By Lillian Bowe
Tammy Lewis prepared one of her favorite cakes and waited silently for five judges to decide who had best cake.
Lewis prepared a key lime cake she found in a cook book and has tweaked into her own recipe that she believes is close to perfection.
“I wanted to help out the VFW and I had a lot of fun,” Lewis said.
Lewis, works at Cannon Air Force Base, took first place at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9515’s chili and cake cook-off on Saturday.
Post Commander Rich Lewis, husband to Tammy, said the event was to raise money for the post itself and for a charity the members will be voting on at their next meeting.
“The building is quite dated and quite old and there has been little done for maintenance and up keep. So we are going to do some internal renovation like new kitchen and bathrooms,” Lewis said.
Lynda Putzier, member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Club, had the idea to do the cook/bake off to raise money for the Post. Putzier thought it would be a fun idea to have people bring their favorite cake and chili to be judged. Putzier organized the cook-off by getting entries and get judges for the event.
“I think we have a variety of chili in Portales. We just love our red and green. The cook-off showed that as we had some many different variety of chili,” Putzier said.
The winner of the chili cook off was Anna Parks, from Clovis, who made traditional Texas chili.
“I just made the chili from smell. I did not follow a recipe, I just tasted my chili while I made it and added what I thought would make it better. I also used my husband and I’s fresh tomatoes from our garden,” Parks said.
Parks said she wanted to help out the VFW as her friend is a part of the auxiliary club.
“I was nervous during the judging, but I am happy to have won,” Parks said.
Putzier said the club came out in support and they had a fun time.
“All the chili and cakes were really good and it was just a blast to plan and be a part of,” Putzier said.