Most of the past week has been perfect chili weather, drizzly and cold. But for Saturday’s chili cook-off at the Point Park and Eats, Mother Nature decided to provide a perfect day. Thermometer readings were in the 80s as the panel of judges gathered to taste the various bowls of red that had been cooked up for the day’s event.
Judges included Jason Ard from Branchline Brewing Co., Chili Queens Ana Fernandez and Jenn Villanueva from the Institute of Chili (their chili had been named best in the county last fall by Food & Wine magazine), Katy Baez and Shawn Gordon of Keep It Local Team, Jessica Elizarraras of the Current, and myself. When we had finished tasting the entries in the early afternoon, Slider Provider had come out on top with its dense bowl of meat and spices.
The public had a little longer to make up their minds, and when their votes were tallied, Pork U took the prize for people’s choice.
The real winners were the folks who took advantage of the unseasonably fine weather and sampled their way through more than the chilis. There were also fine foods from trucks such as Dixieland BBQ, Ritts Twisted Brisket and Rickshaw Stop, while Chocollazo offers fondue and truffles to finish off the meal. Karbach Brewing Co. handed out beer samples, while a DJ handled the tunes.
I don’t know who Denise Aguirre and Noel Cisneros, owners of the Point, paid for such a day, but it was worth every cent.