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16th Annual Chowder Challenge: Chowder & Jazz
Gualala Arts Center
Gualala, CA
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16th Annual Chowder Challenge: Chowder & Jazz
Gualala Arts and Whale and Jazz present
The 16th Annual Chowder Challenge with Music by Barnebey's Hot Four

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Gualala Arts Coleman Hall

$25 advance, $5 more day of (for 15 tasting tickets & commemorative glass). Free admission for music only.

In the tastiest event of the popular Whale & Jazz festival, local chefs & cooks vie for the title of Best Mendonoma Coast Chowder in the 16th Annual Chowder Challenge. Last years winner, Anchor Bay Thai Kitchen will likely be back to defend their title!

As per previous years, two categories will be judged, Traditional New England-style Clam Chowder and Open Class. Challenge attendees will vote for Peoples Choice and Most Tasted awards. The Open Class includes but is not limited to Manhattan-style Clam, Crab, Shrimp, Scallop, Lobster, Abalone, Salmon, or any other seafood combination. Vegetarian chowders such as corn or mushroom are also eligible.

Whether youre a local professional chef, a home-kicthen gourmet, or a chowder connoisseur, competition for the Golden Cup is expected from Mendocino and Sonoma County challengers vying for the golden cup and title of Best Mendonoma Chowder! Applications are available at GualalaArts.org.

Last years big winner was Chef Kwanjai Wong of **Anchor Bay Thai Kitchen** with a red seafood curry recipe. You can bet they are coming back to defend their title!

Other winners were Second Place Overall for Pier Chowder House & Tap Rooms Chef Adrian Barragan; Third Place Overall for Cape Fear of Cafe of Duncans Mills with a traditional chowder by Chef Joshua Streeter;  and First Place Most Tasted went to Tanya Radtkey of Black Oak Catering.

Barnebeys Hot Four

A highlight each year is the concert of traditional New Orleans jazz, this year performed once again by the ever-popular Barnebeys Hot Four of Sonoma County, returning to the Gualala Arts Center for the tenth straight year. The repertoire for the afternoon will include old favorites, the resurrection of some obscure musical gems from the golden age of jazz, and probably a few surprises for musicians and listeners alike, all in the tradition of the Big Easy. Those wanting to work off their chowder tasting with dancing will find themselves toe-tapping and boot-stomping as the infectious beats of New Orleans pushes them towards the dance floor!


Tickets are $25 in advance; $5 more day of the event and includes commemorative wine or beer glasses and 15 chowder-tasting tickets, complete with hot bread fresh out of the oven and beverages, including local fine wines and microbrews as well as soft beverages. Additional tasting tickets will be available onsite for $1 each.

Free admission for music only.

To purchase tickets in person, visit the Gualala Arts Center or Dolphin Gallery in Gualala.


Gualala Arts Center (View)
46501 Old State Hwy
Gualala, CA 95445
United States


Food > Beer, Wine, Spirits
Music > Jazz

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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