Winners of Coolest 4th Contests and Raffles

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Winners Galore at Food Pantry Booth:


Our community’s talented bakers submitted 19 entries into the Food Pantry’s Annual Pie Contest. Pie lovers eagerly waited in line on Saturday to buy a slice of their favorite pie made by their favorite baker. As usual, there were many amazing flavors for people to enjoy. This year we celebrated our bakers with 12 prizes: First place – Pineapple Chess by Caroline Jayes (Carla Kennedy’s granddaughter), Second Place – Vegan Jeff Davis by Evelyn Glaspie, Third Place – Rhubarb by Evelyn Glaspie, Honorable Mention – Granola Crunch by Hannah Jayes (Carla Kennedy’s granddaughter), Most-Like-Grandma’s – Apple by Nataly Rostopchin, Fruitiest – Blueberry by Bette Thomas, Most Interesting – Salted Caramel Apple by Pam Breithaupt, Best Crust – Granny Smith Apple by Linda Hedges, Applicious – Apple by OIga Hamilton, Cutie-pie – Apple Peach by Lily Dyar, Most Local – Fort Davis Plum by Mary Beth Manhart and Sweetie-pie – Kentucky Derby by Gabbi Dyar.


We had many generous business sponsors contribute to our Annual Raffle making it possible to have 31 raffle winners. The sponsors and winners were: Big Bend Coffee to Reynolds Cushman, Cora Grand and Ginger McGough, Blue Mountain Bistro to Warren Shetrone, Blue Water Natural Foods to Pam Breithaupt, Buns & Roses to David McGlothin, Capri to Ellen Weinacht, Chop’d to Mary Fenton, Convenience West to Donna Shetrone, Cueva de Leon to Fred Harmon, Dolce far Niente to Fonda Ghiardi and Linda Curley, Frama/Plaine to Sam Sneed, La Casita to Bill Maline, La Venture to Craig Nance and Amy Roland, Mando’s to Elaine Harmon, Mi Casita to Maria Dutchover, Pizza Foundation to Lonn Taylor, Porter’s Thriftway to Debbie Billing, Squeeze Marfa to Kerith Hurley, Star Date Café to Brian Hutchins, Stellina to Anthony Foster, Stone Village Market to Robert Kinsell, The Get Go to Sally Stump, Tri-la-Bite to Blaine Hall and Judy Reichelderfer and Village Farm Tomatoes to Condra Zimdars, Charlie Mayer and Mike Murphy. Our special Weekend Getaway raffle, for two nights at The Lodge in Cloudcroft, NM with a golf package, was won by the lucky Mimi McLemore.

A beautiful Trek bicycle, with all the extras, was donated to the Food Pantry by Ellen Weinacht. The bicycle was turned into a silent auction item and was won by Anne Adkins. We look forward to seeing Anne pedaling down the road!

We thank everyone who supported The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County, a 501(3)c non-profit organization which is dedicated to providing nutritious food. The Food Pantry of JDC is an equal opportunity employer.



*photos by Maryann and Marc Eastman

2015 Coolest Fourth Prize Drawings

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22 Winners Chosen at Coolest 4th Drawing

The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County drew 22 winners’ names on Sunday at noon at the annual Coolest Fourth celebration. Many of the Big Bend Area establishments offered generous gift certificates and we hope you will support these businesses. Below are the businesses and the corresponding winners selected.

Aubrey Lynn Boutique • Ana Chandler
Big Bend Coffee Roasters  Estefana Granado
Brown Dog Nursery • Terry Holder
Cochineal • Fonda Ghiardi
Davis Mountain Nut Company • Mary Fenton
Cueva de Leon • Cindy Crawford
El Patio • Debbie Billing
Fort Davis Drug Store • Lisa Gandy
Hebert’s Caboose • Edward Dutchover
High Desert Yoga • Cyndee Barnes
Jett’s Grill • Dave Taylor

Lupita’s • Elaine Harmon
Maiya’s • Garrick Stephens
Mando’s • Lulu Lopez
Mary Lou’s • Betsy Burns
Maria Grubb Blankets • Judy
Plaine • Missy Cantrell
Poco Mexico • Richard Masterson
Porters • Richard Reinberg
Porters • Lupe Rubio
Reata • Kathie Woods
Stone Village Market • Carolyn Bullard.

2015 Coolest Fourth Pie Contest Winners

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Once again, we had some amazing entries at our Food Pantry’s Annual Pie Contest. The contest coincides with Fort Davis’ Coolest Fourth Celebration over the Fourth of July weekend. Below are the winners chosen.

Pam Breithaupt  won First Place with her amazing, most original, Old Fashioned Oatmeal Pie. The special touch of chocolate may have made this the winner! Toni Case came in Second Place with the most attractive “American Glory,” cherry/blueberry pie. Third Place went to Tammy Files for the more than traditional American Apple Pie. Honorable Mention was awarded to Edna Inglis who is still baking tasty Pumpkin pies at 93 years old! Pies were sold by the piece to support the Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

A big “thank you” to all who baked and supported this year’s Pie Contest.

