Last December, Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton, California held a fundraiser that included an artisan bowl filled with artisan chili for $20. The monies went to their arts educational program. The holiday fair had booths set up on the lawn selling all sorts of arts and crafts, but I was focused on a chili lunch in a bowl crafted by a local artist.
I had a picture in my mind about the color shape and size of the bowl I wanted. I had dismal hopes of finding any chili that I could eat, as I’m vegan.
I was beyond thrilled when I found out they had 11 choices of chili and four of them were vegan. Two of my party had a pumpkin black bean chili, we agreed it might have been the best chili we’d ever eaten. The cooks provided the recipes for their works; my artistisan cook was Fred Trapini. I’m making his crockpot chili this weekend. Thank you, Fred!
We arrived just as they opened. The four of us immediately found bowls that we loved. I was especially thrilled as I found the size and color and texture of my dream bowl. The Native American artist Rowan Harrison created the bowl to the left. I hope I can get another one next year. Not only is it the perfect size for my morning porridge and weekend chili, but it is gorgeous to look at, has a fascinating texture, and is a lovely weight. Thank you, Rowan!
The chili fundraiser was packed, so I hope they’re planning another event this December. Lots of venues for kids and don’t get me started on the beautiful grounds. Hey, the art gallery was open also and I enjoyed my time wandering among the oils and watercolors, replete with chili and cornbread served in a fine bowl.
Happy eating and exploring, Michelle Knowlden