2015 H-E-B Primo Picks
Quest for Texas Best Winners

All across the Lone Star State there’s a whole lot of deliciousness going on! The H-E-B Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best content submissions came from 74 towns across the state, yielding a delicious mix of jams, jellies, spices and meats. Entries spanned categories including beer, butter, cookies and milk, muffins, Mexican pastries, pickles, sauces and teas. The top 25 finalists were invited to compete in the finale and four winners were selected and named "Texas Best."

TEO Gelato
Grand Prize ($25,000): TEO Gelato
 
Texas-born, Italian-trained Matthew Lee has mastered the craft of gelato and is ready to share his obsession. Each creamy creation starts with local, market-fresh ingredients and a homemade base from scratch. TEO Gelato's signature flavors include Texas Pecan and Whiskey, Peanut Butter and Nutella, Poteet Strawberry and Texas Hill Country Peach.
 
The Slaton Bakery
First Place ($20,000): The Slaton Bakery
 
This is a love story for not just all-natural, homemade vanilla wafers, but also for the Wilson family. A West Texas favorite, Slaton opened its doors back in 1923 in Slaton, Texas, a quaint little town about 15 miles from Lubbock. Although ownership has changed hands a few times, the real love came when Chad Wilson’s grandparents were teenagers. His grandmother Ollie Mae would volunteer to go pick up bread at the bakery for her family. Turns out, she wanted to visit the baker’s helper, Chad’s grandfather, Barney Wilson. In 1943, Barney and Ollie Mae took ownership of the bakery, and the rest is rich in Texas history with their Homemade Vanilla Wafers.
 
 
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Blackbird Foods
Second Place ($15,000): Blackbird Foods
 
Influenced by the spicy little pites made by her family in Southeast Texas, Angela Rowley is cooking up pies inspired by local ingredients and the diverse food cultures of Texas. She prides herself on making every ingredients from scratch. Blackbird Foods' pies are as diverse as Texas with small, fried Cajun pies, meal-size pies and hand pies. Customer favorites include the Chicken Tikka Masala Pie and the breakfast-friendly pork sausage rolls.
 
Blackbird Bakery
Third Place ($10,000): Blackbird Bakery
 
When life gave her lemons, Karen Morgan made a gluten-free lemon meringue pie. After mastering the craft of gluten-free baking, Karen decided to share her creation with her fellow Texans. Her flour line currently consists of six blends from the Donut & Fritter to Bread & Pizza to Cookie Jar. It is Karen's dream to share her Blackbird Bakery Flour Blend with anyone who loves to bake and cook.