On Saturday at San Francisco’s El Rio bar, where a giant cut-out of Carmen Miranda looks down on the back courtyard, Crowded Fire Theatre Company held a festive fundraising chili cook-off.
Here are the competitors, who each contributed three chilis — traditional, veggie and “anything goes”:
Crowded Fire (actually this is just Mollena Williams, but her chili had the event’s best name)
Here are Crowded Fire artistic directors (and newlyweds) Kent Nicholson and Cassie Beck:
And here are the fine judges (Chloe Veltman of the SF Weekly, yours truly and Karen D’Souza of the San Jose Mercury News):
The overall winning chili was Playwrights Foundation’s traditional chili, “Fires in the Chili.”
Here are all the winners:
It was a great event. Everyone had a marvelous time, and with luck, funds were raised to keep all these artists in business.