Top Chefs Put to The Test at The first Annual Best of the West Chowderfest

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The best chefs, restaurants, seafood companies, and sustainable organizations in So-Cal gather at the Aquarium of the Pacific to redefine an American Classic

The first annual Best of the West Chowderfest is a celebration of sustainable seafood chowder and the most adventurous cooking challenge the West Coast has ever seen. This culinary showdown comes to the Aquarium of the Pacific on Saturday, March 12, 2011 to celebrate the 7th Annual Sustainable Seafood Day. The chowderfest will run from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Chowder will served from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Bask in the epicurean delight of daring chowder from the deep with California halibut, Pacific cod, Dungeness crab, Carlsbad mussels, oysters, barramundi, arctic char, trout, scallops and more. Savor the new wave of seafood chowder carefully prepared with fennel, lemongrass, ginger, roasted tomatoes, carrot, citrus, double smoked bacon as well as other appetizing ingredients.

Sample one-of-a-kind seafood chowders presented by award-winning local chefs and restaurants such as Chef Michael Poopan from Sip Lounge/Renaissance Long Beach, Chef Paul Buchanan from Primal Alchemy, Chef Jeff Thurston from Parker’s Lighthouse, Chef Paul Upton from Savor…Long Beach, Chef Matt Stein from King’s Fish House, Chef Peter Lehmar from Gladstone’s Restaurant, Long Beach and many more.

Feed your mind as you nurture your appetite. Watch and learn at how-to cooking demonstrations throughout the day in the Honda Theater, grab take-home recipes of all the chowders and gain valuable insights and information about sustainable seafood from FishWatch, Carlsbad Aquafarm, Alaskan Seafood Marketing Institute as well as other experts.

Experience the diversity of the Pacific Ocean and the majesty of the sea as you roam throughout the Aquarium’s 50 exhibits with over 11,000 animals.

Cast your ballet for the best chowder of the day. Awards will be given for the Best in Show, Most Creative and People’s Choice. Vote and become eligible for a variety of hourly prizes throughout the event, including free tickets ($100 value each) to Sea Fare 2011, the Aquarium’s annual marquee event; a limited number of annual memberships to the Aquarium, tickets for free daily admission to the Aquarium and gift certificates to participating restaurants. Admission for the public included in general Aquarium admission: $24.95 adult (12+), $21.95 senior (62+), $12.95 child (3-11), & free for children ages 0-3. For more information on the Chowderfest, visit

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