Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and College Station Mayor Nancy Berry have placed a bet on the outcome of the 2011 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas to be played on December 31, 2011 in Houston. The game will pit Big Ten Evanston’s Northwestern University Wildcats against the Big 12 Aggie’s of Texas A&M from College Station. The two Mayors met via conference call on Monday, December 13, 2011 to place the wager.

Mayor Tisdahl bet a rib dinner from Evanston’s Hecky’s Barbecue if Texas A&M wins. Mayor Berry challenged Evanston by betting a prime rib roast and a supply of Texas Aggie Brand Beef Jerky from the Texas A&M Rosenthal Meat Science and Technology Center if Northwestern is victorious.

“I appreciate Mayor Berry’s good sportsmanship in putting up fine Texas meat products against the very best barbeque ribs in the world. It will be my pleasure to treat the Evanston City Council to prime rib and Aggie beef jerky after Northwestern beats Texas A&M on New Year’s Eve,” said Mayor Tisdahl. “I am only sorry that Mayor Berry will have to come to Evanston some day to enjoy Hecky’s outstanding ribs. One thing for sure, the Meineke Car Care Bowl has picked two excellent football teams to compete in Houston this year.” Highly rated by Zagat, Hecky’s has been serving up the Chicago North Shore the best barbecue for 25 years.

“Fantastic – I’m looking forward to the College Station City Council enjoying the best ribs in the world,” Mayor Berry said. “But, just in case, I’m prepared to send Mayor Tisdahl some equally famous offerings from A&M. The beef jerky alone has been lauded by The New York Times. This should be a great game.”