Portsmouth Restaurant Wins Seafood Chowder Contest
Thousands attend the annual Newport festival this past weekend.
The 2012 Schweppes Great Chowder Cookoff in Newport drew competitors, revelers and re-enactors Satuday.
The event at the Newport waterfront, which was rain or shine, didn't get a lot of help from the weather, with occasional wind and sprinkled rain from a generally overcast sky. But the tents and restaurant booths were crowded with eager chowder-tasters nontheless, sampling a few tablespoons' worth of each entrant's chowder to see who offered the best cooked recipe.
The winners are posted:
1st Place: Stefano’s Seafood Restaurant – Long Beach Island, NJ (Booth #2)
2nd Place: Luke’s Lobster / Hurricane’s Chowder – Greene, ME and New York City (Booth #6)
3rd Place: Pawtucket Skilled Nursing – Pawtucket, RI (Booth #7)
1st Place: Melville Grille – Portsmouth, RI (Booth #33)
2nd Place: Rhody Joe’s – Wakefield, RI (Booth #34)
3rd Place: Bunratty Manor Hotel – County Clare, Ireland (Booth #36)
1st Place: The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar – Newport, RI (Booth #23)
2nd Place: Leo’s Ristorante – Bristol, RI (Booth #22)
3rd Place: Tavern by the Sea – North Kingstown, RI (Booth #25)
People’s Choice: Most Spirited
Melville Grille – Portsmouth, RI
Best Decorated Booth
Stefano’s Seafood Restaurant – Long Beach Island, NJ
Clam Cake Chow-Down Winner
Craig Zalcberg – West Greenwich, RI