Isabella's Wins West Coast Chowder Competition Thursday June 23, 2011
Isabella’s Takes Top Prize in The West Coast Chowder Competition while other Awards Head North to Seattle.
On June 11th , 2011 The West Coast Chowder Competition joined The Monterey Wine Festival for a day of exceptional chowders, great wines, spirits, beers, entertainment and more. The much anticipated West Coast Chowder Competition kicked off at Noon with 20 professional chefs entering as many as three chowders each into three categories. Clam Chowder, Seafood Chowder and Creative Chowder allowed for a wide variety of interpretations and recipes. Only professional chefs were allowed to compete and only from the West Coast. Chefs came from as far away as Seattle, Washington and San Diego to see if they could capture the top Copper Pot awards and place within the various categories. The Copper Pot Award goes to The Best of Show and the People’s Choice Award each year and is handed around to the next winner much like the Stanley Cup of Hockey.
The competition was fierce with scoring based on Appearance, Flavor, Texture and for the Creative Category actual creativity of the chowder ingredients. Judges split into groups to find the top in each category and then tasted the top from each to find Best of Show.
Isabella’s Restaurant, owned by Tene Shake, claimed victory this year with his Creative Chowder of sweet crab, corn and jalapeño’s. It won 1st place in the creative category as well as top prize Best of Show. Additionally, another Shake restaurant The Fish Hopper took top place in the Seafood Category. Overall each of the Shake family restaurants have received top awards in the first two years of The West Coast Chowder Competition and they want to continue that tradition next year too. “It’s fun to compete and be out with all the other restaurants and it definitely keeps us all on our toes, when it’s all said and done receiving top honors is really exciting and keeps us in suspense, we never take anything for granted. I never imagined I might win this year,” said Tene Shake, “We’re walking on cloud nine.”
Of the other restaurants who share the 1st place spotlight they too were all smiles. Willie Franz of Characters in The Marriott Hotel won in the Clam Chowder category, a very coveted moniker, while Lou Lou’s Griddle in the Middle took 2nd in the category and 3rd went to Chef Ressul Rassallat of Club XIX, Pebble Beach fame. In the Seafood Category Flaherty’s and Sam’s Chowder House took 2nd and 3rd. For the 2nd and 3rd place in the Creative Category Domenico’s on the Wharf and Duke’s Chowder House received honors.
The People’s Choice Award sees the pot move north to Seattle where Larry Mellum of Pike Place Chowder will give it a home for the next year or maybe more…. “We are thrilled to have won the People's Choice Award, thank you, thank you, thank you. We are very proud of the chowders we serve so to have that acknowledged by the attendees is great news. We love the people who came to the event in Monterey we had a great time. So, thank you to the Monterey Wine Festival and the sponsors for putting on this event. In Seattle we are often compared to the restaurants of Monterey by visitors to Pike Place Market so expanding this event to include any and all of us on the West coast was brilliant. Thank you."
“What makes this competition so interesting is the fact that all of these professional chefs have proven themselves in award winning restaurants. Therefore on any given day any of them might win or you could have an upset, as in the case of Chef Benito winning second in Clam Chowder from Lou Lou’s Griddle in the Middle. It only goes to show that even the little guy can win. No one can ever predict the results of competitions like this, we simply have to wait to see what happens. The way we have it set up the judges have no idea whose chowder they are judging and that alone allows the chowders to speak for themselves. With this competition you might have the best chowder, but if the appearance you’ve given it isn’t up to par with a nice bowl or some type of embellishment you can lose the whole thing. It’s a nail biter!” said Chris Cannard, director of the competition. “We’re already looking forward to next year’s entries.”
13 December 2013
17 November 2013
15 November 2013
15 November 2013
11 October 2013
comments powered by Disqus.
