October 30, 2014

Topanga Community Club Hosts Annual Swap Meet and Chili Cookoff

 

PHOTOS BY KATIE DALSEMER, 2012©

Topanga Community Club Hosts Annual Swap Meet and Chili Cookoff

One slice of each delicious pie went to the judges and the rest were quickly gobbled up.

Blame it on a beautiful, crisp autumn day or a collective sigh of relief after a long, anxious election season, but the 30th Annual Swap Meet and Chili Cook Off just seemed more festive and down-to earth this year.

There was chili to warm the heart and luscious pie to tempt the palette at the Topanga Community House on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Out of all the entries, the "Chili with Meat" winners were Miles Lewis and Ben Friedus. Randy Just earned second place with his very meaty chili. The vegetarian chili winners were Tom Duket and the very veggie team of Lewis and Freidus won again taking second place.

The judges, Bob Jason, Kevin Reed, Karla Morrison, Debora Musikar and Ernie Demontreux, tasted anonymous samples of chili in the Penny Room. They also took on the difficult task of tasting one piece from all of the pies.

In the end, however, Randy Just and Kelly Meehan won first and second place for their apple pie entries; Donna Falcon and Karen O’Hearn won first and second for non-apple pies.

Meanwhile, Jewels and Johnny Nation rocked the crowd outside the Community House with their band. They are not only talented musicians, but also enthusiastic volunteers at many Topanga events.

Topanga Community Club Hosts Annual Swap Meet and Chili Cookoff

Bob Jason (left) and Kevin Reed (right) sampled chili in the Penny Room and took notes about their favorites.

While the panel finished judging the tasty entries, Sophie Rose performed on-stage inside the Community House. At just 13 she’s already released a CD brimming with her sweet vocals and collaborations with a number of notable country-western musicians.

And best of all, as the crowd checked out the swap meet and food, by the end of the day, all of the winning chili and pie was gobbled up.

Topanga Community Club Hosts Annual Swap Meet and Chili Cookoff

Rick Provisor (right) served up an ice-cold beer to JD Burditt. The Latin adage on Provisor’s shirt translates into “If you wish for peace, prepare for war.”



Topanga Community Club Hosts Annual Swap Meet and Chili Cookoff

Elaine Hanson had the important task of collecting chili from the cooks all the while keeping everything anonymous for the judges.



Topanga Community Club Hosts Annual Swap Meet and Chili Cookoff

Miles Lewis (L) and Ben Friedus (R) (holding their prizes) won first place for meat chili and second place for vegetarian. Their chili was such a big hit that by the time they won they had completely sold out of both.



Topanga Community Club Hosts Annual Swap Meet and Chili Cookoff

Even though they were too young to hear them the first time around, Megan Zoë Colvard (L) and Jeanine Minge (R) appreciated the eclectic array of vintage albums offered at this eclectic swap meet booth.



Topanga Community Club Hosts Annual Swap Meet and Chili Cookoff

Joe Till holds one of his beautiful handmade guitars in a booth that also displayed his whimsical music-inspired pieces.



Topanga Community Club Hosts Annual Swap Meet and Chili Cookoff

Jewels and Johnny Nation rocked outside the Community House with their band. These talented musicians are also enthusiastic volunteers at many Topanga events.



Topanga Community Club Hosts Annual Swap Meet and Chili Cookoff

Jim Crawford, known locally as a Topanga musician, has branched-out his creativity to include ceramics. He’s pictured here with Lola Summers who just purchased one of his pieces.



Topanga Community Club Hosts Annual Swap Meet and Chili Cookoff

Alex Rizanova, originally from Ukraine, showed how her beautiful knit-ware catches the light.



Topanga Community Club Hosts Annual Swap Meet and Chili Cookoff

Photographer and swap meet seller, James Wvinner, props up his giggly daughter Gaia on one of the coolest toys ever—a classic Lite-Brite.



Topanga Community Club Hosts Annual Swap Meet and Chili Cookoff

(From left) Jewels Nation, Karla Morrison and Elaine Hanson announced the names of the winners and awarded prizes in all of the categories.



Topanga Community Club Hosts Annual Swap Meet and Chili Cookoff

Shani Hiland showed-off a Spirit t-shirt with a logo designed by local artist Rhonda Conry. All proceeds of t-shirt sales benefit Topanga Elementary School.



Topanga Community Club Hosts Annual Swap Meet and Chili Cookoff

A luscious strawberry-banana cream pie baked by Anna Hyman was one of the entries into the 30th Annual Topanga Swap Meet and Chili Cookoff on Nov. 10.



Topanga Community Club Hosts Annual Swap Meet and Chili Cookoff

Gabrielle Lamirand awarded Tom Duket his prizes after he won first place for vegetarian chili.



Topanga Community Club Hosts Annual Swap Meet and Chili Cookoff

Sophie Rose performs on-stage inside the Community House. At just 13 she’s already released a CD brimming with her sweet vocals and collaborations with a number of notable country-western musicians.