Official Chowderfest 2009 Winners!

Here’s the press release:

Oct 04, 2009 – As streams of smiling patrons came and went from the Taylor Avenue Ball Field in Beach Haven on Sunday, one thing was for sure; Chowderfest Weekend was in full swing. The event that promises ticket holders unlimited samples of their favorite chowder and a tough decision on who gets their vote. With the help of Lynn Doyle, from Comcast Philadelphia’s Emmy Award Winning Show, It’s Your Call; thousands were on hand anxiously anticipating this year’s winners.

In the Red Category was Grand Champion: Stefano’s, Beach Haven Terrace First Place: The Black Whale Bar and Fish House, Beach Haven Second Place: Bistro 14, Beach Haven and Third: Sea Oaks, Little Egg Harbor.

Placing in the White Category was Grand Champion: California Grill, Beach Haven Terrace First Place: Howard’s Restaurant Beach Haven Gardens Second Place: Greenhouse Café, Ship Bottom and Third Place Chicken or the Egg.

Other honors go to : Joey’s Pizza & Pasta of Beach Haven Terrace, Ship Bottom, Manahawkin & Waretown for Rookie of the Year. Best Booth Awards were given to Country Kettle Chowda, Beach Haven, Sweet Jenny’s of Barnegat and Ship Bottom, California Grill and Panzone’s Pizza & Pasta of Beach Haven and Surf City. Sea Watch International awarded Christopher Moore from Chicken and the Egg a $1000 scholarship for culinary education.

An ensemble of critics and food writers were brought together by food personality, Ed Hitzel to bestow a Critic’s Choice Award. The Green House Café received recognition for white and Dock Road Crab Shack won Red.

Another highlight of the day was when Lynn Doyle bought up Lexi Sinor, a high school senior who spearheaded Operation Jersey Shore Vacation. Also on stage was Master Sergeant McWilliams, who recently returned from Iraq and who is a recipient of a week’s vacation rental on Long Beach Island sponsored by the project. The emotional presentation of a flag that flew over his base camp in Iraq was met with a standing ovation and overwhelming support led to multiple offers of vacation rental weeks.

The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all of this year’s competitors, volunteers, sponsors and festival attendees. To stay in touch with what is happening within the Long Beach Island Region of the Jersey Shore, go to or contact the chamber at 609 494 7211.


5 thoughts on “Official Chowderfest 2009 Winners!

  1. unreal!!! The chowders that won were all awful except for stefano's red chowder, and their white. I didnt even see Ed Hitzel taste a soup. Sweet jenny's should have earned an award however they fell short SOMEHOW? I think the ballots should be watched a little more closely. the awards that were presented today did not reflect what the general public raved about.!!!

  2. I have to disagree with anonymous. The chowders that won were not awful, by any means. Actually, Stefano's tasted like oregano and strong italian seasoning. They didn't really deserve to be Grand Champions, however the others that placed were outstanding! What a great event! Per my palate, the winners were pretty much right on.

  3. By the way, there was a camera on the balloting the entire time. How much more closely does Anonymous think the ballots should be watched?

  4. Hi Jenn,Awful is a strong word I agree. The ballots did have cameras on them but there was confusion because the ballot boxes were not in the same order as the booths. I heard people say I liked the third booth and dropped in the third box not realizing it was a different restaurant. Not everyone goes by the name…That was my point.

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