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Chowdafest VII 2014: Recap, Winners, Results + Our Faves at Calf Pasture Beach

13 Oct
Chowdafest Collage 2014 VII

Click through to see a full album of competitors, soups, and other good stuff!

This past Sunday just might have been the perfect fall day. The air was crisp (but not too cold), the sun was shining bright, and the leaves had just started to flame into color. Oh, and it just so happened to be the day when Chowdafest scuttled down by the water at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk. The same Chowdafest that started off at a church, then at a school, quickly grew to Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, then grew so big this past February that they needed to expand to an even bigger venue…and that takes us Chowdafest VII!

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ChowdaQuest 2014: Tons of Restaurants Compete for Coveted Spots at ChowdaFest

18 Oct

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We’ve covered ChowdaFest for the past few years and we’ve been happy to see it grow into one of the most popular events in Connecticut.  Really, what’s better?  You pay just a small amount of money to go around and taste chowder after chowder, soup after soup, then vote on your favorites.  And, at the end of the day, you feel good knowing that you’ve helped Connecticut Food Bank.  Now, the next ChowdaFest isn’t until February 2, 2014, but there’s lots going on before then…namely the brand new experience called ChowdaQuest.  

Which of these soups from Ginger Man will you like the most?

Which of these soups from Ginger Man will you like the most?

ChowdaQuest is “The Quest for the Fest” and will put even more power in the hands of hungry chowda-sippers.  This all new experience came about due to so many restaurants wanting to be involved, but only having a limited amount of spots in the competition.  All you need to do is check out any of the restaurants that we’ve listed below, ask for their soup sampler, then vote for your favorite soup by heading to ChowdaQuest.com.  You get one vote per restaurant per valid e-mail address, so make sure you’re voting for your absolute favorite soup from each restaurant.  The restaurants with the most votes by Thanksgiving will get spots in ChowdaFest 2014, so make sure that you support your favorite restaurants by voting!  While you’re on the voting page, make sure to enter the Sierra Nevada contest.  Just explain where your favorite place to drink Sierra Nevada is and you just might win dinner for two at any of the restaurants that are participating in ChowdaQuest 2014.  

Here is the massive list of restaurants that are participating in ChowdaQuest 2014.  Some of the restaurants are still waiting to confirm with Jim (nothing next to their name), but will be ready to go shortly:

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Chattin’ ’bout Chowda with Chowderkids!

16 Feb

One of the best parts about being food bloggers is that we get to meet lots of other awesome foodies. And while we love each of our fellow foodies in their own unique way, none are quite as irresistibly  adorable and super cool as the “ChowderFamily”!

Who’s the ChowderFamily you ask? Psh, only the owners of Chowderkids, the most chowderific blog in Fairfield County (and the world) devoted to the love of all things chowder (well, New England style that is – but more on that later)!

We first came across Chowderkids on Twitter when we were talking about  how psyched we were for Chowdafest IV! But it wasn’t until we discovered that the brains and talent behind Chowderkids are two adorable kids (a dynamic brother and sister team) and their supportive and equally adorable parents, that we KNEW we had to get to know them!  See how it all began.

So in true blogger fashion, we set up a quick interview with the family to share with you so you can become as big fans of them as we are! Here’s the behind-the-scenes scoop!

