Past Champions

Champions & Winners!
A special thanks to all our incredible volunteers who are champions in our eyes too!
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2016 Winners!
(Sherwood Island - Westport)

Classic New England Clam Chowder:
1st: Pike Place Chowder - Seattle WA
2nd: 250 Market - Portsmouth NH
3rd; Take Five Cookery - Hartford CT

Traditional Clam Chowder:
1st: Donahue's Clam Castle (Rhode Island) - Madison CT
2nd: Dunville's (Manhattan) - Westport CT
3rd: TIE!
Chef's Table (Rhode Island) - Fairfield CT
​Parallel Post (Manhattan) - Trumbull CT

Creative Chowder:
1st: Our House Bistro - Winooski VT - Fried Seafood & Sweet Potato Chowder
2nd: Gaffney's - Saratogo Springs NY - Southwest Shrimp & Corn Chowder 
3rd: Smithsonian Cafe & Chowder House - North Hampton MA - Seafood Chowder

Soup/Bisque:
1st: Crab Shell - Stamford CT - Lobster Bisque
2nd: Old Post Tavern - Fairfield CT - Truffle Mushroom Bisque
3rd: Sam's American Bistro - Stamford CT - Spiced Chocolate Bisque

2015 Winners! 
(Sherwood Island - Westport)

Classic New England Clam Chowder
1st: Pike Place Chowder - Seattle WA
2nd: Sedona Taphouse - Norwalk CT
3rd: Luke's Lobster - NYC

Traditional Clam Chowder
1st: Dunville's (Manhattan Clam) - Westport CT
2nd: Stefano's (Manhattan Clam) - Long Beach Island NJ
3rd: Grow (Manhattan Clam) - Shelton CT
(highest rated RI clam chowder: Chef's Table Fairfield)

Creative Chowder
1st: Our House Bistro - Winooski VT - Fried Seafood & Sweet Potato Chowder
2nd: Ri Ra - Portsmouth NH, Portland ME - Irish Seafood Chowder
3rd: Smithsonian Chowder House - North Hampton MA - Seafood Chowder

Soup/Bisque:
1st: Simply Delicious - Norwalk CT - Creole Clam Bisque
2nd: Post 154 - Westport CT - Roasted Corn Bisque
3rd: Bobby Q's - Westport CT - Cowboy Brisket Soup

Oct. 2014 Winners: 
 (Calf Pasture - Norwalk)

Classic New England Clam Chowder:
1st: Donovan's (Norwalk)
2nd: O'Neill's (Norwalk)
3rd: Spark's Sports Grill (Norwalk)

Traditional Clam Chowder:
1st: Gray Goose (Fairfield) - Manhattan clam
2nd: Liquid Lunch (Shelton/Milford) - Manhattan clam
3rd: Dunville's (Westport) - Manhattan clam
(highest rated Rhode Island: Westfair Fish & Chips of Westport)

Creative Chowder:
1st: The Spread (Norwalk) - Chorizo & Shrimp Chowder
2nd: Brewhouse (Norwalk) - Roasted Corn & Chicken Chowder
3rd: Liquid Lunch (Shelton/Milford) - The Great Pumpkin & Lobster Chowder

Soup/Bisque:
1st: Soup Thyme (Monroe) - Chicken Pot Pie Soup
2nd: Tikkaway (New Haven) - Chicken Cilantro Bisque (voted overall best bisque in CT)
3rd: Local Kitchen & Beer Bar (Fairfield/Norwalk) - Thanksgiving Harvest Bisque
* highest rated lobster bisque: LobsterCraft (Darien)

Feb. 2014 Winners:
(Webster Bank Arena - Bridgeport)

Classic New England Clam Chowder:
1st: Donovan's (Norwalk)
2nd: Governor's Brewery (Norwalk)
3rd: Rory's (Darien)

Traditional Clam Chowder:
1st: Dunville's (Westport) - Manhattan clam
2nd: Liquid Lunch (Shelton/Milford) - Manhattan clam
3rd: Brennan's (Norwalk) - Rhode Island clam

Creative Chowder:
1st: The Brewhouse (Norwalk) - Roasted Corn & Chicken Chowder
2nd: The Spread (Norwalk) - Crab, Corn & Poblano Chowder
3rd: Ginger Man (Norwalk) - Sweet Potato Clam Chowder

