Thursday, January 24, 2013

Lompoc Chowder Challenge

One of our favorite events of the year is back! With the New Old Lompoc not entering this year, it will be interesting to see who takes home the prize.

Lompoc Brewing Presents Seventh Annual Chowder Challenge

Local pubs and restaurants compete to see who serves the city’s best clam chowder 
while raising money for the Community Transitional School 

PORTLAND, Ore. – Jan. 24, 2013 – Lompoc Brewing has announced the date for its seventh annual Chowder Challenge, an event that determines which restaurant serves up the best clam chowder in the city. A dozen local brewpubs and restaurants will vie for the coveted Chowder Cup at the annual Chowder Challenge on Saturday, February 23 from Noon to 4 pm.

The blind tasting competition will take place at Lompoc’s Fifth Quadrant, located at 3901 N Williams Ave. Admission into the event is free. Attendees ages 12 and over purchase sample trays for $10 to participate in the tasting. All of the money raised will be donated to Portland’s Community Transitional School, which provides important educational services to children who are homeless or otherwise at risk of school failure.

A dozen samples of traditional New England-style clam chowders from the participants are served in non-labeled, two-ounce cups. After tasting all entries, attendees vote for their favorite. The chowder receiving the most votes will be named the People's Choice Winner and will take home the coveted Chowder Cup; awards will also be given for second and third place.

Participating restaurants include Breakside Brewery, Buffalo Gap Saloon & Eatery, Columbia River Brewing Co, D’s Bar, EaT: An Oyster Bar, Fifth Quadrant, Fishbox, The Green Dragon, Ice Axe Grill, Salty’s on the Columbia, Tabor Tavern and Widmer Gasthaus.

The festivities also feature a beer garden, live music, a kids area, a raffle with prizes from the participants, special beers, and pub food for purchase. Minors are welcome at the family friendly event.

The New Old Lompoc on NW 23rd Ave. won the inaugural Chowder Cup; the Morrison Hotel stole it away the following year, but it was again won by the New Old Lompoc at the last four events. Given that the New Old Lompoc is in the process of being rebuilt, it is guaranteed that another restaurant will win this year!

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