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Chili & Chowder
Cook-Off 2019! Another sellout crowd!

   There were lots of exceptional chilis and chowders competing for the top award at the Aug. 11 10th Annual Pacifica Chili & Chowder Cook-Off to benefit the historic Pedro Point Firehouse! Our judges had a tough time picking a winner in each category – as did attendees voting in the People’s Choice Awards.  Congratulations go to the following contestants who were crowned as the 2019 Champions:

Best Chili (Traditional) = LEO LEON & KRIS GEIGER, Chili Dog Chili
Best Chili (Non-Traditional) = OCEANA MARKET, Pork Chili Verde
Best Chowder = MOONRAKER, New England Clam Chowder


Best Chili = MICHAEL BROWN, 3-Way Chili
Best Chowder = 4 MEN AND A CLAM, Boston Clam Chowder

The competition was fierce and there were many other excellent entries, so we want to thank and congratulate all the other talented competitors including;  CiCi Coates, Brittany Ertola, Cody George + Carl Vinson, Lucas Catering, The Pacifica Historical Society, Trish & Josh Porter, and Ryan Vaterlaus. 

   By all accounts, the event was a LOT of fun and we hope many of you will share your photos and comments.   Congrats to all the competitors, and many thanks to the wonderful judges, volunteers, committee members and generous donors for making the day such a big success… hope to see everyone back in August 2020 for the 11th annual Cook-Off!

2018 Recap:

It was another fantastic, festive crowd of more than 250 chili and chowder aficionados at the firehouse on
Sunday, August 12 for the 9th Annual Pacifica Chili and Chowder Cook-Off. Fans were eager to taste the chili and chowder of 14 contestants and cast their votes for the People’s Choice Best Chili and Best Chowder. The guest judges had difficult decisions to make. Thank you to judges Horace Hinshaw of the Pacifica Tribune, Pacifica Resource Center Director Anita Rees, San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley, Recology of the Coast General Manager Chris Porter and Pacifica Java Coffee owner Deborah Patterson.

After a blind tasting of 11 chilis and three chowders, winners were awarded in the following categories:
Best Chowder – Professional: Lucas Catering
Best Chowder – People’s Choice: Moonraker
Best Chili – Professional: Moonraker
Best Chili- Home Chef: Maggie Brown
Best Chili – People’s Choice: Ryan Vaterlaus

The Pedro Point Community Association wishes to thank and congratulate all the other competitors for making the event such a great success. Thank you to all the volunteers, Pedro Point Brewing Co., French Patisserie and the band—the Kent Road Ramblers!

This event was hosted by the Pedro Point Community Association. All proceeds (more than $4,000 this year)
benefit the historic Pedro Point Firehouse

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