Soup/Bisque:
1st: Bistro Seven (Wilton) - Buttery Nut Bisque
2nd: Cask Republic (New Haven/Stamford) - Spiced Butternut Squash Soup
3rd: Local Kitchen & Beer Bar (Fairfield/Norwalk) - After School Tomato Bisque

2013 Winners: 
(Webster Bank Arena - Bridgeport)

Classic New England Clam Chowder:
1st: Donovan's (Norwalk)
2nd: Mansion Clam House (Westport)
3rd: Crab Shell (Stamford)

Creative Chowder:
1st: * Ginger Man (Norwalk) - Sweet Potato Clam Chowder
2nd: Brewhouse (Norwalk) - Chicken Corn Chowder
3rd: Southport Brewing Co. (Southport/Milford) - Corn & Poblano Chowder
*won in a tie breaker

Soup/Bisque:
1st: Crab Shell (Stamford) - Lobster Bisque
2nd: Dunville's (Wetport) - Cream of Chicken Chipotle Soup
3rd: Liquid Lunch (Shelton/Milford) - Buffalo Chicken Soup

2012 Winners: 
(Bedford Middle School - Westport)

Classic New England Clam Chowder:
1st: Mansion Clam House (Westport)
2nd: Rory's (Darien)
3rd: O'Neill's (Norwalk)

Creative Chowder:
1st: Ginger Man (Norwalk) - Sweet Potato Clam Chowder
2nd: Crab Shell (Stamford) - New England Patriot Crab Chowder
3rd: Dunville's (Westport) - Louisiana Seafood Gumbo

Soup/Bisque:
1st: Crab Shell (Stamford) - Lobster Bisque
2nd: Southport Brewing Co. (Southport/Milford) - Sausage Egg & Cheese Sandwich Soup
3rd: Liquid Lunch (Shelton/Milford) - Roasted Cauliflower Soup

2011 Winners: 
(Bedford Middle School - Westport)

Classic New England Clam Chowder:
1st: Mansion Clam House (Westport)
2nd: McKenzie's (Fairfield)
3rd: Old Post Tavern (Fairfield)

Creative Chowder:
1st: Southport Brewing Co. (Southport/Milford) - Corn & Poblano Chowder
2nd: Ginger Man (Norwalk/Greenwich) - Sweet Potato Clam Chowder
3rd: River House (Westport) - Seafood Chowder

Soup/Bisque:
1st: Nicholas Roberts Gourmet Bistro (Norwalk) - Lobster Bisque
2nd: Liquid Lunch (Shelton/Milford) - Buffalo Chicken Soup
3rd: Soup Alley (Wilton) - El Queso Grande Soup

2009 Winners: 
(Unitarian Church - Westport)

Chowder:
1st: Ginger Man (Norwalk/Greenwich) - Sweet Potato Clam Chowder
Runner-up: Southport Brewing Co. (Southport/Milford) - Holiday Seafood Chowder

Soup/Bisque:
1st: Southport Brewing Co. (Southport/Milford) - Thanksgiving Day Bisque
Runner-up: Liquid Lunch (Shelton/Milford) - Roasted Artichoke Chicken Gorganzola

2008 Winners: 
(Unitarian Church - Westport)

Chowder:
1st: Stew Leonard's (Norwalk) - New England Clam Chowder
Runner-up: Black Rock Oyster Bar (Fairfield) - New England Clam Chowder

Soup/Bisque:
1st: Soup Alley (Wilton) - Lemon Chicken & Rice Soup
Runner-up: Stew Leonard's (Norwalk) - Lobster Bisque
Our Awards:

Our awards are literally works of art.  These one-of-a-kind, nautically themed creations are made from reclaimed materials washed upon the New England shoreline.  We believe these hand crafted awards recognize the hand crafted works of art by one-of-a-kind chefs!  While Chowdafest isn't entirely about seafood, most people think seafood when they hear chowder so these boat designs reflect both seafood and that fisherman make great chowder and soup.  If you look closely, the hull of each boat mimics the cup of soup shape.  Our thanks to artist Wendy Marciano for her wonderful creativity and design!

(photo: John Shyloski/FC Beat Magazine)
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