More than 450 colorful bowls sit on shelves at Carriage House Arts Studios, ready to be endlessly filled and emptied at the 10th annual Chili Bowl cook-off and fundraiser on Sunday at Wilber Mansion.
Doug Hallberg, owner and director of Carriage House Arts Studios, said more than 80 community volunteers, high school students, college students and professional potters gathered at his studio on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons in December and January to create the bowls for the big event, put on by the non-profit Community Arts Network of Oneonta.
The bowls will soon be brimming with more than 20 different chili recipes, entered by local restaurants, organizations and individuals, according to Kim Condon, co-chairwoman of the event, which will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Volunteer artists of all ages were invited to either create a bowl from scratch on the pottery wheel or paint a bisque bowl, Hallberg said.
“This year’s collection is the most interesting collection of bowls we’ve ever had,” Hallberg said. “It was a community effort, with a great deal of family involvement.”
Condon said each guest will be able to enjoy unlimited chili samples in their choice of bowl, ranging in price from $15 to $65, depending on the artist. She said anyone who buys a bowl will be able to vote for their favorite chili.
Last year, CANO sold 400 bowls, including 150 cardboard bowls that were used after the hand-painted ones sold out. This year’s event, Condon said, is expected to be even bigger. Organizers anticipate between 500 and 700 attendees.
Chili entries will be submitted by both novice and experienced culinary artists, as well as local restaurants, such as The Red Caboose, Bella Michael’s, the Autumn Café, Soda Jerks and B Side Ballroom and Supper Club. The entries will be judged in two categories, the People’s Choice Award and the Blind Taste Test Award, which will be judged by five members of the Oneonta Fire Department.