20th Annual Chili Bowl Fiesta

This year at Ulster County Community College!

February is right around the corner, and you know what that means…it’s time for WSW’s Chili Bowl Fiesta!

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, 20 years later, the Chili Bowl Fiesta 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 20 years, we’ve also outgrown a few spaces, and this year the event will be hosted in the dining hall at Ulster County Community College – just five minutes away from the Workshop!

In addition to having some space to move, this year’s Fiesta guests will 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!

In honor of our 20th Anniversary Chili Bowl, we also cordially invite the community to join WSW for a special Chili Bowl Exhibition, opening on Friday, January 13, 2017, and featuring work from all of the residents and interns who have had their hand in the Fiesta’s success over the last 20 years!

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.”

We hope to see you there!

February 25, 2017
2 – 4 pm Early Bird admission, $5
4 – 7 pm Free admission and live music
Live music throughout the day!

Ulster County Community College
491 Cottekill Road
Stone Ridge, NY 12484


The 20th Annual Chili Bowl Fiesta is sponsored by:



And we extend a huge thank you to all of our chili and cornbread donors:

The Alternative BakerBacchusThe BakeryBridge Creek CateringBlue Mountain Bistro To-Go, Cafe MioThe Gilded Otter, High Falls Food Co-Op, Karma Road, The Kitchenette, Main Course Catering, Main Street BistroMarket MarketMexican Kitchen, Mohonk Mountain HouseMother Earth’s Storehouse, Mountain BrauhausP&G’s Restaurant & BarRed Brick Tavern, The RoostThe Rosendale Café, and Tuthill House at the Mill.