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Young professionals get a head start on mid-winter chili cook-off with huge mixer

Young professionals gear up for chili cook-off with huge mixer

Houston, Casa de Esperanza YP Happy Hour, September 2015, Duncan Balcom, Mike Delaney, Todd Fineman, Patrick Hawkey, Chris Kruse
Duncan Balcom, Mike Delaney, Todd Fineman, Patrick Hawkey, Chris Kruse. Photo by Meredith Flaherty
Houston, Casa de Esperanza YP Happy Hour, September 2015, John Vivrett and Jaclyn Martin
John Vivrett, Jaclyn Martin. Photo by Meredith Flaherty
Houston, Casa de Esperanza YP Happy Hour, September 2015, Katie Morris, Caroline Hudnall, Melissa Farber, Kristen Lastrapes, Emily Tonn
Katie Morris, Caroline Hudnall, Melissa Farber, Kristen Lastrapes, Emily Tonn. Photo by Meredith Flaherty
Houston, Casa de Esperanza YP Happy Hour, September 2015, Dwight Clark and Jasmyn Gibson
Dwight Clark, Jasmyn Gibson. Photo by Meredith Flaherty
Houston, Casa de Esperanza YP Happy Hour, September 2015, Ashley and Rodger Rule
Ashley Rule, Rodger Rule. Photo by Meredith Flaherty
Houston, Casa de Esperanza YP Happy Hour, September 2015, Tara Lopez, Nealy Stuckey, Christina Mullin, Rob Royal, Melanie Chin, Lily Cardenas.
Tara Lopez, Nealy Stuckey, Christina Mullin, Rob Royal, Melanie Chin, Lily Cardenas. Photo by Meredith Flaherty
Houston, Casa de Esperanza YP Happy Hour, September 2015, Duncan Balcom, Jordan Balcom, Chris Manuel, Katie Manuel.
Duncan Balcom, Jordan Balcom, Chris Manuel, Katie Manuel. Photo by Meredith Flaherty
Houston, Casa de Esperanza YP Happy Hour, September 2015, Meredith and Ally Hatz
Meredith Hatz, Ally Hatz. Photo by Meredith Flaherty
Houston, Casa de Esperanza YP Happy Hour, September 2015, Patrick Hawkey, Toff Fineman, Devin Magnussen, Kamen Kanev.
Patrick Hawkey, Toff Fineman, Devin Magnussen, Kamen Kanev. Photo by Meredith Flaherty
Houston, Casa de Esperanza YP Happy Hour, September 2015, Duncan Balcom, Mike Delaney, Todd Fineman, Patrick Hawkey, Chris Kruse
Houston, Casa de Esperanza YP Happy Hour, September 2015, John Vivrett and Jaclyn Martin
Houston, Casa de Esperanza YP Happy Hour, September 2015, Katie Morris, Caroline Hudnall, Melissa Farber, Kristen Lastrapes, Emily Tonn
Houston, Casa de Esperanza YP Happy Hour, September 2015, Dwight Clark and Jasmyn Gibson
Houston, Casa de Esperanza YP Happy Hour, September 2015, Ashley and Rodger Rule
Houston, Casa de Esperanza YP Happy Hour, September 2015, Tara Lopez, Nealy Stuckey, Christina Mullin, Rob Royal, Melanie Chin, Lily Cardenas.
Houston, Casa de Esperanza YP Happy Hour, September 2015, Duncan Balcom, Jordan Balcom, Chris Manuel, Katie Manuel.
Houston, Casa de Esperanza YP Happy Hour, September 2015, Meredith and Ally Hatz
Houston, Casa de Esperanza YP Happy Hour, September 2015, Patrick Hawkey, Toff Fineman, Devin Magnussen, Kamen Kanev.

What: Casa de Esperanza young professional happy hour.

Where: La Grange Houston.

The 411: Proving that it's never to early to start celebrating, more than 100 supporters of Casa de Esperanza poured in to the popular Montrose watering hole to start things cooking for the group's sixth annual chili cook-off. La Grange provided the cocktails and light bites for the throng.

Guests toasted the February 20, 2016 cook-off and its chairs Jordan and Duncan Balcom and Katie and Mitchell Currie.

Who: Jaclyn Martin, John Vivrett, Matt Prochazka, Katie and Chris Manuel, Katie and Patrick Morris, Jodi and Mike Gough, Todd Fineman, Dwight Clark, Jasmyn Gibson, Patrick Hawkey and Chris Kruse.