Miss Lions Rachelle Casias-Poteet Lions Club, Molly Solis-Poteet Lions Club, Miss 1st Runner Up Tahis Ramirez-Poteet Lions Club, Ron Mixon- Poteet Rotary Club, Jay Dominguez-Silver Eagle Distributors-Bud Light, Bill Arlitt-Best 1 Hummingbird Feeders, Morgan Schultze-winner, Aubrey Smith-H-E-B, John Shipley-Poteet VFW, Mark Biediger-Pure Party Ice, and Vance Schultze-Tank Hollow Fisheries. Up front are Little Miss Lions Beulah Domsch and Little Miss Lions Miranda Solis with Poteet Lions Club. NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The funds raised during the auction are given back to the participants in the form of scholarships that go toward school, the next year show and or anything the participant desires such as a donation to an organization.

“We had maybe about five or six entries in the first show and this year we had 220 entries and placed about 57.”

Bartek’s daughter, Codi Crouch, helps direct the show along with Ruth Anne Schultze and Debbie Ward who Crouch said have vital roles in the show.

“This started when I was about 6 or 7 years old. My mom and two other women started it, then eventually it was just my mom,” she said. “I’ve always been a part of the show whether it’s participating or volunteering. My husband and I actually met here and our kids are also involved with the show as well. It’s definitely a family affair.”

About 30 other ladies volunteer their time to help put on the food show who, according to Crouch, help the show go on.

Winning Reserve Grand Champion in the Pre-Teen Division was Gunnar Smith with his Strawberry Cheesecake Bars. They sold for $1,525 to buyers, from left, Alice Denson-Data Network Cabling, Ron Mixon-Poteet Rotary Club, Aubrey Smith-H-E-B, Richard Castillon-Cricket Wireless, Gunnar Smith-winner, John Shipley-Poteet VFW, Brenda Young-Brenda Young CPA, Dickie Lee Sparks-Classic Touch Salon, Megan Sparks-Methodist Hospital South, Larry Wagner-Matco Tools and Jenna Smith-Gunnar’s mom. NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Winning Reserve Grand Champion in the Pre-Teen Division was Gunnar Smith with his Strawberry Cheesecake Bars. They sold for $1,525 to buyers, from left, Alice Denson-Data Network Cabling, Ron Mixon-Poteet Rotary Club, Aubrey Smith-H-E-B, Richard Castillon-Cricket Wireless, Gunnar Smith-winner, John Shipley-Poteet VFW, Brenda Young-Brenda Young CPA, Dickie Lee Sparks-Classic Touch Salon, Megan Sparks-Methodist Hospital South, Larry Wagner-Matco Tools and Jenna Smith-Gunnar’s mom. NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

“Each year they pick up their roles right where they left off the previous year without any questions. They have so much passion for this event and that’s what makes it a joy to put on,” said Crouch. “It’s such a joy to teach kids kitchen skills and to see them win. Even more so to see them benefit from the funds and come back year after year.”

Her mother said it’s been amazing to see the show grow over the last 32 years.

“The number of entries, supporters, volunteers and buyers just continues to grow and I’m extremely grateful for them all. Especially the buyers because if it weren’t for them, this show would not be possible. This year we raised $48,125!”

Interviews and winning recipes will be included in next week’s issue.

“Best of Show Jelly” winner was Hailey Hannah with her Strawberry Jam that sold for $800. Buyers were, from left, Molly Solis-Poteet Lions Club, Jay Dominguez-Silver Eagle Distributors-Bud Light, Ron Mixon-Poteet Rotary Club, Bill Arlitt-Best 1 Hummingbird Feeders, Alice Denson- Data Network Cabling, Clint Spaeth-Hang ‘Em High Cookers, Walt Rakowitz- Rakowitz Engineering and Aubrey Smith-H-E-B. Up front is winner Hailey Hannah. NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

