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San Diego Ceramic Connection is a fully outfitted ceramics studio where you can learn beginning through advanced techniques with stoneware, porcelain, hand building, wheel throwing, and glazing. San Diego Ceramic Connection also sponsors and holds regular events promoting pottery and the arts community in general.
2014 San Diego Ceramic Connection Chili Potluck Winners

2014 San Diego Ceramic Connection Chili Potluck Winners


Thanks to all those who came out to volunteer, contribute and taste the chili at the 18th Annual San Diego Ceramic Connection Chili Potluck. We had a total of 27 entries of cornbread and chili that came in both crock pots and stock pots totaling roughly 50 gallons! We are touched and proud of the support of our community and the dedication to making this event a success and to supporting our local McKinley Elementary School.

All of the chili and cornbread dishes were fresh and delicious…and there wasn’t a drop left by 4:00 pm. The chili champs are listed below; each first place winner was announced at the SoNo Fest and received a chili champ apron handmade by a McKinley grandparent just for this event. Honorable mentions were also announced and included Max and Larry, for their on-going dedication and support to this event and the community, and Carmen Costello for her entry in memory of a beloved McKinley teacher (Rittko Chocolate Chipotle Chili).

2014 San Diego Ceramic Connection Chili Potluck Champs

Best Ominivore (Meat) Chili

Winner: Brick Wall (91) Authentic turkey chili
Runner-up: Max and Larry (28) Spicy beef chili

Best Vegetarian Chili

Winner: Clint White (29) T-­32 Tempeh Chili made with all ingredients from Thorn St X 32nd St
Runner-up: Grant Ferrier (6) Sweet potato chili

Most Unique Chili

Winner: Theresa Talley (41) San Diego Fishermen’s Chili, made with catch of the week from Tuna Harbor fishermen
Runner-up: Max and Larry (30) Spicy beef chili

Best Overall Chili

Winner: Brick Wall (65) Authentic turkey chili
Runner-up: Max and Larry (48) Spicy beef chili

Best Cornbread

Winner: Sarah Scalo (19) Grace’s cornbread pudding
Runner-up: Tie: Fong Krause and Claudia Sinicrope (17) cornbread & spicy cheddar cornbread

Number of votes shown in (). Note: Not all people voted in all categories.

Thank you to everyone in the community who brought chili!


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2014 Community Chili Potluck

2014 Community Chili Potluck


We need YOU to help make the chili for this
popular McKinley Elementary fund raiser!

Sunday, December 7, 2014
11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Buy a bowl for $20.
Sample the chili.
Keep the bowl.

50% of all proceeds from the chili bowl sales will be donated to the McKinley Elementary School Arts Program.

Friday, Dec 5
Pottery Sale and Reception 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday, Dec 6

Sunday, Dec 7
Pottery Sale 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
SDCC Chili Potluck: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
SoNoFest & Chili Cook-off: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Help raise money for McKinley Elementary school by making chili!

How does it work?
Share your favorite chili or cornbread!

1. Sign up here. Make chili or cornbread. (Or sign up in the McKinley office.)
2. Arrive on Dec 7 with your chili or cornbread at your chosen time. (Be sure to put your name and phone number on your pot and serving utensils!)
3. Entries brought by 10:30 a.m. will be entered in a chili contest! Categories include Best Overall, Best Omnivore, Best Vegetarian, Most Unique and Best Cornbread.
4. To drop off your entry by car, use Chili Alley next to SDCC, accessible from Upas St.
5. Check in at the SDCC registration table for a label to set near your entry.
6. Go buy a ceramic bowl and enjoy the festivities!

Download the flyer (English)

Download the flyer (Spanish)

Where is it?
San Diego Ceramic Connection
3216 Thorn St, San Diego, CA

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The Pottery Sale runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so come on by!



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