A Capital Win for Five H-E-B Quest for Texas Best Competitors - Taking Home $90K in Cash Prizes

Top Texas Product Makers Earn Placement on Store Shelves

Style Magazine Newswire | 8/11/2017, 6:59 p.m.
H-E-B’s Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best judges narrowed the field of 25 finalists to just FIVE winners on Friday, ...
1st Place and Houstonian Dennis Butterworth of WarPig BBQ takes home $20,000 in this H-E-B Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best Finals

(AUSTIN, TX) – H-E-B’s Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best judges narrowed the field of 25 finalists to just FIVE winners on Friday, August 11 at the Central Texas Food Bank. Sascha Biesi and Yauss Berenji (Skull & Cakebones Mocha Marmalade); Bridget and Will McCoy (Lorraine’s Original Mini Texas Pecan Cakes); Dennis Butterworth (WarPig BBQ For Use on Butts And Ribs Sauce); Adrian and Mariana Paredes (Tamale Addiction’ s Poblano and Muenster Cheese Organic Masa Tamales); and Cariño Cortez and Michael Cortez (La Familia Cortez Restaurants’ Mi Tierra Salsa Verde) are relishing the sweet taste of success and a combined total of $90,000 in cash prizes along with prime space on H-E-B store shelves in 2018.

“As we complete the fourth year of this statewide competition, we continued to be impressed by the inventiveness, creativity and phenomenal resolve that our fellow Texans showcase,” said James Harris, Director, Diversity & Inclusion and Supplier Diversity, H-E-B. “Although only five competitors walked away with a title and prize, Quest for Texas Best is a win for all Texans. Small businesses have the opportunity to grow with H-E-B and our customers enjoy added variety and access to the best locally sourced products.”

THE 2017 H-E-B PRIMO PICKS: QUEST FOR TEXAS BEST AWARD WINNERS ARE:

Grand Prize Winner ($25,000 and featured placement as a Texas Best Primo Pick):

Skull & Cakebones – Mocha Marmalade

Sascha Biesi + Yauss Berenji - Austin, Texas

After Sascha Biesi discovered milk and eggs were the cause of her infant daughter’s persistent rash, she began a quest for delicious foods sans the animal products. Enlisting the help of Yauss Berenji, the two built Skull & Cakebones based on friendship, their families’ passion for food and a mission of making delicious desserts without animal products (because if you can, why shouldn’t you?). Using the best local products on hand, Skull & Cakebones presents a truly Texas-strong dessert – Mocha Marmalade Chocolate layered with Cuvee Coffee frosting and topped with Cuvee infused chocolate pudding.

TWO First Place Winners ($20,000 EACH):

The Texas Pecan Cake Shop - Lorraine’s Original Mini Texas Pecan Cakes

Bridget + Will McCoy - Bertram, Texas

Like the Lone Star State, Bridget McCoy’s Lorraine’s Original Mini Texas Pecan Cakes are one of a kind. Baked in the iconic shape of Texas from a secret family recipe, it is a pecan lover’s dream. Made with 100% Texas products from local growers, loaded with pecans and held together with just enough flour and sugar, it delivers the wonderful flavor of Mom’s holiday baking that can be enjoyed on any occasion. Every day is a cake day!

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H-E-B Quest for Texas Best Houston Finalists First Taste

Houston Style Magazine Managing Editor Jo-Carolyn Goode was on hand at H-E-B's Private Media Preview to get a first taste of the products from the eight Houston-area food entrepreneurs who made the top 25 finalists of this year’s Quest for Texas Best statewide food competition. Out of 560 applicants from across the state, the top 25 finalists have moved to the next judging round and one step closer for cash prizes and being sold on H-E-B shelves. Additional details are attached for the top 25 finalists.

Houston Style Magazine Managing Editor Jo-Carolyn Goode was on hand at H-E-B's Private Media Preview to get a first taste of the products from the eight Houston-area food entrepreneurs who made the top 25 finalists of this year’s Quest for Texas Best statewide food competition. Out of 560 applicants from across the state, the top 25 finalists have moved to the next judging round and one step closer for cash prizes and being sold on H-E-B shelves. Additional details are attached for the top 25 finalists.

WarPig BBQ For Use on Butts And Ribs Sauce

Dennis Butterworth - Houston, Texas

Dennis Butterworth’s BBQ sauce, For Use on Butts And Ribs (F.U.B.A.R), is an elite sauce forged in the trenches of barbecue competition. This award-winning sauce was crafted by U.S. Army veterans to be the one and only sauce you need in your arsenal. Whether you’re a professional chef or a backyard grill commando, For Use on Butts And Ribs’ sweet, tangy flavor bridges the gap for all barbecue palates.