It was a Texas takeover at the 10th annual Woodbridge Winery Chili Cookoff. At least a third of the teams hailed from the Lone Star State, but Californians made a good showing despite the Southern crowd.
Twenty-five teams started cooking at 9 a.m. A crowd trickled onto the property, lured by the smell of simmering meats and tempting spices. They lingered among the entrants in a classic car show, sipping wine and eagerly awaiting the judge’s results. Proceeds from the event benefited the Lodi Public Library Foundation.