Annual Chili Bowl Fest Fundraiser

In 1996, WSW began the Chili Bowl to bring the community together and to highlight some of the incredible work being made in our studios. Now, 23 years later, the Chili Bowl Fest has become a staple in the town of Rosendale. After all, there’s no better cure for the winter blues than a plentiful scoop of chili in a brand-new, handmade bowl.

In 23 years, we’ve also outgrown a few spaces, and now the event is held in the dining hall at SUNY Ulster – just five minutes away from the Workshop!

In addition to having some space to move, Chili Bowl guests enjoy live entertainment by In The Kitchen, raffle drawings, and the satisfaction of supporting local arts. Plus, they’ll put their new wares to use with a complementary serving of delicious, piping hot chili.

More than 20 Hudson Valley restaurants and chefs donate 50+ gallons of chili, satisfying meat-lovers, vegans, and vegetarians alike. Guests can also buy a paper bowl, and bottomless bellies can purchase additional servings.

Nearly 1,000 handmade bowls, mugs, and tumblers are created throughout the year by staff, interns, resident artists, students, and local potters. Because so many hands contribute to this process, each vessel is one-of-a-kind, and widely varied in shape, size, color, surface design, and, of course, price-point ($10-$100). Guests always have a blast looking for the perfect pieces!

Ceramics Studio Manager Ruth McKinney Burket says that ultimately, “This project is about way more than just making a whole bunch of bowls and making money. It’s about bringing people together. I think that’s a part of who we are as Women’s Studio Workshop, as a community.”

Stay tuned for info about our 24th Annual Chili Bowl Fest taking place in 2021!

This event wouldn’t be possible without the support of our local eateries! Thank you to our 2020 chili donors: The Alternative Baker, The Bakery, Blue Mountain Bistro-To Go, Boitson’s Restaurant, Bridge Creek Catering, Cafe Mio, Clemson Bros. Brewery, Creekside Bar and Bistro, Davenport Farms, The Egg’s Nest, Emmanuel’s Marketplace, Hash, High Falls Food Co-op, High Falls Kitchenette, Karma Road, Lola’s Cafe and Catering, Main Course Catering, Main Street Bistro, McGillicuddy’s Restaurant, Mexican Kitchen, Mother Earth’s Storehouse, Mohonk Mountain HouseMountain Brauhaus, Outdated Cafe, P&G’s Restaurant, The Rosendale CafeThe Roost, Stone Soup Food Co., Satisfy Hunger, The 1850 House Inn

Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors!