GREAT Steak Cook-Off set for March 23

The Ninth Annual GREAT Steak Cook Off benefitting the Boys and Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County will be held Saturday, March 23 at the Bay City Civic Center with the festivities starting at 4:30 p.m. (Contributed photo) 

GREAT Steak Cook-Off set for March 23


The Ninth Annual GREAT Steak Cook Off benefitting the Boys and Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County will serve up the best of the beef in competition with 18 confirmed teams vying for the coveted top honors on March 23 at the Bay City Civic Center.

This will be the ninth year for the Boys and Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County to host the Great Steak Cook-off.

Matagorda County’s biggest grill fest is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. with plenty of action for the entire family. 

Tickets are $50 each and they are available a number of ways, you can call The Boys and Girls Club at 979-244-8865 or by calling Event Chairman Janet Peden at 979-244-6403

Tickets can also be purchased online at

The event is a fundraiser for the club that has raised a cumulative total of $475,000 since the first one held in 2011.

The funds are used to support programs that help the club achieve their mission, “to enable the youth of Matagorda County, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”

Teams of four compete in a steak-grilling contest with a winner chosen by a panel of distinguished judges.

Featuring a field of 18 grilling teams, there are spots available for those interested in participating and showing off their cooking skills. 

“One fun thing this year, historically we have had a team from the Bay City Police Department in the past sponsored by the Bay City Community Development Corporation, this year we have a second team from the Bay City Police Department being sponsored by Terry Treadway with Gateway Mortgage,” Peden said.

“So we will have a big police department competition going on, it will be the Investigations Division versus the Patrol Division.”

There is a $1000 entry fee for each team. In addition, corporate tables are still available for $500.

The teams will be grilling rib-eye steaks to be judged by a panel of celebrity judges for a chance to win top honors.

“We also for the first time have a team representing to Tenaris Bay City,” Peden continued.

This year’s judges will include Imelda Howard, a Representative from Congressman Michael Cloud’s office, Robert Pate and Raymond Dario Garza Trevino, a chef in Houston.

Robert Pate is excited about being a judge; Robert is the Project Manager for the Freeport LNG Construction, a 15 Billion dollar construction project with nearly 8000 construction workers.

The first place team will receive the GREAT Steak Cook-off trophy and enjoy the winners’ bragging rights for the next year.

Teams will be competing in 3 categories for prizes:

Best Steak: as chosen by a distinguished panel of judges using established criteria, the best steak winner will receive bragging rights and the “traveling” trophy to display for a year.

Crowd Favorite: teams will entice the crowd with hors d’oeuvres, games or other “non-monetary” entertainment in an effort to earn votes for “crowd favorite” using a wooden nickel.

Pacesetter: teams will offer raffles, auctions or other contests in an effort to raise the most funds for the Club and earn the “pacesetter” award.

During the cooking portion of the event, teams will offer appetizers as well as compete for the title of “Crowd Favorite,” a competition that will be determined by which team collects the most cash tips for their efforts. 

If a team earns your support, drop money in the special can designated for “Crowd Favorite” tips, located at each team’s cooking booth. The money raised through the “voting” will be donated to the club. 

Don’t forget to bring cash or checks; change for large bills will be available at the sign in desk as well.

This year there will also be a mechanical bull, for a donation to the club people can sign up to take a ride, after signing a liability release of course.

Guests will dine on steaks cooked by the teams as well as locally prepared side dishes.

The buffet dinner will start at 6:45 p.m. with those attending able to select their favorite team to cook their steak. Matagorda Regional Medical Center will provide the side dishes for the meal. 

Guests will also be able to take part in a live auction featuring Auctioneer Nate McDonald, silent auction, and bucket raffle.

“The thing that I really want to promote is the online bidding for silent auction. We did it last year; we’re doing it again this year. Last year we sort of got our feet wet in this way of holding auctions,” Peden said.

All bidding for silent auction items at the 2019 GREAT Steak Cook-off will be conducted online at

Silent auction items are only available for viewing now, online bidding will start March 15 at 8 a.m. and will end March 23 at 8:30 p.m.

Refreshments will be located inside the Civic Center and auction items will be on display inside as well, including various “wish list” items you can help the club purchase, such as art supplies. 

This year’s event underwriters are STP, HEB, McAda Valve and Supply, and Matagorda Regional Medical Center, making it possible for 100 percent of the proceeds to go to the club.

The Boys & Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County offers programs in five core areas: Character & Leadership Development, Education & Career Development, Health & Life Skills, The Arts and Sports, Fitness & Recreation. Their vision is to develop, promote and operate the premier youth development program in Matagorda County, with all the necessary resources and funding to provide programming and opportunities to positively impact our youth.

BGC of Bay City & Matagorda County is a nonprofit club, which currently serves students in first through fifth grades. BGC provides after school programming for youth between the hours of 3 and 7 p.m. during the school year, and also provide a full day’s summer program Monday – Friday, for about six weeks during the summer.

If you have any questions about the event, how you can help or purchasing tickets, contact Event Chairman Janet Peden at 979-244-6403.

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