ChowdaQuest: Chowdafest’s NEW “Quest for the ‘Fest”!

Chowdafest announces its new playoff for the 2014 Soup-er Bowl – Chowda Quest

In case you aren’t familiar with this premier Connecticut culinary competition, Chowdafest is a fundraiser for the CT Food Bank held each year on the Super Bowl at Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport. For $10 YOU get to be the judge at Chowdafest by rating each soup in a scale from 7 to 10 with 1/2 point increments. The soup with the highest score in each category wins. This year’s Chowdafest will be held on Sunday, February 2, 2014 from 11am-3pm.

Why do I like Chowdafest so much? Well, it’s a fundraiser for the CT Food Bank after the holidays when they need it the most, we get to eat chowder and soup from 28 local competing restaurants and chefs for $10, and this is “a zero waste event with all materials being compostable.”

Chowdafest is limited to 28 restaurants with seven spots in each of the four categories:

1. Classic New England Clam Chowder

2. Traditional Chowder (Manhattan and Rhode Island Clam Chowders)

3. Creative Chowder

4. Soup/Bisque

First, second, and third place restaurants for each of the four categories in the 2013 Chowdafest automatically qualify to compete again this year. Also, one spot in each category is reserved for “at-large” bids by the Chowdafest committee, which leave 12 open spots.

So who gets to compete in the remaining spots?

That’s where Chowda Quest comes in!

20131019-152342.jpg“Chowda Quest is an open competition for restaurants only” to compete to earn one of the coveted 12 remaining spots. From October through Thanksgiving, competing restaurants will offer a Chowda Quest soup sampler appetizer and you get to vote for your favorite soups and chowders from your favorite restaurants.

How do you vote? There’s an app for that!

That’s right, Chowda Quest has its own free app that you can very easily download and use to vote!20131019-152449.jpgThis photo is of Jim Keenan, Chowdafest Event Chairperson, showing us how easy it is to download the Chowda Quest app and vote for your favorite!

There are currently more than 60 Connecticut restaurants already competing in Chowda Quest or considering competing. As the Chowdafest event chairperson Jim Keenan said, “Chowdafest has become a statewide event. We’re excited to see restaurants from Stamford to Mystic involved. Great restaurants from New Haven and Hartford areas, too.”

Why do local chefs and restaurants like Chowda Quest?

Casey Dohme, restaurant manager of Ginger Man in Norwalk, explains: “Participating in ChowdaQuest allows us to test three new soups we’re considering and the voting feedback will help tell us what customers like the best.” Ginger Man has announced that they will be retiring their award winning sweet potato soup and entering something new this year.

These following restaurants are all participating in Chowda Quest:

Atlantic Seafood, Old Saybrook
Barnum Public House, Bridgeport
Black Duck, Westport
Blue Lemon, Westport
Bobette’s, Milford
Bobby Q’s, Westport
Bodega Taco Bar, Fairfield and Darien
Brewhouse, Norwalk
Carmen Anthony’s Fish House, Woodbury
Close Harbour Seafood, Plantaville
Crab Shell, Stamford
Donovan’s, Norwalk
Dressing Room, Westport
Dunville’s, Westport
Ginger Man, Norwalk
Guvnor’s Brewery, Norwalk
High Tide Gourmet, Madison
Indigo by the Water, Milford
Larry & Joe’s Fish Tales, New Haven
Liquid Lunch, Shelton, Milford
Little Pub, Wilton, Georgetown
Madden’s Gastropub, New Haven
Mansion Clam House, Westport
Max’s Fish, Glastonbury
Max’s Oyster House, West Hartford
Mecha Noodle, Fairfield
Monte’s River Grille, Milford
Old Post Tavern, Fairfield
O’Neills, Norwalk
Oyster River Tavern, West Haven
Parallel Post, Trumbull
Post 154, Westport
Redding Road House, Redding
Rive Bistro, Westport
Rory’s, Darien
S&P Oyster House, Mystic
Sage American Grill & Oyster Bar, New Haven
School House at Cannondale, Wilton
Season at Oak Lane, Woodbridge
Seawich Cafe, Branford
SoNo Seaport Seafood, Norwalk
Southport Brewing Company, Stamford, Fairfield, Milford, Shelton
Splash, Westport
Stowe’s Seafood, West Haven
Super Duper Weenie Dog, Fairfield
Szabo’s Seafood, Shelton
Tavern on Main, Westport
The Chelsea, Fairfield
The Elm, New Canaan
The Restaurant at 323, Westport
The South End, New Canaan
The Spread, Norwalk
Tikkaway Grill, New Haven
Two Boots, Bridgeport
USS Chowder Pot, Branford
Valencia’s Luncheria, Norwalk
Wood n’ Tap, Orange, Wallingford, Southington, Hartford, Vernon, Farmington, Rocky Hill

Chowda Quest is sponsored by and Sierra Nevada Beer. Sierra Beer will also the exclusive beer at Chowdafest 2014 and will offer beer samplings.

Chowdafest is sponsored by Stop & Shop, The Farmer’s Cow, Fiat of Fairfield County, World Centric, Chabaso Artesian Bakery, E.&J. Gallo Wines, Frontier Soup, Sierra Nevada, and Westminster Crackers.

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