1st Place - Pam Breithaupt

1st Place – Pam Breithaupt

Toni Case

Toni Case

Tammy Files

Tammy Files

Edna Inglis

Edna Inglis


2014 Coolest Fourth – First Place Pie Recipe

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Wendy Burrow’s prize winning Peach Sour Cream Pie was a huge success and she was kind enough to share the recipe. Try it for yourself and see why it received the top honor. Don’t forget to join us for next year’s contest and see which recipe earns the first prize. Maybe it will be yours!

Peach Sour Cream Pie

No-Fail Pie Dough
1 ¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour (6 ¼ ounces)
½ teaspoon table salt
1 tablespoon sugar
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter (¾ stick), cut into ¼ -inch slices
¼ cup chilled solid vegetable shortening, cut into 2 pieces
2 tablespoons vodka, cold
2 tablespoons cold water

1. Process ¾ cups flour, salt, and sugar together in food processor until combined, about 2 one-second pulses.

2. Add butter and shortening and process until homogenous dough just starts to collect in uneven clumps, about 10 seconds (dough will resemble cottage cheese curds with some very small pieces of butter remaining, but there should be no uncoated flour).

3. Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl with rubber spatula and redistribute dough evenly around processor blade.

4. Add remaining ½ cup flour and pulse until mixture is evenly distributed around bowl and mass of dough has been broken up, 4 to 6 quick pulses.

5. Empty mixture into medium bowl.

6. Sprinkle vodka and water over mixture.

7. With rubber spatula, use a folding motion to mix, pressing down on dough until dough is slightly tacky and sticks together.

8. Flatten dough into 4-inch disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 45 minutes or up to 2 days.

Peach Sour Cream Filling
¾ – 1 cup white sugar (Depending the sweetness of the peaches
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups sliced peaches, in large chunks
1 unbaked pie crust
⅓ cup white sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup butter, softened
¼ cup oats

1. Preheat oven to 400. Have a sheet pan in the oven preheating ( this prevents soggy crust)

2. Whisk together the ¾ to 1 cup sugar, 2 T flour, ¼ salt. Mix in sour cream, egg, vanilla, and peaches. Pour into an unbaked pie crust.

3. Put on preheated cookie sheet in oven. Bake for 12 minutes then lower temp to 350. Bake for about 30-35 minutes or until filling is set.

4. Remove pie and raise oven back to 400 degrees

5. Mix ⅓ cup sugar, cinnamon, oats, and butter together until crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the pie. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until top is golden brown.

Cool slightly and dig in.

Hope you enjoy it!

2014 Coolest Fourth Raffle Winners

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Companies from the tri-county area generously gave gift certificates to the annual Food Pantry raffle. Thirty-one lucky winners were announced Sunday, July 6th, at the Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County.

First prizes were two one hundred dollar gift certificates from Porter’s Thriftway which went to Jim Lynch and Lynda George.

Madge Lindsey won the $50 certificate from Stone Village Market.

Other prizes were from Big Bend Coffee won by Deb Billings; Brown Dog Garden won by Cindy Crawford; Cueva de Leon won by Fred Harmon; Davis Mountain Nut Company won by Noah Lynch; Dolce far Niente Texas won by Sally Stump; Fort Davis Drug Store won by Lulu Lopez; Herbert’s Caboose won by Missy Martin; Just Because won by Sherrill Easterling; El Patio won by Matthew Shetrone; two gift certificates from La Casita won by Garrick Stephens and Phillip Low; La Trattoria won by Juan Dominguez; Lupita’s won by Kathy Masterson; Maria Grub’s crocheted blankets went to Ruth Park and David Taylor; Mary Lou’s Café won by Frankie Estes; two Plaine certificates won by Clay Chisholm and Yolanda Belazi; Poco Mexico won by Mary Fenton; four Raspa certificates went to Maggie McCollum, Fonda Giardi, Toni Case and Cindy Meade; Reata won by Song McClesky; Robert Tyree’s leather bowl went to Jolanda Trussel; Star Date Café certificate went to Keisha Otoupal; Wok and Roll two certificates were won by Huey Rudy and Ezequiel Garcia and American Greetings went to N. Anderson.

The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides supplemental food with an emphasis on wholesome choices. It relies on private donations and grant contributions to purchase food.  All proceeds from the raffle ticket sales support the Food Pantry and its Patrons.

2014 Coolest Fourth Pie Contest Winners!

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The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County had amazing entries for their pie contest held on Saturday morning, July 5. Wendy Burrow won first place with a peach sour cream pie.  Toni Case came in second with her cherry pie. Third place was shared by Mary Ann Jarrett with her pineapple coconut chess pie and Hannah Kirkpatrick’s savory entry, gluten free pizza pie. After the contest, individual pieces of the pies were sold as a fundraiser for the pantry.

