Chowderfest 2014

January 13, 2014

Oh my beloved Chowderfest, it’s less than 3 weeks away, and I’m getting more and more excited as the days go on.

This year, I have a feeling it’s going to be better than ever, with big shot participants like Comfort Kitchen (one of my personal favorites from last year), Seven Horse Pub (People’s Choice winner 2013), and others who have definitely raised the bar in recent years.

Again, for those of you who don’t know about Chowderfest, it’s held on Saturday, February 1st in downtown Saratoga Springs, NY from 11:00am-4:00pm.

Restaurants from all over Saratoga join together to offer patrons a 3oz $1 sample of their chowder, all in hopes of winning the big award – People’s Choice 2014!

Last year, Druthers took best newcomer as well as best on broadway, and I can tell you from my memory that their chowder deserved it.

Here’s a look at this years participants thus far:

American Culinary Federation -Serving Creamy Seafood Chowder, Serving from the City Center, All proceeds to benefit BOCES Culinary Arts Scholarships
American Red Cross -Serving from the Visitor’s Center
Augie’s Family Style Restaurant -Serving “Kitchen Sink Chowder” in front of Roohan Realty
Bailey’s Cafe
Ben & Jerry’s
Bettie’s Cakes
Boca Bistro
Bookmakers at Holiday Inn
Bread Basket Bakery -Serving Cheeseburger Chowder
Brook Tavern
Caroline Street Pub -Chowder prepared by Pennell’s Restaurant
Celtic Treasures -Chowder prepared by The Local Pub & Teahouse
Chianti Il Ristorante
Children’s Museum -Serving Dessert Chowder, Serving from Flores Fine Art Gallery
Circus Cafe
Comfort Kitchen
The Crown Grill
Druthers Brewing Company
Esperanto -Serving Chicken/Doughboy Chowder and a Harvest Stew/Vegan/Gluten-free Chowder
Fifty South
fin-your fishmonger – Serving from the City Center
Forno Bistro
Gaffney’s Restaurant
Hattie’s Restaurant
Henry Street Taproom
Hungry Spot Cafe -Serving Chipotle Clam Chowder. All proceeds to benefit the Saratoga Varsity Boys LaCrosse Team
Ice House -Serving Smoked Salmon and Corn Chowder with Chipotle Oil Drizzle, Gluten-free
Inn at Saratoga
Irish Times Pub & Restaurant
Izumi Asian Bistro & Lounge -Serving Seafood Hot/Sour Soup, $1 hot sake shots, $1 chicken fingers
Jacob & Anthony’s American Grille -Serving Jacob’s Chowder
Javier’s Nuevo Latino Cusine
Lillian’s Restaurant -Serving Roasted Sweet Potato Corn Chowder, Vegetarian & Gluten-free
Local Pub & Teahouse
Longfellows Restaurant -Serving Thai Clam Chowder
Maestro’s at the Van Dam
Max London’s Restaurant & Bar
Merry Monk Saratoga
The Mine -Serving BLT (bacon, lettuce, tomato) Chowder
Moby Rick’s Seafood -Serving Seafood Chowder (Lobster, Clams & Shrimp), Serving from the City Center
Mouzon House
Nanola- Serving Creole Clam Chowder, Gluten-free, Serving from Putnam Den
Olde Bryan Inn -Serving Sweet Potato, Sausage and Seafood chowder
One Caroline Street Bistro
Paddock Lounge
Park Side Eatery
Parting Glass -Serving Crabcake Chowder
Peabody’s Sports Bar & Grill -Serving C4 Chowder, Chicken, Corn, Chorizo and Cream
Phila Fusion
Piper Boutique -Serving Corn Chowder, Chowder prepared and served by (with proceeds going to) Saratoga Senior Citizen Center
PJ’s BAR-BQSA -Serving Veggie Corn Chowder with the option of adding either NYS Fair Chicken, TX Beef Brisket, VA Smoked Sausage or NC Pulled Pork
Plum Dandy -Hot Cocoa special all day
Prime at Saratoga National Golf Club
The Publik House -Serving Crab & Asparagus Chowder, Serving from the City Center
Putnam Market
Putnam’s at the Gideon Putnam Resort
Saratoga 5 Points Market & Deli
Saratoga Casino & Raceway -Serving from the City Center
Saratoga City Tavern
Saratoga Farmers’ Market -Serving Spicy Sausage, Sweet Potato, Kale, Gluen-Free Chowder by Zest; Serving from Lincoln Baths building at 65 South Broadway from 11-1pm AND 1-4pm serving at Saratoga Botanicals
Saratoga Springs Fire Department-Station #1 -Serving Spicy Chicken Corn Chowder
Saratoga Springs Univeral Preservation Hall -Sweet Potato and Quahog Chowder prepared and donated by Mazzone Hospitality, all proceeds going to support the UPH
Seven Horse Pub
Shmaltz Brewing Company -Serving from the City Center
Sperry’s Restaurant
The Springs
Spring Street Deli & Pizzeria -Serving from the City Center
Stadium Cafe
Sushi Thai Garden Restaurant
Sweet Mimi’s Cafe and Bakery
Thirsty Owl Bistro
UNO Pizzeria & Grill -Serving “UNO Windy City Chowda”, Serving from Thirteen
West Side Stadium Cafe
Wheatfields Restaurant & Bar
Wheatfields Bistro & Wine Bar
The Wine Bar -Serving Manhattan Clam Chowder
Wishing Well Restaurant -Serving from the Brook Tavern

As always, I’ll keep this list up to date, but it also can be found on Discover Saratoga’s page here:

This isn’t this last you’ll hear about Chowderfest either, so stay tuned for what’s to come!

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  • Reply Celia Dillon February 2, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Asley, you missed the Merry Monk! Who, I am proud to say, won People’s Choice!! Proud, because he is my son! Congrats Chef Brady Dillon

    • Reply Ashley February 2, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      I know!! Of course out of all of the chowders I tried yesterday, I only tried one of the winners (Druthers)! Bummer for me, but so happy for your son. Congrats!

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