Sweet victory for Taste of Texas Food Show winners



Aubrey Olle Smith (left), H-E-B Pleasanton #411 Top Store Leader and Berry Best of Show winner Connor Sparks. Sparks’ Strawberry Cheesecake with Oreo Cookie Crust sold for $1,900 to buyers: Best-1 Hummingbird Feeders, Anthony and Jessica Badillo, Glazers Beer, Poteet Country Winery, H-E-B Pleasanton, Pleasanton Express, Poteet Lions Club, Poteet Rotary Club, Poteet VFW Post 6970 and Pure Party Ice. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Aubrey Olle Smith (left), H-E-B Pleasanton #411 Top Store Leader and Berry Best of Show winner Connor Sparks. Sparks’ Strawberry Cheesecake with Oreo Cookie Crust sold for $1,900 to buyers: Best-1 Hummingbird Feeders, Anthony and Jessica Badillo, Glazers Beer, Poteet Country Winery, H-E-B Pleasanton, Pleasanton Express, Poteet Lions Club, Poteet Rotary Club, Poteet VFW Post 6970 and Pure Party Ice. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Young bakers ages 5 to 18 participated in the 2021 Taste of Texas Food Show on Sunday, April 11 at the Poteet Rotary Club Pavilion. This Poteet Strawberry Festival event blossomed winners from such categories as all cakes, cheesecakes, all cookies and candies, yeast breads and quick breads and pies. After the judging, 26 of the delectable delights went on to be sold in the auction later that day.

Berry Best of Show winner Connor Sparks, son of Megan Sparks, said, “I entered because I like baking and I wanted to have fun and win.” And win he did, with his Strawberry Cheesecake with Oreo Cookie Crust.

Best in Show was a Strawberry Angel Fruit Cake made by Kayli Kennedy, daughter of Poteet FFA Advisor Jeff Kennedy and Stacey Kennedy. Kennedy was inspired to enter her dessert for the food show by the rave reviews she received from her family after making it for her sister’s birthday.

“The family really enjoyed it, so it was what I wanted to make for the Taste of Texas Food Show,”

Pictured from left: Duchess Sinthia Garcia, Duchess Alexandria Gonzalez, Duchess Taylor Fojtik, Princess Madison Maglievaz, Queen Kathlene Rodriguez, and Berry in Show winner Kayli Kennedy, King Ricardo Natal, Prince Michael Oliva, Duke Jaythan Zuniga, Duke Jacob De La Garza and Duke Carlos De Leon. Auctioneer Tommy Crouch at podium in back. Kennedy’s Strawberry Angel Fruit Cake sold for $2,300 to buyers: Bartek Construction, Jupe Environmental Inc., Glazers Beer, Temper Services, Tellus John Deer, H-E-B Pleasanton, Jeff and Sue Ann Smith, Larry and Janet Bartek, Pleasanton Express, Poteet Lions Club, Poteet Rotary Club, Poteet VFW Post 6970, Pure Party Ice and Latka Cattle Co. LLC. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Pictured from left: Duchess Sinthia Garcia, Duchess Alexandria Gonzalez, Duchess Taylor Fojtik, Princess Madison Maglievaz, Queen Kathlene Rodriguez, and Berry in Show winner Kayli Kennedy, King Ricardo Natal, Prince Michael Oliva, Duke Jaythan Zuniga, Duke Jacob De La Garza and Duke Carlos De Leon. Auctioneer Tommy Crouch at podium in back. Kennedy’s Strawberry Angel Fruit Cake sold for $2,300 to buyers: Bartek Construction, Jupe Environmental Inc., Glazers Beer, Temper Services, Tellus John Deer, H-E-B Pleasanton, Jeff and Sue Ann Smith, Larry and Janet Bartek, Pleasanton Express, Poteet Lions Club, Poteet Rotary Club, Poteet VFW Post 6970, Pure Party Ice and Latka Cattle Co. LLC. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Kennedy said. “I was really amazed that it won. I knew it tasted good, but didn’t know how good it was.”

The Grand Champion ribbon went to Bowen Walla (junior) with a Carrot Cake with Butterfinger Frosting. The three Reserve Champions were Addison Scott (junior) with a Strawberry Kiwi Cheesecake, Kenzie Rakowitz (pre-teen) with Mrs. Dowdy’s Chess Pie and Lyndsay Holdcroft (teen) with an Almond Cranberry Orange Wreath.

First place junior winners were: Brice Dunlevy, Strawberry Jam Butter Cookies and Bridger Ross, Strawberry Monkey Bread. First place pre-teen winners were: Logan Knox, Strawberry Dream Cake; Riley Fisher, White Chocolate Strawberry Lemon Bars and Harrison Schott, Fresh Strawberry Bundt. First place teen winners were: Stayton Hagen, Strawberry Lime Bars and Trey Hagen, Strawberry Cream Pie.