What do you enjoy so much about chowder?
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ChowderBoy: The clams. I love the clams. But I like the creamy, kind of thin, not too much clams, bacon, and overall yumminess. Mostly, I like to go to restaurants and if we have to try chowder, then we get to go out to eat more. And sometimes we take fun trips too. Like to Newport. Next year, mom says we can go to Ireland if they have another big festival.
ChowderGirl: I like very creamy chowder with a lot of butter and tons of salt.
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What pushes you on to try chowder, even after you’ve had probably close to over 300 bowls?
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ChowderBoy: I have no idea. I just keep eating it. But I’m not going to stop eating it.
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Have you really had over 300 bowls?  We just made that up, just a guesstimate.
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ChowderBoy: It’s a lot, but it not THAT much. Yet. Maybe we will get to 300 this year? (Turns to Mom) – How many more do we need to get to 300? Maybe we should do that. A chowder countdown.
ChowderGirl: I think we’ve had like…557 bowls.
ChowderMom: I am going to get technical. We have done about 120 different reviews and didn’t break out some of the individual ones. While we were talking about chowders we have loved, I thought of a bunch that I never reviewed and wish I could go back and review the chowder on the ferry from LI to New London. But I think it’s probably about 150 total different chowders. If I had to guess how many TOTAL bowls we have consumed, it is probably close to 250 each. We go to the same places a lot and don’t review them.
ChowderDad: I’m going to guess 200 different chowders.
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Where’s the craziest or most fun spot that you’ve ever had some chowder?
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ChowderBoy: This is too confusing for me to answer.  We have had so much chowder in LOTS of places. Like, weird places. Everywhere. We’ve had chowder on boats, sitting on fences, baseball games, and at a pool. We had chowder while waiting for a hurricane. We even had chowder at Lake Compounce but that was really gross. You don’t want to throw up chowder on a ride. The best time was when I got new Bey Blades and Mom took me to a movie at the Falmouth restaurant movie place (The Falmouth Cinema Pub). We ate chowder IN THE DARK!!! You could not see anything but the chowder was very very good. The movie was great  too. It was Zookeeper but Mom keeps calling it Zoolander.
ChowderGirl: We had some on the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard once. That was very fun.
ChowderMom: I had “The World’s Best Chowder” at LAX. It was horrible. The worst thing was that I’d had a realllllllly long day where I wasn’t allowed to eat Southern California food (there’s a “scene” on Facebook where I take pictures of all the restaurants I wasn’t allowed to go to). BUT, on a positive note, the 7th fame of the Eastern Conference finals was on and the Bruins won.
ChowderDad: Even though the chowder was terrible, the Chowder Festival at the Melody Tent in Hyannis was really fun. Well, it wasn’t fun at the time.
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When we’re having too much BBQ and can’t go on anymore, we say that we’ve hit the meat wall.  What kind of wall did you hit when you were chomping away on all 29 chowders at Chowdafest and couldn’t take much more?
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ChowderBoy: At Chowdafest, I hit the “full wall” of being full of chowder. I couldn’t eat any more. It has never happened to me before that I couldn’t eat more chowder. I can eat 2 or 3 bowls sometimes in one sitting. I have finished almost every bowl I ever tried. I even finished the most disgusting one at Chowdafest. And it was really gross. I just had to finish it. But we had to go because Mom and Dad and ChowderGirl were full and annoyed. Daddy hit the Nauseous Wall.
ChowderMom: It’s true. He has never met a chowder he REALLY doesn’t like. In fact, I am kind of not sure what to do with him now because half the time he just says AWESOME. He is too nice sometimes.
ChowderDad: I felt as if I had way too many tastes and flavors floating around in my stomach. I had to lay down after.
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Quick: bacon or no bacon in NE Clam Chowder?
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ChowderMom: As I was reading this question out loud to him, he cut me off as soon as I said “bacon or no”. Bacon! BACON!!! Very quick.
ChowderBoy: I love bacon. I love dead pig in general. Dead pig is one of my favorite things to eat. I think you can make anything better with bacon. Except catsup or mustard. That would be gross. Bacon is almost as great as chowder. You know what is good? Colony Pizza with bacon. That is the best.
ChowderGirl: Sometimes it is good, sometimes it isn’t.
ChowderDad: Is that even a question? Bacon.
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And last, but not least – Thoughts on Manhattan Clam Chowder?
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ChowderBoy: (Blurgheeeeshhh*) Why would I ever want to try red chowder? Even though I already tried it. It was horrible. No one should eat it or make it or anything. If we go to the football field Chowder Festival (he’s talking about Long Beach), I am not going to eat the bad side.
ChowderMom: How do you write out a guttural blech kind of noise but with more disgust and horror? That was the first thing he did.
ChowderDad: Oh it is horrible. Why would you ask that? It’s like soup. And it’s a crime against clams.
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