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Sunday, December 2, 2012


Scene from last year's So-No Park Holiday Fest and Chilipalooza               Photo by Arlene Ibarra

SO-NO RIVALRY IS SIMPLY WHO CAN HAVE THE MOST FUN—Yes, there is a looming civil war between North Park and South Park as to which neighborhood is the coolest.   But on Saturday, Dec. 2nd, cooler heads have prevailed and cooked up a truce event bringing both historic neighborhoods together for the holidays. Called the 3rd Annual So-No Park Holiday Fest and Chilipalooza at Thorn and 32nd Streets in North Park, the fest also marks the 16th annual San Diego Ceramic Connection Chili Cook-off.  

Offered at the 11 am to 5 pm event will be chili in hand-spun ceramic bowls, great holiday gifts and crafts from local artisan, live music, kids stuff, and a very popular Craft Beer Garden.

SoNo Park Holiday Fest is presented by the McKinley Elementary PTC and the San Diego Ceramic Connection and made possible by many other enlightened sponsors and volunteers.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the McKinley Elementary art and music programs.  All donations are tax deductible. If you can't make the event, but would still like to support our local school, contact us.

Let the smack-talking begin! Listed below are the great neighborhood restaurants are ready to go to battle in 2012 over who makes the most creative chili. 
Alchemy  Restaurant / McKinley Student Chefs*
Blind Lady Alehouse/Tiger! Tiger!
Hamiltons Tavern
Juan Chou
Kensington Cafe
Kensington Grill
The Linkery/El Take It Easy!
Phil's BBQ
Ranchos Cocina
Rebecca's (2009 Winner: Best Overall)
Ritual Tavern (2010 Winner: Best Overall)
Sea Rocket Bistro
The Smoking Goat (2011 Winner: Best Overall)
Splash Wine Lounge & Bistro
Station Tavern
True North Tavern
Uptown Tavern
Urban Solace
West Coast Tavern

Last year’s 2011 Restaurant Chili Cook Off Winners:
2011 Best Overall Chili: The Smoking Goat
2nd Best Overall: West Coast Tavern
3rd Best Overall: Kensington Grill 2011
Best Vegetarian: Kensington Cafe
2nd Best Vegetarian: Alchemy
2011 Most Unique (Tie for 1st): El Take it Easy / SeaRocket Bistro
2nd Most Unique: Kensington Grill
3rd Most Unique: Ritual Tavern

Kudos Korner: Thanks to all of the local restaurants that participated. And thanks to North Park Trophy & Award for donating the Chili Trophies in 2011 and 2012!

2011 Judges for the Restaurant Chili Cook-Off included:
--Chuck Silva, Green Flash Brewery Brewmaster
--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
--Chef Deborah Scot, Chef of Island Prime/C Level Lounge, Indigo Grill, the Chop Sooey and Ms. Patty Melt food trucks

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