Food Festival & Events Calendar
August 1-September 5, 2016 Houston Restaurant WeeksHouston, Texas August 25-September 5, 2016 Alaska State FairPalmer, Alaska August 25-September 5, 2016 Maryland State FairTimonium, Maryland August 25-September 5, 2016 Minnesota State FairFalcon Heights, Minnesota August 25-Sept 5, 2016 The Great New York State FairSyracuse, New York August 25-September 5, 2016 Evergreen State FairMonroe, Washington August 26-September 5, 2016 Colorado State FairPueblo, Colorado August 26-September 5, 2016 Nebraska State FairGrand Island, Nebraska August 26-September 5, 2016 Oregon State FairSalem, Oregon August 30-September 1, 2016 Annual Farm Progress ShowBoone, Iowa Aug 31-Sept 2, 2016 Meals On Wheels Conference & ExpoNashville, Tennessee August 31-September 3, 2016 The Sweet Corn FestivalMillersport, Ohio Aug 31-Sept 4, 2016 Walla Walla Fair & Frontier DaysWalla Walla, Washington Aug 31-Sept 5, 2016 Twin Falls County Fair & Magic Valley StampedeFiler, Idaho August 31-Sept 5, 2016 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-offSparks, Nevada August 31-September 5, 2016 Van Wert County FairVan Wert, Ohio September ?, 2016 The Traveling Plate O'ahuOahu, Hawaii September 1, 2016 The Farmer And The Chef SouthLong Neck, Delaware September 1, 2016 12th Annual Tomato FestivalColumbia, Missouri September 1-3, 2016 Annual Peach DaysHurricane City, Utah September 1-4, 2016 31st National Championship Chuckwagon RaceClinton, Arkansas September 1-5, 2016 7th Annual Key West BrewFestKey West, Florida September 1-5, 2016 Old Threshers ReunionMount Pleasant, Iowa September 1-5, 2016 Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum FestivalMorgan City, Louisiana September 1-5, 2016 Michigan Peach Festival of RomeoRomeo, Michigan September 1-5, 2016 South Dakota State FairHuron, South Dakota September 1-5, 2016 86th Annual Golden Onion DaysPayson, Utah September 1-30, 2016 California Wine MonthStatewide, California September 1-30, 2016 Flavor Palm BeachPalm Beach, Florida September 2-3, 2016 8th Annual Little Woody Barrel Aged Beer, Cider & Whiskey FestivalBend, Oregon September 2-3, 2016 Annual Beach, Boogie & BBQ FestivalMyrtle Beach, South Carolina September 2-3, 2016 43rd Annual World Championship BBQ Goat Cook-OffBrady, Texas September 2-3, 2016 Midway Swiss DaysMidway, Utah September 2-4, 2016 Cordova Fungus FestivalCordova, Alaska September 2-4, 2016 626 Night MarketArcadia, California September 2-4, 2016 Sonoma Wine Country WeekendSonoma, California September 2-4, 2016 Los Angeles Times' The TasteLos Angeles, California September 2-4, 2016 25th Annual Greek FestivalFort Walton Beach, Florida September 2-4, 2016 80th Annual Kamiah BBQ DaysKamiah, Idaho September 2-4, 2016 79th Annual Nauvoo Grape FestivalNauvoo, Illinois September 2-4, 2016 Jackson County Watermelon FestivalBrownstown, Indiana September 2-4, 2016 Louisiana Seafood FestivalNew Orleans, Louisiana September 2-4, 2016 69th Annual Hard Crab DerbyCrisfield, Maryland September 2-4, 2016 Coastal Uncorked Food & Wine FestivalMyrtle Beach, South Carolina September 2-4, 2016 Annual BrewMaster's International Beer FestivalGalveston, Texas September 2-4, 2016 24th Annual Old Time FarmfestFountain City, Wisconsin September 2-4, 2016 79th Wilhelm Tell FestivalNew Glarus, Wisconsin September 2-5, 2016 Taylor Sweet Corn FestivalTaylor, Arizona September 2-5, 2016 67th Annual Coconino County FairFort Tuthill County Park, Arizona September 2-5, 2016 35th Malibu Chili Cook-Off Carnival & FairMalibu, California September 2-5, 2016 156th Woodstock Agricultural FairWoodstock, Connecticut September 2-5, 2016 Ligonier Marshmallow FestivalLigonier, Indiana September 2-5, 2016 Marshall County Blueberry