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The 31st Annual Clam Chowder
Cook-Off & Festival

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 Event Photos

Thank you to every one involved and everyone who attended. It was an amazing day!


Here are the 2012 winners!!


People’s Choice (Voted #1 by the Public)

  • Individual Boston – Rosie’s Clam & Get It, Kitty Dixon, Soquel
  • Professional Boston – LouLou’s Griddle in the Middle, Benito Carillo, Monterey
  • Individual Manhattan – Grandma’s Clam Diggers, Janine Ponce, Aptos
  • Professional Manhattan – UCSC Redwood Sluggers, Dwight Collins, Santa Cruz


Most Tasted Chowders

  • Rosie’s Clam & Get It, Kitty Dixon, Soquel
  • UCSC Chowder Slugs, Scott Berlin, Santa Cruz
  • Cabrillo Stimulus Chowder, Dany Pena, Aptos



Top rated by our panel of judges:


Best Individual Boston

  • 1st Place: Islander’s Chowder I-Chin Chou, Santa Cruz
  • 2nd Place: Wine with Swine’s Piarate Booty Chowdie Bob Callaway, Campbell
  • 3rd Place : Silence of the Clams Brian Edwards, Campbell



Best Individual Manhattan

  • 1st Place: La Squadra di Nonna Ada Daugherty, Sacramento
  • 2nd Place: Audie’s Audacious Aweseome & Authentic Audrey Fitzgerald, Campbell
  • 3rd Place: Grandma’s Clam Digger’s Janine Ponce, Aptos



Best Professional Boston

  • 1st Place: Ideal Bar & Grill Jesus Garcia, Santa Cruz
  • 2nd Place: Local Harvest Catering Denna Myers, Santa Cruz
  • 3rd Place: Aquarius Ross McKee, Santa Cruz



Best Professional Manhattan

  • 1st Place: Severino’s Bar & Grill Miguel Ponce, Aptos
  • 2nd Place: Cabrillo College Stimulus Chowder Mike Wilie, Aptos
  • 3rd Place: Seascape Clamorama Gustavo Sedano, Aptos



Most Original Teams

  • 1st Place: Frankenchowder Frank Gemignani, Santa Cruz
  • 2nd Place: Team Rosie’s Cervando Maya, Santa Cruz
  • 3rd Place: Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Lisa Wooninck, Monterey

City of Santa Cruz LogoThe Cook Off is an important fund-raiser for the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Department. (Last year more than $55,000.00 was raised.)


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