Wendy Burrow

Wendy Burrow

Coolest Fourth 2013 – Winners

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Baking Contest Winners

The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County’s Coolest Fourth Red, White and Blue Dessert Contest was a rousing success!

The contestants were very creative with their use of the patriotic theme and the judges were treated to a wide array of delectable treats.

Michael Guss (below, left) won the Red, White and Blue category by entering a Blueberry, Cherry layer cake with Cheesecake filling.

Martina Granado won both the Red category with her Cherry Cream Cheese pie and the Blue category with a Blueberry Cream Cheese pie.

Ryan McAnally (below, right) was the winner of the White category with his Lorna Doone Banana Pudding.

After the judging, the desserts were eagerly purchased by the festival patrons helping to raise funds for the Food Pantry which distributes nutritional, supplemental food twice a month to about 200 families and 100 children in Jeff Davis County. If you would like more information, send an email to

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26 Raffle Winners at Coolest 4th Celebration

The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County is pleased to announce the winners of their annual raffle. Many generous tri-county restaurants and businesses donated prizes which were won by 26 lucky winners.   The proceeds from the raffle benefit the Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County which is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization offering nutritional, supplemental food to those in need and lunches for the school children. The Food Pantry relies solely on individual contributions.

Winners were:  Madge Lindsay and Dean Bergmann each won a $100.00 gift certificate from Porter’s Thriftway;   Doug Otoupal – $100.00 gift certificate from Jett’s Grill; Don Paape – $100.00 gift certificate from Stone Village Market;  Mary Fenton and Ann Creel each won 2 pounds of coffee from Big Bend Coffee Roasters;  Maria Roncarati – $25.00 gift certificate from Big Bend  Thrift Store in Alpine;  Nancy O’Brien – $40.00 gift certificate from Blue Mountain Bistro;  Melanie Pace – $20.00 gift certificate from Cow Dog;  Ana Chandler – $25.00 gift certificate from Cueva De Leon Restaurant;  Don Poindexter – $25.00 gift certificate from Davis Mountain Nut Company;  Dawn Lacy – $20.00 gift certificate from Dawn’s Mane Attraction;  Lulu Lopez – $25.00 gift certificate from Déjà vu Resale Shop in Alpine;  Jesusita Granado – $65.00 Antique Linen Apron from Dolce far Niente Texas;  Olga Hamilton – $25.00 gift certificate from Eric’s on Holland in Alpine;  Fred Harmon – Dinner for 2 up to $50.00 at Fort Davis Drug Store;  Frank Detriyhe – $50.00 gift certificate at Judy’s Bread and Breakfast in Alpine;  Jerry Pittman – $20.00 gift certificate at La Casita in Alpine;  Teresa Todd – $25.00 at Los Jalapenos in Alpine;  Carol Truax – $13.00 gift certificate at Lupita’s Place;  Joyce Slaughter – Pink crocheted throw from Maria Grubb of Valentine;  Susie Liddell – Blue crocheted throw from Maria Grubb of Valentine;  Catherine Fleming – Buffet for 2 at Mary Lou’s Restaurant;  Trine Granado – $25.00 at Plaine Coffee in Alpine;  Missy Martin – $25.00 Poco Mexico Café and Mac Sproul – $25.00 gift certificate at Reata in Alpine.

Coolest Fourth 2012

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The 2012 apple pie and empanada contest was the best ever with more baked goods entered than in past years. First price in the pie contest went to Lauren Epperson and her grandmother, Donna Henderson. Second place winner was Lana Potts and third prize went to Connie Cornett of the Blue Mountain Bistro.

For the empanada category, first place went to the staff at Stone Village Market, second to Lupe Rubio and third to Olga Hamilton.  All proceeds helped the Food Pantry provide supplemental food to those in need.

Successful Raffle with 22 Winners

Happy winners included Debbie Billing who won $200.00 from Porter’s and Carla Kennedy who won $100.00 from Stone Village Market. Sandy Lefner, Jeanne Wilcox and Beth Nobles were the lucky winners of BBQ Briskets by James Dutchover. Other winners were Marty Hansen (Blue Mountain Bistro), Sarah Kent (Cow Dog), Mary Fenton (Cueva de Leon), Diane Trevino (Davis Mountain Nut Company), Howard Adkins (apron by Dolce far Niente), Maria LeJeune (Eric’s on Holland), Roberta (Fort Davis Drug Store and Hotel), Estefana Granado (Helping Hand Thrift Store), Kathy Masterson (Jett’s Grill), Mary Ward (Judy’s Bread and Breakfast), Marlen Gray (La Casita), Ellen Weinacht (Los Jalapenos), Mike Wright (Lucy’s Kitchen) Janie Jimenez (Lupita’s Place), Rick Herrman (Mary Lou’s Restaurant), Toni Case (Murphy St. Raspa Co.), Marilyn McGhee (Murphy’s Pizza, Pasta & Subs), Michele McDougal (Poco Mexico Café) and Maria Chavez (Squeeze Marfa).