All this great chili is served in unique, handmade
ceramic bowls made by
San Diego Ceramic Connection.
If you like chili and supporting a great cause, this is the event for you! Here's how things work on the day of the event:

  • Purchase your beautiful handmade ceramic chili bowl for $20 at the San Diego Ceramic Connection ($10 goes right to McKinley Elementary!)
  • Along with the bowl you'll get a wristband good for tastings of 5 of the restaurant chilis of your choice (another $5 = 5 more restaurant tastings)
  • Your bowl purchase also gets you unlimited community chili in "Chili Alley" behind the SDCC - over 50 types!
  • Don't forget to vote on your favorites! There will be a "People's Choice" restaurant winner this year, and many categories to vote on in "Chili Alley."
Other Food Options
Chili won't be the only food at the 2012 SoNo Park Holiday Fest! Look for the following food trucks to be parked at the event:

2011 Restaurant Chili Cook Off Winners:

Best Overall Chili: The Smoking Goat
2nd Best Overall: West Coast Tavern
3rd Best Overall: Kensington Grill
Best Vegetarian: Kensington Cafe
2nd Best Vegetarian: Alchemy
Most Unique (Tie for 1st): El Take it Easy / SeaRocket Bistro
2nd Most Unique: Kensington Grill
3rd Most Unique: Ritual Tavern

Thanks to North Park Trophy & Award for donating our Chili Trophies in 2011 and 2012!

2011 Judges for the Restaurant Chili Cook-Off included:

Chef Deborah Scot, Chef of Island Prime/C Level Lounge, Indigo Grill, the Chop Sooey and Ms. Patty Melt food trucks
Tim Mays, Owner of The Casbah 
Don "Brickman" Taylor
, volunteer
     Julie Ashton-Gray, Principal McKinley Elementary School
Candice Eley, PR Manager, SDCVB
Aloha Taylor, Meteorologist for Fox News
     Omar Passons, Past-President of the North Park Community Association
Chuck Silva, Green Flash Brewery Brewmaster

* Alchemy Restaurant runs the Scratch Culinary Education Program, a program that teaches both elementary students and food service professionals the importance, and the “how to”, of scratch cooking. Alchemy offers a culinary education class for elementary and middle school students, where they learn about food science, sustainability, and basic culinary techniques. McKinley Elementary is one of the participating schools.McKinley students will join with the chefs at Alchemy to create a special chili for the event.