FestivalPlymouth, Indiana September 2-5, 2016 Clyde Watermelon FestivalClyde, Kansas September 2-5, 2016 70th Annual Michigan Bean FestivalFairgrove, Michigan September 2-5, 2016 Annual Wild Rice DaysMcGregor, Minnesota September 2-5, 2016 63rd Western Minnesota Steam Thresher's ReunionRollag, Minnesota September 2-5, 2016 Fallon Cantaloupe Festival & Country FairFallon, Nevada Sept 2-5, 2016 Hopkinton State FairContoocook, New Hampshire September 2-5, 2016 North Carolina Apple FestivalHendersonville, North Carolina September 2-5, 2016 Texas Potjie FestivalRusk, Texas September 2-11, 2016 5th Annual Boothbay Harbor FestBoothbay Harbor, Maine September 2-11, 2016 23rd Annual Tennessee Soybean FestivalMartin, Tennessee September 3, 2016 45th Annual St. William Seafood FestivalGuntersville, Alabama September 3, 2016 Wild Harvest FeastCordova, Alaska September 3, 2016 11th Annual Phoenix CooksScottsdale, Arizona September 3, 2016 Julian Grape Stomp FestaJulian, California September 3, 2016 Keystone’s OktoberfestKeystone, Colorado September 3, 2016 West Cape May Tomato FestivalNew Jersey September 3, 2016 13th Annual Taste of Hamburg-er FestivalHamburg, Pennsylvania September 3, 2016 Taste of the Mountains Main Street FestivalMadison, Virginia September 3, 2016 70th Annual Seafood Festival & Craft ShowWestport, Washington September 3-4, 2016 46th Annual Millbrae Art & Wine FestivalMillbrae, California September 3-4, 2016 OktoberfestBeaver Creek, Colorado September 3-4, 2016 34th Okinawan FestivalWaikiki, Hawaii September 3-4, 2016 Eastport Salmon and Seafood FestivalEastport, Maine September 3-4, 2016 Wine & Music ExperienceAllentown, New Jersey September 3-4, 2016 Hatch Valley Chile FestivalHatch, New Mexico September 3-4, 2016 National Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival 2016Buffalo, New York September 3-4, 2016 Pittsburgh Folk FestivalPittsburgh, Pennsylvania September 3-4, 2016 22nd Pocono Garlic FestivalShawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania September 3-4, 2016 21st Annual Garlic & Herb FestivalBennington, Vermont September 3-4, 2016 Taste of MadisonMadison, Wisconsin September 3-5, 2016 106th Annual Trinidad Round-UpTrinidad, Colorado September 3-5, 2016 24th Annual Fall FestSchweitzer, Idaho September 3-5, 2016 29th Casey Popcorn FestivalCasey, Illinois September 3-5, 2016 Amish Country Cheese FestivalArthur, Illinois September 3-5, 2016 57th Annual Red Rooster DaysDassel, Minnesota September 3-5, 2016 BBQ & Craft Beer FestivalOceanport, New Jersey September 3-5, 2016 Harvest Wine FestLas Cruces, New Mexico September 3-5, 2016 Milan Melon FestivalMilan, Ohio September 3-5, 2016 West Jefferson Annual Ox RoastWest Jefferson, Ohio September 3-5, 2016 27th Annual Bremerton Blackberry FestivalBremerton, Washington September 3-5 & 10-11, 2016 Apple Harvest CelebrationWillcox, Arizona September 3-10, 2016 Eastern Idaho State FairBlackfoot, Idaho September 4, 2016 11th Annual Grace Atlanta Caribbean Jerk FestivalDecatur, Georgia September 4, 2016 Porktoberfest Block PartyMinneapolis, Minnesota September 4-5, 2016 20th Annual Sweet Tater FestivalCullman, Alabama September 4-5, 2016 35th Annual Harvest Wine CelebrationLivermore, California September 5, 2016 Ider Mule DaysIder, Alabama September 5, 2016 South Florida Auto Food FestMiami, Florida September 5, 2016 3rd Annual No Name Chili Fest and Food DriveHuntsville, Utah September 6-8, 2016 6th Annual National Heirloom Exposition 2016Santa Rosa, California September 6-10, 2016 South Carolina Apple FestivalWestminster, South Carolina September 6-11, 2016 70th Annual Navajo Nation FairWindow Rock, Arizona September 6-11, 2016 41st Joint Tomato ConferenceNaples, Florida September 7-10, 2016 Peach