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January 11, 2013

Chili Bowl a tasty fundraiser

Some like it hot, some not.

Chili in a variety of concoctions will be the focus of a fundraising culinary contest next month for the Community Arts Network of Oneonta.

Organizers are seeking backers for the ninth annual Chili Bowl and arranging to have 200 individually made ceramic bowls for guests to purchase and use to hold samples of chili prepared by local restaurant chefs.

“It’s going to be fun,’’ event co-chairwoman Kellie Place said Thursday.

The 2013 Chili Bowl will be at CANO’s Wilber Mansion at 11 Ford Ave. from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 3, the same day as football’s Super Bowl 47.

Chili Bowl organizers are drawing on the resources and creativity found at the recently refurbished and re-opened Carriage House behind the Wilber Mansion.

On Thursday, some Chili Bowl enthusiasts interested in promoting the festival as a community event met in the Carriage House, where some unfinished bowls were displayed on a table in the ceramics studio.

Doug Hallberg, a founder of the Carriage House Art Studio, said he hopes to have 200 bowls ready to sell as serving bowls. CHAS opened last year to revive arts education and create opportunities for artists to teach.

Place said that CANO board President Raina D’Amico has purchased 40 bowls by local artist and teacher Elizabeth Nields to donate to the fundraiser.

Crews from the Oneonta Fire Department will judge the chili concoctions, Place said. Guests will be able to visit the recently refurbished Carriage House Art Studio, where they may pick up a bowl, she said, and then walk across the driveway to the Wilber Mansion, where the chili testing will be held.

Cindy Seward of Milford, who previously studied ceramics, contacted Hallberg last month about helping with the bowl project, and she has worked on two pieces. Seward said she has been inspired by the MacKenzie-Childs decorative style, which includes stripes, squares and dots, in a variety of colors.

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