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Lauren from Lefty's 2013


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In 2013, 30 local restaurants donated 300 gallons of chili, each hoping to win one of the coveted trophies. 14 chili aficionados from the community, including Interim Mayor Todd Gloria and Congresswoman Susan Davis, were part of a blind taste test to pick the winners. And the 2013 winners were:

Best Overall: Carnitas Snack Shack, smoked rib huajillo chili with cheddar cornbread croutons

Best Vegetarian: Sipz Vegetarian Fusion Cafe, vegan chili with soyrizo

Most Unique: Blind Lady Ale House, duck and pork chili verde

People’s Choice: Mosaic Wine Bar, spicy alligator and beef chili with a bourbon barrel stout

2013 Participating Restaurants 

2013 Judges 

  • Todd Gloria, Interim Mayor of San Diego
  • Susan Davis, Congresswoman, California’s 53rd Congressional District
  • Deborah Scott, CRG (Cohn Restaurant Group) Partner/ Executive Chef of Island Prime, Vintana, Indigo Grill, Chop Sooey and Ms. Patty Melt
  • Candice Eley, Public Relations Manager, San Diego Tourism Authority
  • Omar Passons, Attorney, Foodie, Board Member – North Park Community Association
  • Eric O’Connor, Head Brewer, Thorn Street Brewery
  • Nate Sampson, Brewmaster, Hess Brewery
  • Greg Hess, National Sales Director and Co-owner Hess Brewery
  • Tim Mays, Owner of The Casbah
  • Chuck Silva, Brewmaster, Green Flash Brewery
  • Karla Peterson, U-T Columnist
  • Don “Brickman” Taylor, volunteer and community contributor
  • Steve & Paula Cook, SoNo Fest founders & McKinley boosters
  • Chili Ambassador: Julie Ashton-Gray, Principal McKinley Elementary School

2012 Participants/Winners/Judges

2011 Participants/Winners/Judges

2010 Participants/Winners/Judges

2009 Participants/Winners/Judges

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