Donovan’s, Gray Goose, Soup Thyme and The Spread Take Top Honors at Chowdafest. Thousands of chowder loving foodies from all over Connecticut converged at Norwalk’s Calf Pasture Beach to determine the state’s best chowder, soup and bisque at Chowdafest. They got their spoon, their pencil and their ballot and off they went to sample 30 different entries. They rated each entry on a scale of 7 to 10 to determine the winners of four different categories. The restaurant with the best overall average in their category are declared champions.
How Chowdafest Winners are Chosen:
Everyone gets a spoon, ballot and pencil when they check in. You then slurp to your hearts content and rate each delicious sample on a scale of 7 to 10.5 (half point intervals). All the ballots are scanned to come up with an average ranking and the restaurant with the highest ranking will be declared champion of their respective category. Your vote determines CT’s best chowder, soup and bisque!
Classic New England Clam Chowder:
1st: Donovan’s (Norwalk)
2nd: O’Neill’s (Norwalk)
3rd: Spark’s Sports Grill (Norwalk)
Traditional Clam Chowder:
1st: Gray Goose (Fairfield) – Manhattan clam
2nd: Liquid Lunch (Shelton/Milford) – Manhattan clam
3rd: Dunville’s (Westport) – Manhattan clam
* highest rated Rhode Island: Westfair Fish & Chips (Westport)
1st: The Spread (Norwalk) – Chorizo & Shrimp Chowder
2nd: Brewhouse (Norwalk) – Roasted Corn & Chicken Chowder
3rd: Liquid Lunch (Shelton/Milford) – The Great Pumpkin & Lobster Chowder
1st: Soup Thyme (Monroe) – Chicken Pot Pie Soup
2nd: Tikkaway (New Haven) – Chicken Cilantro Bisque
3rd: Local Kitchen & Beer Bar (Fairfield/Norwalk) – Thanksgiving Harvest Bisque
* highest rated lobster bisque: LobsterCraft (Darien)
Attendees also got to sample craft beer, wine & crackers, farm made ice cream and even birthday cake from presenting sponsor Stop & Shop who was celebrating their 100th anniversary. Tim Curry’s Motown band entertained the crowd. Kids decorated chef hats and got to meet “Goldie” the goldfish from Pepperidge Farm.
“We’ve been to all seven Chowdafests…” said Barbara Leon of Norwalk. “…and this is definitely the best yet. The crisp autumn weather was perfect for hot soup. I loved that there was so much more room to get around and when you think of chowder, you think of the shoreline and holding the event at the beach made everything idyllic. Can’t wait until next year”.
Final attendance and donation figures are still being tabulated. Chowdafest, presented by Stop & Shop, benefits Community Plates in an ongoing effort to eliminate hunger. For additional information about Chowdafest, please visit www.chowdafest.org or email event chairperson, Jim Keenan at firstname.lastname@example.org