Chow Down

By Richard Mineards   |   November 16, 2017
Receiving the People's Choice Award for their father, Mike Eitterreim's clam chowder with 17 ingredients are Kyle and Kelen, with presenter Phil Kirkwood of Food and Home Magazine (photo by Priscilla)

Liquid assets were in abundance when the Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County staged its 8th annual Chowder Fest Charity Cookoff at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree.

Featuring 15 eateries, 11 vintners, and five breweries, more than 400 turned out for the foodie fest, raising around $60,000 for the 58-year-old nonprofit that provides civil legal representation and advice to low-income families and individuals.

Garry Tetalman chaired the bustling bash, while culinary whizzes Michael Hutchings, Stella Mare‘s Roth Ironside, David Rosner of the Big Eye Raw Bar, and Jamie West of the University Club, judged the selection of chowders on display, awarding the top prize to the Three Pickles, with the Chase and the Chumash Casino Resort runners up.

The Jalama Beach Café won the People’s Choice Award.

Chef Michael Lewis from the Chumash restaurant Rodin and earning 3rd place for their corn chowder with Saji Dias Gunawardane, Erika Martin del Camp
Rich and Chase Boutle, Pack Wright of Island Brewing Company, and Tom Stolpman of Stolpman Vineyards enjoy the music of Spencer and the Gardners (photo by Priscilla)
A taste of Gelato from Via Maestro’s Renatto with judge Tom Anderle, Sue Udden, Carol Lee Skiner, Teresa Skinner, and Terease Chin, VP of Montecito Bank and Trust (photo by Priscilla)

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