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
Winner: Sarah Scalo (19) Grace’s cornbread pudding
Runner-up: Tie: Fong Krause and Claudia Sinicrope (17) cornbread & spicy cheddar cornbread
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Thank you to everyone in the community who brought chili!