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13th Annual Chili Cook-off and Pottery Sale to Benefit Local School

(SAN DIEGO) The annual chili cook-off and pottery sale is a great way to support your local community this weekend. Pottery sales will take place through the weekend but the main event is on Sunday December 6.

The 13th Annual Chili Cook-off is sponsored by the San Diego Ceramic Connection (SDCC) studio, a fully outfitted studio and gallery, established in 1997 by Master Japanese potter, Kouta Shimazaki. The studio provides students with various important ceramic techniques like wedging, throwing, trimming, glazing, shape and balance. Students work year round to produce unique ceramic pieces and many of them will have several pieces available for purchase.

Fifty percent of the proceeds raised from the sale of chili bowls will benefit the McKinley School Art Fund and assist elementary-aged children in expressing their voices and creativity through art.

The pottery sale begins with a reception on Friday at 6 p.m. and continues through the weekend.

On Sunday, pottery sales begin at 10 a.m. and continue throughout the day, but if you want to sample the delicious chili, you must first buy a bowl. Prices range between $7-$10 and in addition to being able to take your bowl home for future use, you can sample chili in the following categories: best meat, best seafood, best vegetarian, most unique, and hottest but edible.

The chili competition sampling begins at noon on Sunday and aside from casting a vote for your favorite chili, participants will also have a chance to sample entries in the best corn bread, best cookies or brownies and the best cake or pie categories.

Ceramic student and chili entrant Katie Spencer feels that, “for both children and adults, having an artistic outlet is a valuable part of creating balance in our busy lives.” She hopes the whole community will turn out for the wonderful event, adding, “Arts programs are definitely reliant on the support of the local community.”