23 July, 2012  |   6 Comments

The 2012 Bocce Chili Cookoff, Wine Sisterhood style.

Wine Sisterhood sponsored bocce chili cookoff

Every year, Katie and I host a chili cookoff for all the bocce teams that play on Thursday night. Katie leads the team of super foxies, the Tipsy Moonshiners. She’s also a Jello shot expert. You want her on your side.

Wine Sisterhood sponsored bocce chili cookoff

Pomegranate or Meyer Lemon?
Your choice.

Wine Sisterhood sponsored bocce chili cookoff

This year, the Wine Sisterhood jumped in to sponsor the event. We were so excited for the black kraft paper covering the table — entrants used chalk to write down the names of their chili right on the paper.

Wine Sisterhood sponsored bocce chili cookoff

These amazing chalkboards pointed folks in the right direction.
They looked good to boot.

Wine Sisterhood sponsored bocce chili cookoff

As usual, the tasting was a cheerful affair, as people moved through the line with their tasting cups.

Wine Sisterhood sponsored bocce chili cookoff

Judges (everyone at bocce) put beans in the cups of their favorite chilis.
One bean for their favorite side, one bean for their favorite chili.
One bean to rule them all.

Wine Sisterhood sponsored bocce chili cookoff

Would it be the Italiano Chili?

Wine Sisterhood sponsored bocce chili cookoff

The He-Man chili?

Wine Sisterhood sponsored bocce chili cookoff

About 28 chilis in, and 15 sides, we worked to a winning finish.

Wine Sisterhood sponsored bocce chili cookoff

After the first game, we announced the winners.
The first place chili: Vino Venison chili.
First place side: Jalapeno cornbread with brown sugar bacon.

Wine Sisterhood sponsored bocce chili cookoff

This was the first place side. It was a goodie.

Wine Sisterhood sponsored bocce chili cookoff

There was an exciting tie for first place in the sides category — solved with a roll-off of course.

Wine Sisterhood sponsored bocce chili cookoff

Jen’s cheese grits and “New Familia Chili” took second place.

Wine Sisterhood sponsored bocce chili cookoff

My vote was for the cheese grits and the Vino Venison chili.

Wine Sisterhood sponsored bocce chili cookoff

Wine Sisterhood sponsored bocce chili cookoff

If you need a fun potluck idea, consider a chili cookoff. People love participating, even if they just bring dessert

Wine Sisterhood sponsored bocce chili cookoff

When it was all done, you could feel the contentment of the crowd, bellies full of beans and meat.

Wine Sisterhood sponsored bocce chili cookoff

Get your friends together, celebrate your creativity.
Win a hand-crafted glitter award.

Wine Sisterhood sponsored bocce chili cookoff

Special thanks go to the Wine Sisterhood, who covered the costs of the event and educates us all about wine. Consider heading to their gathering next year, won’t you?

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