The annual SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-off is an accumulation of the incredible idea a certain ceramic crafter had, an army of hard-working parent volunteers, creative and generous Chefs, local breweries with big hearts and spectacular neighborhood businesses who sign on to sponsor this beloved event! Cruise by the Mission Federal Credit Union booth and give them a high-five for their Gold Plus sponsorship. Their dedication to this community and their understanding of how important this event is for the kids at McKinley Elementary is amazing. LJG Partners, Xerox and the Union Tribune are all showing SoNo Fest their support and we couldn’t pull off such a great event without all of them. Waypoint Public hasn’t been in North Park long, but they stepped up to sponsor this year; now there is even more reason to stop in for a craft brew, Public Style burger and those fries we dream about. Our neighborhood North Park Thursday Farmers’ Market is proud to say they have sponsored this incredible event for three years now. It takes a village to pull together this delicious day- take some time to show our sponsors the love!
It’s meat, beans and tomatoes, right? Not the chili served up at the SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-off! You’ll find more than a few surprising ingredients in your chili bowl on Sunday, and you won’t be disappointed. Newcomer Bubs at the Ballpark is coming in strong with a Mild Chili featuring.. Elk! Another newbie, City Tacos, is determined not to be outdone- make sure you try their Two Bean Lamb Chili with Jalapeno Cheddar Polenta Croutons made with Australian leg of Lamb, pinto and kidney beans, jalapeno cheddar cheese and cornmeal croutons *whew*! Last-minute addition Eclipse Chocolate will fill your bowl with their Pork & Black Bean Chili featuring Dark & White Chocolate Moles (we knew they’d work the chocolate in there.. what a combo!). Going bean-free this year, Fish Public is serving up a Smoked Pork Belly, Short Rib and Ground Pork Chili with roasted veggies and hints of espresso and Guinness. Of course returning Best Overall Chili Champion Ritual Tavern is cooking up something special, and this year’s concoction will be a collaboration between Ritual’s Chef Jonathan Harthorn and Albert Juarez of The Meat Men: a Smoked Beef Brisket and Alligator & Wild Boar Sausage Chili, with a heat rating of hot. Adventurous eaters, get ready!
Pork rules at the SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-off, and our local Chefs competing in this year’s contest prove it! Returning favorite Hamiltons Tavern is cooking up a Green Pork Chili and you’ll want to try Starlite’s ‘Chili from the Heart’ with pork, beef and chicken. Looking for something unique? Taste Station Tavern’s Shredded Pork Belly & Black Bean Chili or Hawaiian Style Pork Chili from True North Tavern. We always look forward to Chef Matt Gordon’s chili creation; and this year Urban Solace is serving up a medium heat Verde Smoked Pork Chili! Check out Brabant Bar & Cafe’s Spicy Creole Pork Chili and save room for the Spicy Pork Chili from Tiger! Tiger! Pork… it’s what’s for dinner (or lunch) this Sunday, December 7th!
Don’t eat meat? The SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-off has you covered! Some of our fabulous local Chefs are simmering up hearty vegetarian and vegan chilis that even the carnivores will love. Chef Joanne Sherif of Cardamom Cafe will be serving up a medium-spiced vegetarian bean and veggie version with a sriracha chili sauce and croissant cheese crisp on top. Newcomer The Haven tells us their Sweet & Spicy Chili will include two types of beans, loads of vegetables and a house spicy sauce, and meat eaters will have the option to add candied bacon! Looking for a vegan option? Fill your bowl with Kensington Cafe and Ranchos Cocina’s meatless options, or grab a taste of the Black Eyed Pea Chili from Panama 66 with house made soyrizo, beer and mild chilis. Move over meat, the vegetarian versions are hot this year!
Sure the SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-off serves up amazing chili and your favorite local brews, but don’t forget to bring your holiday shopping list! The craft vendors have been busy making one-of-a-kind gifts and you don’t want to miss this opportunity to shop from them all gathered in one place for the day. North Park resident Kristen Saylor of Boho Baby turns adult clothing into adorable baby and toddler fashions; pick out a unique outfit for the little ones on your list! The Butcher Press is back again this year so you can stock up on cool t-shirts and screen prints, and pick up hand-crafted modern farmhouse chic decor from Old Urban Farmhouse. Don’t forget the card! Sable & Snow creates original cards (including a fantastic selection of holiday cards for the 2014 season!) and journals. Shop local at the SoNo Fest this year!
The much anticipated annual SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-off brings together local Chefs for some friendly competition. Each of this year’s 40 participating restaurants are creating a version of chili for the public and some very lucky judges to enjoy, and you should expect the unexpected. The newcomers are starting off on the right foot for the North/South Park foodie crowd, Bazinga Eatery is cooking up a Pumpkin and Kabocha Squash Mac n’ Cheese Chili (say that five times fast) that’s sure to set them apart. Buona Forchetta will fill your bowl with a twist on the Italian classic ‘Pasta E Fagioli’, translated as ‘pasta and beans’, and save room for the ‘Hot Sumo’ from North Park newbie Safehouse: togarashi spices, shishito peppers, kurobuta sausage and ground beef. Get your bowl and load it up with these unique dishes served at this year’s SoNo Fest!