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.
Pomegranate or Meyer Lemon?
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.
These amazing chalkboards pointed folks in the right direction.
They looked good to boot.
As usual, the tasting was a cheerful affair, as people moved through the line with their tasting cups.
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.
Would it be the Italiano Chili?
The He-Man chili?
About 28 chilis in, and 15 sides, we worked to a winning finish.
After the first game, we announced the winners.
The first place chili: Vino Venison chili.
First place side: Jalapeno cornbread with brown sugar bacon.
This was the first place side. It was a goodie.
There was an exciting tie for first place in the sides category — solved with a roll-off of course.
Jen’s cheese grits and “New Familia Chili” took second place.
My vote was for the cheese grits and the Vino Venison chili.
If you need a fun potluck idea, consider a chili cookoff. People love participating, even if they just bring dessert
When it was all done, you could feel the contentment of the crowd, bellies full of beans and meat.
Get your friends together, celebrate your creativity.
Win a hand-crafted glitter award.