Who will wear ‘Best Clam Chowder in Edmonds’ crown this year? Annual cook-off set for Feb. 24

Entries in 2017.

The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce’s annual Clam Chowder Cook-off is back for the third year, and promises to be more exciting than ever.

Restaurant News is intrigued by the list of this year’s 10 contestants for the Saturday, Feb. 24 event. Salt & Iron, 190 Sunset, Bar Dojo, Ivar’s, Arnies Restaurant all return, in hopes of claiming, or re-claiming in some cases, the title of Best Clam Chowder in Edmonds.

Also vying for the coveted chowder crown are an additional five brand-new contenders: Chef Dane Catering, Barkada Edmonds, Claire’s Restaurant, PCC Community Markets and Romeo’s Restaurant.

OK readers, show of hands. How many of you knew that Romeo’s makes clam chowder?

Who will get your vote? Attendees have a voice in selecting the BEST Chowder — The People’s Choice. Ballots from hundreds of attendees carries greater cachet than the five “specialists” who sit at the table, in my humble opinion.

Edmonds Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Greg Urban provides chowder to judges in 2017.

Judging the chowder is an honor that Restaurant News enjoys each year. I’ve had the pleasure to slurp seafood broth in the company of celebs like our Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling, food writer and radio personality Nancy Leson, and especially the man who championed Copper River Salmon and put Seattle on the map as a food destination, the late Jon Rowley.

I believe that Jon Rowley will be honored for his many contributions to our Northwest seafood scene during the Chowder Cook-off program. Here is a link learn more about Jon’s mission to education folks on seafood and much more, and how he enriched our culinary community.

In addition to offering cups of chowder to be sampled, the event includes live music by STRUM– Seattle’s Totally Relaxed Ukulele Musicians. Their musical styling will set the vibe to vacation. Bring the kids to do crafts and play games in the Kid Zone.

Proceeds from the cook-off will go to support the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, so it can continue to bring wonderful community events to the city of Edmonds.

How to prep for Feb. 24th?

Many made New Year’s resolutions to shed a few pounds or inches gained during holiday celebrations, so Restaurant News suggests a stroll to and from this event, at a vigorous pace. Given the success of past years, you are likely to achieve this goal anyway, due to proximity of available parking space at the event.

Many New Year’s resolutions — to clear out closets and garages and donate those goods to organizations like Goodwill — remain unfulfilled. Like our family, some with good intentions have completed the first step, but those surplus items have yet to get into the car and be “donated.”

Here is a golden opportunity: Bag up above-mentioned items, and drop them off at the Goodwill truck outside the Edmonds Yacht Club on Feb. 24, from 11 a.m..-3 p.m. during the Edmonds Clam Chowder Cook-off.

You ARE going to the Chowder Cook-off, right?

Still need tickets? Here’s the link: edmondswa.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/5731

— By Kathy Passage, Edmonds Restaurant News

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