Days CelebrationBrigham City, Utah September 7-18, 2016 Charleston Restaurant WeekCharleston, South Carolina September 8, 2016 Flavors of MiamiMiami, Florida September 9, 2016 Chaminade Resort & Spa Farm to Table DinnerSanta Cruz, California September 9, 2016 Wines and SteinsHays, Kansas September 9-10, 2016 Windy City Wine FestivalChicago, Illinois September 9-11, 2016 Mystic EatsMystic, Connecticut September 9-11, 2016 Festival of the VineGeneva, Illinois September 9-11, 2016 57th Annual International Camel & Ostrich RacesVirginia City, Nevada September 10, 2016 Long Beach Craft Brew Circus and Food ExtravaganzaLong Beach, California September 10, 2016 11th Annual Downtown Chili ChallengeSteamboat Springs, Colorado September 10, 2016 13th Flowery Branch Car Show & Chili CookoffFlowery Branch, Georgia September 10, 2016 Vegetarian Food Truck FestivalCambridge, Massachusetts September 10, 2016 Montana State Chokecherry FestivalLewistown, Montana September 10, 2016 15th Annual Mohawk Valley Garlic and Herb FestivalLittle Falls, New York September 10, 2016 Wine Time at the ColonySaxonburgh, Pennsylvania September 10, 2016 Whoopie Pie FestivalStrasburg, Pennsylvania September 10, 2016 Spirits Festival at Belle Grove PlantationKing George, Virginia September 10, 2016 Brady's World Famous Oyster FeedWestport, Washington September 10-11, 2016 21st Ghirardelli Square Chocolate FestivalSan Francisco, California September 10-11, 2016 Crawfish and Catfish FestivalWoodland, California September 10-11, 2016 Apple DaysBethlehem, Pennsylvania September 10-11, 2016 Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly ExpoDallas, Texas September 11, 2016 Cochon555’s Heritage BBQChicago, Illinois September 11, 2016 Taste of FlorenceOmaha, Nebraska September 11, 2016 Netcong Day 29th Annual Main Street FairNetcong, New Jersey September 11-13, 2016 Philadelphia Nat'l Candy Gift & Gourmet ShowAtlantic City, New Jersey September 12-13, 2016 Eating Disorders CongressPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania September 13-14, 2016 NLS Food Evolution SummitIndian Wells, California September 13-17, 2016 51st Annual Potato Bowl USAGrand Forks, North Dakota September 13-18, 2016 Kentucky Bourbon FestivalBardstown, Kentucky September 15, 2016 4th Annual Claw DownEast Boothbay, Maine September 15, 2016 Flavors of HoustonHouston, Texas September 15-18, 2016 Lodi Grape FestivalLodi, California September 16, 2016 Pop-Up DinnerLake Tahoe, California September 16, 2016 The Joy of SakeNew York, New York September 16, 2016 Truckeroo Food Truck FestivalWashington, District of Columbia September 16-17, 2016 Natchitoches Meat Pie FestivalNatchitoches, Louisiana September 16-18, 2016 Annual AppleJack FestivalNebraska City, Nebraska September 16-18, 2016 Green County Cheese DaysMonroe, Wisconsin September 16-18, 2016 Mountain State Art & Craft FairRipley, West Virginia September 16-25, 2016 Stockton Beer WeekStockton, California September 16-Oct 16, 2016 WineDine KeyWestKey West, Florida September 17, 2016 7th Annual Plate by PlateSan Francisco, Calif. September 17, 2016 Sample the Sierra Lake Tahoe Farm-to-ForkSouth Lake Tahoe, California September 17, 2016 Huaka'i MaukaKaneohe, Hawaii September 17, 2016 Caribbean Food And Wine FestivalWest Friendship, Maryland September 17, 2016 Quincy Food Truck FestivalQuincy, Massachusetts September 17, 2016 Annual Autumn Brew ReviewMinneapolis, Minnesota September 17, 2016 Beer, Bourbon and BBQ FestivalLeesburg, Virginia September 17, 2016 Luther DaysSomers, Wisconsin September 17-18, 2016 Glendi 2016Santa Rosa, California September 17-18, 2016 9th Annual Raspberry FestivalSherman, Connecticut September 17-18, 2016 Crafted Coco & Grapes FestivalLas Vegas, Nevada