Second place junior winners were: Delilah LaGrange, Fresh Strawberry Cake; Briley Rakowitz, Mini Cherry Cheesecake; Nahla Lira, Strawberry Brownies and Hailey Johnson, Great Big Strawberry Muffins. Second place pre-teen winners were: Myles Holdcroft, Towering Praline Carrot Cake; Kennedy Ross, Lemon Cheesecake Bars; Braeden Brown, PB&J Cookies; Sadie Schimelpfening, Strawberry Walnut Bread and Benjamin Holdcroft, Strawberry Banana Cream Pie. Second place teen winners were: Kendall Niemietz, French Strawberry Cake; Brianna Garcia, Chocolate Chip Strawberry Cookies; Brooke Rankin, Strawberry Muffins and Madison Maglievaz, Strawberry Tarts.

Aubrey Olle Smith (left), H-E-B Pleasanton #411 Top Store Leader, Grand Champ (junior) Bowen Walla and sister Hadley Walla. Walla’s Carrot Cake with Butterfinger Frosting sold for $2,300 to buyers: Atascosa Ag, Best-1 Hummingbird Feeders, Anthony and Jessica Badillo, Jupe Environmental Inc., Glazers Beer, H-E-B Pleasanton, Jeff and Sue Ann Smith, Larry and Janet Bartek, Michele Higginbotham and Ed McClure (Edward Jones), Pleasanton Express, Poteet Lions Club, Poteet Rotary Club, Poteet VFW Post 6970, Tank Hollow Fisheries and KH Farms. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Aubrey Olle Smith (left), H-E-B Pleasanton #411 Top Store Leader, Grand Champ (junior) Bowen Walla and sister Hadley Walla. Walla’s Carrot Cake with Butterfinger Frosting sold for $2,300 to buyers: Atascosa Ag, Best-1 Hummingbird Feeders, Anthony and Jessica Badillo, Jupe Environmental Inc., Glazers Beer, H-E-B Pleasanton, Jeff and Sue Ann Smith, Larry and Janet Bartek, Michele Higginbotham and Ed McClure (Edward Jones), Pleasanton Express, Poteet Lions Club, Poteet Rotary Club, Poteet VFW Post 6970, Tank Hollow Fisheries and KH Farms. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Proceeds from this annual show go toward scholarships for Poteet High School students. Thanks to the buyers who supported the food show and to those who participated, the 2021 show brought in a total revenue of $26,550. This year’s buyers included: Ads for Less, Anthony and Jessica Badillo, Arlitt Ranch, Atascosa Ag, Baird Foundation Repair, Bartek Construction, Best-1 Hummingbird Feeders, Eino and Cathy Hautala, Gallaway Brothers, Glazer’s Beer, Jeff and Sue Ann Smith, Jillian Johnson, Jupe Environmental Inc., H-E-B Pleasanton, Kathryn Kurz, KH Farms, Kosub Farms Strawberries, Kurz Health, Larry and Janet Bartek, Latka Cattle Co. LLC, M6 Cattle Co, Melvin and Kathy Allen, Michele Higginbotham and Ed McClure (Edward Jones), Mysty Moors Ranch, Nancy Poppell, Pat West, Patricia West, Pleasanton Express, Poteet Country Winery, Poteet Lions Club, Poteet Rotary Club, Poteet VFW Post 6970, Price Chevrolet, Pure Party Ice, Rakowitz Engineering, Rusty and Lacy Fisher, Tank Hollow Fisheries, Tellus John Deer and Temper Services. Thank you for your generosity and for supporting and encouraging our youth to continue to take part in events such as this.

Pictured from left: Melissa Hartman-Guerra, Brandie Jupe, Racheal Scott, Dan Jupe, Reserve Champ (junior) Addison Scott, Kay Jupe, Doris Kosub, Pat Scott and Jamie Calliham. Auctioneer Tommy Crouch at podium in back. Scott’s Strawberry Kiwi Cheesecake sold for $2,050 to buyers: Arlitt Ranch, Jupe Environmental Inc., Kosub Farms Strawberries, Glazers Beer, Temper Services, H-E-B Pleasanton, Jeff and Sue Ann Smith, Larry and Janet Bartek, Pleasanton Express, Poteet Lions Club, Poteet Rotary Club, Poteet VFW Post 6970 and Latka Cattle Co. LLC. More Taste of Texas Food Show photos will be in next week’s edition of the Pleasanton Express. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Pictured from left: Melissa Hartman-Guerra, Brandie Jupe, Racheal Scott, Dan Jupe, Reserve Champ (junior) Addison Scott, Kay Jupe, Doris Kosub, Pat Scott and Jamie Calliham. Auctioneer Tommy Crouch at podium in back. Scott’s Strawberry Kiwi Cheesecake sold for $2,050 to buyers: Arlitt Ranch, Jupe Environmental Inc., Kosub Farms Strawberries, Glazers Beer, Temper Services, H-E-B Pleasanton, Jeff and Sue Ann Smith, Larry and Janet Bartek, Pleasanton Express, Poteet Lions Club, Poteet Rotary Club, Poteet VFW Post 6970 and Latka Cattle Co. LLC. More Taste of Texas Food Show photos will be in next week’s edition of the Pleasanton Express. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

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