2009 Ocean Wise Seafood Chowder ChowDown at the Vancouver Aquarium

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Yum! Seafood chowder from the 2008 Chowder ChowDown

What happens when some of Vancouver’s most acclaimed chefs compete for the title of BC Ocean Wise Seafood Chowder Champion 2009? You get one of Vancouver’s best foodie events ever: the 2nd Annual Ocean Wise Seafood Chowder ChowDown on Wednesday, November 25. And some damn fine chowder, too!

When it comes to eating in Vancouver, there’s one ingredient that is almost ubiquitous: seafood. From sushi to sablefish, if you love “fruits of the sea,” you should support Ocean Wise, a non-profit conservation program at the Vancouver Aquarium that partners with restaurants to help them—and you—make sustainable, environmentally-friendly seafood choices. (You’ve probably noticed the Ocean Wise seal of approval beside menu items at restaurants like Blue Water Cafe and Araxi.)

At the 2009 Ocean Wise Chowder ChowDown, you not only dine on chowder from Ocean Wise’s Top 10 chef finalists—last year’s chefs included Quang Dang from C Restaurant, Jonathan Boerboom from Nu, and Ross Johnston from the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel—you sample paired beers from five members of the Craft Brewers Association of BC (including Granville Island Brewing), and you do it all against the elegant, magical backdrop of the Vancouver Aquarium at night.

The most amazing part, especially considering how expensive Vancouver foodie events can be, is the price: It’s just $35 per person.

Why are you not buying a ticket for this right now?

I can’t wait for the 2009 Ocean Wise Seafood Chowder ChowDown. It just sounds like so much fun, something different, and just as elegant but less expensive than a fancy dinner out. Sampling different chowders, voting for the People’s Choice Award, being entertained by MC and food writer extraordinaire Andrew Morrison, the Aquarium at night….Does it get better than that?

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