September 17-18, 2016 Music City Food + Wine FestivalNashville, Tennessee September 17-18, 2016 44th Annual Wine & Harvest FestivalCedarburg, Wisconsin September 17-18 & 24-25, 2016 Penn's Colony FestivalSaxonburgh, Pennsylvania September 18, 2016 Annual Jewish Food FaireCarmichael, California September 18, 2016 33rd Annual Wine & RosesSan Diego, California September 18, 2016 Flavors of Orange CountyOrange County, California September 18, 2016 7th Annual Boston Local Food FestivalBoston, Massachusetts September 18-21, 2016 Food Marketing Institute Annual Business ConferenceChicago, Illinois September 19, 2016 Taste the Wild WorkshopBoulder, Colorado September 19-25, 2016 Lansing Beer WeekLansing, Michigan September 19-Oct 30, 2016 Lake Arrowhead Oktoberfest and German Food FestLake Arrowhead, California September 20, 2016 Innovation RoadshowPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania September 21, 2016 Rustic Farm-to-Table DinnerCheshire, Connecticut September 22-24, 2016 James Beard Foundation's 2016 Taste AmericaPhoenix, Arizona September 22-24, 2016 James Beard Foundation's 2016 Taste AmericaLos Angeles, California September 22-24, 2016 11th Global Summit on Food & BeveragesLas Vegas, Nevada September 22-25, 2016 11th Annual Newport Mansions Wine & Food FestivalNewport, Rhode Island September 23, 2016
San Francisco, California September 23-24, 2016 PorktoberQueDothan, Alabama September 23-24, 2016 43rd Annual Irmo Okra Strut FestivalIrmo, South Carolina September 23-25, 2016 Annual Marine Flea Market & Seafood FestivalWest Palm Beach, Florida September 23-25, 2016 Long Grove Apple FestLong Grove, Illinois September 23-25, 2016 Newport OktoberfestNewport, Kentucky September 23-25, 2016 Marion County Country Ham DaysLebanon, Kentucky September 23-25, 2016 St. Stephen FestivalSouth Plainfield, New Jersey September 23-25, 2016 36th Annual Taste of CharlestonCharleston, South Carolina September 24, 2016 Kelseyville Pear FestivalKelseyville, California September 24, 2016 Hot Tamale FestivalNorco, California September 24, 2016 Manitou Springs Heritage Brew FestivalManitou Springs, Colorado September 24, 2016 OktoberfestRichmond, Indiana September 24, 2016 11th Maryland Microbrewery FestivalWestminster, Maryland September 24, 2016 Flushing Harvest FestivalFlushing, Michigan September 24, 2016 The Village Voice's Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer FestivalBrooklyn, New York September 24, 2016 Annual Hood River Hops FestHood River, Oregon September 24, 2016 8th Annual Great Downtown Pumpkin FestivalRapid City, South Dakota September 24, 2016 4th Annual Ribtoberfest & Southern FoodwaysNorfolk, Virginia September 24, 2016 Cochon555’s Heritage BBQWashington, District of Columbia September 24-25, 2016 Julian Apple Days FestivalJulian, California September 24-25, 2016 Apple Festival & Pie Eating ContestMedia, Pennsylvania September 25, 2016 Bear Republic's 8th Annual Cellar PartyHealdsburg, California September 25, 2016 Shoreline ChefsWestbrook, Connecticut September 25, 2016 7th Annual Hawaii Rice FestivalHonolulu, Hawaii September 25, 2016 7th Annual Red Bank Guinness Oyster FestivalRed Bank, New Jersey September 25-27, 2016 Whole Grains Away from HomeChicago, Illinois September 29, 2016 Uncorked & Uncapped: Wine, Beer & Food FestLivingston, New Jersey September 29-October 8, 2016 Great Northwest OktoberfestWhitefish, Montana Sept 30-Oct 1, 2016 James Beard Foundation's 2016 Taste AmericaNew Orleans, Louisiana September 30-Oct 1, 2016 James Beard Foundation's Taste AmericaKansas City, Missouri September 30-October 2, 2016 Coffee Fest AnaheimAnaheim, California September 30-October 2, 2016 Newport Beach Wine & Food FestivalNewport Beach, California