Muckenthaler’s Chili and Bowls December 2017

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

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About mlknowlden

In 2011, I left engineering to write full-time. Between the years 1992 and 2011, I’ve published 14 stories with Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine that have featured the hypochondriac detective Micky Cardex and two stories that did not. The 1998 story “No, Thank You, John” was nominated for a Shamus award. Many of these stories have been included in anthologies and translated in multiple languages. With Neal Shusterman, I’ve also published a science fiction story for the More Amazing Stories anthology (Tor) published in 1998 and co-authored with Neal Shusterman an X-Files Young Adult novel (DARK MATTER) for HarperCollins in 1999 under the name Easton Royce. For Simon & Schuster in July 2012, we published an e-novella UNSTRUNG in Neal's UNWIND world. I have graduate degrees in English and Electrical Engineering.
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One Response to Muckenthaler’s Chili and Bowls December 2017

  1. otter352 says:

    I still have the two chili bowls I bought kind of like brother and sister bowls, always brings a smile to my face when I use them.

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