“Best of Show Jelly” winner was Hailey Hannah with her Strawberry Jam that sold for $800. Buyers were, from left, Molly Solis-Poteet Lions Club, Jay Dominguez-Silver Eagle Distributors-Bud Light, Ron Mixon-Poteet Rotary Club, Bill Arlitt-Best 1 Hummingbird Feeders, Alice Denson- Data Network Cabling, Clint Spaeth-Hang ‘Em High Cookers, Walt Rakowitz- Rakowitz Engineering and Aubrey Smith-H-E-B. Up front is winner Hailey Hannah. NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Analise Cruz won “Best of Show Salsa” with her Strawberry Corn Salsa that sold for $800. Buyers were, from left, Jay Dominguez-Silver Eagle Distributors-Bud Light, Ron Mixon-Poteet Rotary Club, Bill Arlitt-Best 1 Hummingbird Feeders, John Shipley-Poteet VFW, Aubrey Smith-H-E-B and Megan Sparks-Methodist Hospital South. Up front is winner Analise Cruz. NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Analise Cruz won “Best of Show Salsa” with her Strawberry Corn Salsa that sold for $800. Buyers were, from left, Jay Dominguez-Silver Eagle Distributors-Bud Light, Ron Mixon-Poteet Rotary Club, Bill Arlitt-Best 1 Hummingbird Feeders, John Shipley-Poteet VFW, Aubrey Smith-H-E-B and Megan Sparks-Methodist Hospital South. Up front is winner Analise Cruz. NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Bridger Ross also won Reserve Grand Champion in the Junior Division with his Lemon Lime Pound Cake that sold for $700 to buyers, from left, Ron Mixon-Poteet Rotary Club, Casey Bartek-Bartek Construction, John Shipley-Poteet VFW, Richard Castillon-Cricket Wireless, Bridger Rosswinner, Megan Sparks-Methodist Hospital South, Walt Rakowitz-Rakowitz Engineering and Aubrey Smith-H-E-B. NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Bridger Ross also won Reserve Grand Champion in the Junior Division with his Lemon Lime Pound Cake that sold for $700 to buyers, from left, Ron Mixon-Poteet Rotary Club, Casey Bartek-Bartek Construction, John Shipley-Poteet VFW, Richard Castillon-Cricket Wireless, Bridger Rosswinner, Megan Sparks-Methodist Hospital South, Walt Rakowitz-Rakowitz Engineering and Aubrey Smith-H-E-B. NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Winning Grand Champion in Pre-Teen Division was Angelina Ortiz with her Pavlova. It sold for $$850 to buyers, from left, Molly Solis-Poteet Lions Club, Bill Arlitt-Best 1 Hummingbird Feeders, Ron Mixon-Poteet Rotary Club, Richard Castillon-Cricket Wireless, Angelina Ortiz-winner, Aubrey Smith-H-E-B, Walt and Kenzie Rakowitz-Rakowitz Engineering and Gabe Medina-Portable Shelter Store. NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Winning Grand Champion in Pre-Teen Division was Angelina Ortiz with her Pavlova. It sold for $$850 to buyers, from left, Molly Solis-Poteet Lions Club, Bill Arlitt-Best 1 Hummingbird Feeders, Ron Mixon-Poteet Rotary Club, Richard Castillon-Cricket Wireless, Angelina Ortiz-winner, Aubrey Smith-H-E-B, Walt and Kenzie Rakowitz-Rakowitz Engineering and Gabe Medina-Portable Shelter Store. NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Elizabeth Winder won Reserve Grand Champion Adult Divisionwith her Strawberry Lasagna. It sold for $1,000 to buyers, from left, Molly Solis- Poteet Lions Club, Ron Mixon-Poteet Rotary Club, John Shipley-Poteet VFW, Gabe Medina-Potable Shelter Store, Pat West, Elizabeth Winderwinner, Richard Castillon-Cricket Wireless, Clint Spaeth- Hang ‘Em High Cookers, Aubrey Smith-H-E-B, Larry Wagner-Matco Tools and Melanie Eichman-Bruce C Eichman Photography. NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Elizabeth Winder won Reserve Grand Champion Adult Divisionwith her Strawberry Lasagna. It sold for $1,000 to buyers, from left, Molly Solis- Poteet Lions Club, Ron Mixon-Poteet Rotary Club, John Shipley-Poteet VFW, Gabe Medina-Potable Shelter Store, Pat West, Elizabeth Winderwinner, Richard Castillon-Cricket Wireless, Clint Spaeth- Hang ‘Em High Cookers, Aubrey Smith-H-E-B, Larry Wagner-Matco Tools and Melanie Eichman-Bruce C Eichman Photography. NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Leigh Ann Gonzales won Grand Champion in the Adult Division with her Tall, Dark and Handsome Cake that sold for $$975 to buyers, from left, Ron Mixon-Poteet Rotary Club, Gabe Medina-Portable Shelter Store, Richard Castillon-Cricket Wireless, Leigh Ann Gonzales-winner, Bill Arlitt-Best 1 Hummingbird Feeders, Clint Spaeth-Hang ‘Em High Cookers, Casey Bartek- Bartek Construction, Aubrey Smith-H-E-B and Molly Solis-Poteet Lions Club. NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Leigh Ann Gonzales won Grand Champion in the Adult Division with her Tall, Dark and Handsome Cake that sold for $$975 to buyers, from left, Ron Mixon-Poteet Rotary Club, Gabe Medina-Portable Shelter Store, Richard Castillon-Cricket Wireless, Leigh Ann Gonzales-winner, Bill Arlitt-Best 1 Hummingbird Feeders, Clint Spaeth-Hang ‘Em High Cookers, Casey Bartek- Bartek Construction, Aubrey Smith-H-E-B and Molly Solis-Poteet Lions Club. NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Bridger Ross won Grand Champion in the Junior Division with his Strawberry Monkey Bread. It sold for $950 to buyers, from left, Jay Dominguez- Silver Eagle Distributors-Bud Light, Ron Mixon-Poteet Rotary Club, Bill Arlitt-Best 1 Hummingbird Feeders, Richard Castillon-Cricket Wireless, John Shipley-Poteet VFW and Aubrey Smith-H-E-B. Up front is Bridger with his entry. NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Bridger Ross won Grand Champion in the Junior Division with his Strawberry Monkey Bread. It sold for $950 to buyers, from left, Jay Dominguez- Silver Eagle Distributors-Bud Light, Ron Mixon-Poteet Rotary Club, Bill Arlitt-Best 1 Hummingbird Feeders, Richard Castillon-Cricket Wireless, John Shipley-Poteet VFW and Aubrey Smith-H-E-B. Up front is Bridger with his entry. NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

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