Boathouse Crowned Inaugural Santa Barbara Chowder Fest Champ

Opal Restaurant Takes the People’s Choice Award in Legal Aid Foundation Benefit

The Boathouse reigned supreme yesterday at the Inaugural Santa Barbara Chowderfest held at the Montecito Country Club. They took home a custom designed bronze trophy which they get to display this year until next year where they earn it again or they hand it off to the winner of next year’s competition.

Competing against 26 other restaurants, Boathouse received a unanimous vote of confidence from the three judges. The judges were Scott Leibfried, part owner of Arch Rock Fish and sous chef on Fox Network’s show, Hell’s Kitchen, John Pettitt Executive Chef of Seagrass Restaurant and John Dickson, The Restaurant Guy.

Overall Chowder Champ – The Boathouse

Winners of Clam Chowder Category:

- 1st – Faculty Club at University of California, Santa Barbara

- 2nd – Joe’s Café

- 3rd – Marmalade Café

Winners of the Creative Category:

- 1st – Boathouse

- 2nd – Willows Restaurant

- 3rd – Santa Barbara City College Culinary Department

Winner of the People’s Choice award - Opal Restaurant and Bar

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors: Marborg Industries, Reicker Pfau Pyle & McRoy, Marborg Industries, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, Anticouni & Associates, Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck, Santa Barbara Independent, Cumulus Media, Ehlers & Fairbanks, Barbara Tzur, Legal Aid Board President, Betty & Stan Hatch, Chris and Pamela Haskell, Lori Lewis & Ron Perry, Law Office of Marc Chytilo, Rogers Sheffield & Campbell, Amy & Garry Tetalman.

Proceeds from this event benefit Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County.

Save the date for next year’s 2nd Annual Santa Barbara Chowder Fest on October 23, 2011.

Source: Chowder Fest

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

event calendar sponsored by:

Montecito Pushes Back on Streamlined Rebuild Process

Not so fast with fast-track rebuilding, leaders tell the county

St. George Files Suit Against Gelb for Unpaid Debt

Pair of Isla Vista landlords in legal tussle over property sales costs.

Thousands of Plaintiffs Added to Refugio Oil Spill Case

Litigation follows footsteps of 1969 Union Oil spill attorneys.

Push Comes to Shove Between Law Enforcement and Mental Health

County supervisors confront too many needs with not enough money.

Helicopter Hits Electrical Wires, Starts Small Fire

A crop duster hit power lines in Ellwood Canyon.