Food & Wine ~ Sarah Stierch

Sarah Stierch Sarah Stierch is the Food + Drink Editor of the Sun (with occasional visits to other areas of the paper). Stierch has eaten, drunk, and written her way through 13 countries and the hottest food trends and communities in the USA. She's also a racing and travel geek, venturing beyond food/booze to cover subjects that connect to Sonoma Valley, such as IndyCar racing and other wine making regions. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, the Independent, Salon, Gawker, Smithsonian and on National Public Radio, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.


Eat chili (and drink beer!) for the animals Saturday

Posted on September 17, 2015 by Sarah Stierch
Two time Sonoma Chili Cook Off winner Josh Southworth will serve up his chili on Saturday, with proceeds benefiting the Lake County Animal Shelter (Photo: Kristy Baugh)

The annual Sonoma Chili Cook Off has been canceled this year, but don’t fret chili lovers, you can still pig out on tasty chili from the two time winner, Josh Southworth, this weekend.

Saturday, Carneros Brewing Company will host Southworth, the 2013 and 2014 winner of the Sonoma Chili Cook Off.

For a mere $5 a bowl, you can score Southworth’s “2015 No Contest Beef Chili.” Beer from the brewery will also be available for purchase.

Proceeds from the chili sale will benefit the Lake County Animal Shelter. The organization has been one of the leaders in helping to shelter and care for injured animal victims from the Valley Fires – and also reconnecting pets with their families.

Saturday, they brewery will be releasing two new beers: the Fresh Hop Pale Ale and a Kölsch. These beers are extra special because they are made using the Brewery’s own estate grown hops.

Owned by the Ceja family, Carneros Brewing Company is one of the few Latino owned breweries in the United States. Only about 1% of breweries in the US are Latino owned.

All members of the family are welcome, as kids (and adults) can play cornhole and enjoy outdoor time by the nice pond on the property. Don’t like beer? The Ceja tasting room is located onsite for those looking for wine.

Southworth will be serving up chili from 11 AM-5PM, or until it’s gone.  22985 Burndale Rd, Sonoma; 938-1880;

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