Chef Patrick Tennaro
of Old Post Tavern in Fairfield CT has competed for six years and is the first vegetarian category champion when introduced in 2017. He's competed in multiple categories with his best finish of 2nd place in the tough after soup/bisque category. A ardent supporter of Chowdafest and its charities.
Callari Auto Group has made the Sponsor Bowl of Fame in it's first year of eligibility and is the 2017 recipient of the Putterman Award. While auto dealerships normally have little connection to an event such as Chowdafest, the Callari Auto Group tied thematically to Chowdafest starting with sponsoring our popular "Ciao"dafest Italian food section first with their Fiat dealership and now with their MINI dealership, sponsoring the "MINI"stroni tent. Chowdafest is now one of their most popular customer appreciation held each year.
Bowl of Fame Class of 2016:
Chef Bryan Malcarney of Rory's of Darien brings more than just his very popular New England clam chowder to our annual event. He brings his family, employees and an unbridled enthusiasm for his community and this event. He's been part a staple in this annual competition from the start and his mere presence makes his competition work that much harder!
The newly named "Putterman" Award for best sponsor goes to Kathy Smith ofThe Farmer's Cow. The Farmer's Cow has been a major sponsor of Chowdafest for 5 years and counting, sampling their farm fresh milk and ice cream to all the foodies who attend. Their staff brings country charm to the event further illustrating buying local is best.
Bowl of Fame Class of 2015:
Arlene Puttermanof Stop & Shop was inducted as the first sponsor to be honored in our Bowl of Fame. Arlene was one of our events first sponsors and not only shared the vision but played a significant role in Chowdafest's continued growth and success.
Chef Dave Rutiglianoof Southport Brewing Co and Local Kitchen & Beer Bar is one of the more accomplished chefs in Chowdafest history. Dave, along with partners Bill & Mark Da Silva have participated every year and have won numerous awards for their culinary excellence. Dave routinely comes up with some of the more inspiring entries each year and is a fan favorite.
Dunville'sof Westport is our restaurant inductee getting the nod in their first year of eligibility. Dunville's has placed in the top three each of their first five years including winning two championships.
Bowl of Fame Class of 2014:
of Norwalk & Greenwich for winning three creative chowder championships in a four year span.
Southport Brewing Co.for winning championships in multiple categories
Chef Pietro Scottiof Da Pietros in Westport. An original competitor who has set the bar for all other chefs in this competition. An ardent supporter of many charities and constantly gives of both his time & talent when asked.
Chef Fred Bialekof Liquid Lunch in Stamford. Fred is all about making the world a better place, one soup at a time. A huge supporter of his town of Shelton, Fred also answers the bell when there's someone in need. Fred leads the list of best chef never to one the big one and leads the list of 2nd place awards.