I posted about the Chowder Chowdown last week: It’s a fabulous foodie event during which ten of Vancouver’s best chefs compete to make the most amazing seafood chowder imaginable. It also pairs beers from local brewerys with each chowder—so it’s a beer tasting, too—all while raising awareness about sustainable seafood.
And if that isn’t cool enough, it takes place at the Vancouver Aquarium at night, which is an evening venue like no other. I’d actually never been to a nighttime event at the Aquarium; it has a completely different feel from a typical visit. The fish and sea life take on an otherworldly quality at night, their beauty amplified into living art. It’s a fantastic backdrop.
And the food! Personally, my favourite chowder was C Restaurant‘s, which had a halibut base and a bit of sweetness. I also enjoyed the Refinery’s spicy entry (so thick with corn it was like a succotash/chowder hybrid), which came in second place at Judges’ Panel.
The People’s Choice winner for the night was the entry from O’Doul’s Restaurant . The night’s big winners—the 2009 BC Ocean Wise Seafood Chowder Champions—were the chefs from Go Fish, Chef Matt and Chef Andrew Christie. They accepted their award to huge applause and cheering, and their own exuberance and delight at winning made the evening.
This is just the second year for the Ocean Wise Seafood Chowder Chowdown, but given tonight’s incredible success, it seems sure to return next year. Yum!