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Eat the chili, take the bowl

Posted on February 7, 2024 by Sonoma Valley Sun


Take out? At the Sonoma Community Center’s 14th annual Chili Bowl event, you eat the meal and take the bowl home.

The 14th annual affair — beans and no beans — is Saturday, February 24. 

There will be three seatings: lunch at 11:30am or 1:30pm, and a dinner with cocktail hour beginning at 5pm.

Among the local chefs providing their own delicious version of chili: Allikai, Aunt Momo’s, Chef Kyle Kuklewski, Delicious Dish, El Dorado Kitchen, Girl & the Fig, Hopmonk, Sonoma Grille, Spread Kitchen, and the SCC Culinary Crew

Vegetarian and meat options will be available.

Chili Bowl is the primary fundraiser for the Ceramics Department. The SCC team, studio members, and volunteers have created over 800 handmade bowls plus cups for the cocktail hour, vases for the tables, and serving platters. 

Upon arrival, guests will choose a bowl to keep and then visit the kitchen to make their selection from the chili choices. Dinner attendees will also pick a handmade ceramic cup for their choice of craft cocktails, wine, beer, or mocktails during the cocktail hour.

“We are feeling really enthusiastic about 2024 at the Sonoma Community Center, especially for this year’s Chili Bowl,” said Director of Ceramics, Meg Billingham. “We are just incredibly excited to share a day with our community.”

The event takes place with family-style seating all over the Sonoma Community Center building, 276 E. Napa St. Live entertainment will happen in Andrews Hall and additional ceramics will be available for purchase while sampling desserts in Gallery 212.

A silent auction will be held throughout the day and will be available online for those not in attendance.

The Sonoma Community Center is located at 276 East Napa Street in Sonoma. Tickets for the 14th Annual Chili Bowl may be purchased at 

Lunch tickets are $35 per person and dinner tickets are $70. Order here or call 707-938-4626.

The annual Chili Bowl event is made possible by over 2,000 human hours. Over 1 metric ton of clay (mixed in-house), more than 40 gallons of glaze (hand mixed), and 60+ kiln loads create all of the ceramics for lunch and dinner.

The Center will serve over 100 gallons of handmade chili from local chefs, 1,000 pieces of cornbread, and 24 pounds of sour cream (donated by Straus Family Creamery). It all happens because of the generosity of over 20 community sponsors and 200+ volunteers.

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