3rd Time A Charm! Record-Breaking Ticket Sales at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum Chowderfest 2017

By Raven West

More than 1,500 Maritime Museum supporters and clam chowder enthusiasts were treated to a sampling of some of Ventura County restaurants best at the 3rd Annual Channel Islands Maritime Museum’s Chowderfest.

3rd Annual ChowderFest

Chowderfest is an annual collaborative fundraiser hosted by the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, IOBG (International Order of the Blue Gavel), and local Yacht Clubs to support the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, a non-profit which celebrates Five Centuries of Art that Sails and gives back to the community nearly every day of the year.

Ticket sales of this year’s sold-out event surpassed the previous year by 500 and nearly doubled the first year’s total of 800.

Attendees sampled more than a dozen different New England chowder recipes, and one Manhattan Style from La Dolce Vita. In addition, there were also delicious desserts, coffee, cold beer and wine, all of which were donated to help support the Museum.

Live music by the 8-piece live band “Kelly’s Lot & Friends” kept the crowd entertained all afternoon!

Kelly’s Lot Guitarists Perry Robertson and Rob Zucca, Matt McFadden on Bass, Drummer Art Mendoza, Bill Johnston and Aviva Malineg on Sax and Bobby Orgel on Keyboard accompanied by singer Kelly Z

Michole Saslow, Lisa Ellis and Janina Szczechowicz of SeaFresh Judges Choice and People’s Choice Winner

People’s Choice Second Place – Winner Rhumbline

The highlight of the afternoon was the presentation of the winning Judges Choice and People’s Choice Awards by the Maritime Museum’s new Executive Director Peter Crabbe.

For the first time since the ChowerFest began, both awards went to the same restaurant; Sea Fresh Restaurant. Owner Tamara Sutton cooked up some 25 gallons of the award winning chowder to a very appreciative and hungry crowd.

In the People’s Choice category; 4th place went to first time participant The Greek Mediterranean Restaurant, 3rd place went to previous winner the Lookout, 2nd place went to another first-time participant RhumbLine.

Non-Chowder winner went to another first time participant, the River Ridge Golf Course, for their chicken chowder.

UnChowder Winner – River Ridge Golf Course – Belinda Bichard

There was a four-way tie for the Judges Choice Honorable Mention; Kanaloa Seafood, The Greek Mediterranean Restaurant and Hook Line and Sinker

Another first time participant, Lynn Mikelatos, owner of The Greek remarked that ChowderFest “reminds me of the way things used to be. When people came out to these events to support the community and have a really great time. I was very impressed by the organization of the booths with so many tables and enough space for everyone to have a good sample of chowder!”

The popular event sells out quickly, so be sure to get your tickets early for next year’s Chowderfest 2018!


Complete List of Restaurants:

People’s Choice – Third Place Winner – Lookout

** Indicates First Time Participant

**River Ridge Golf Course – Oxnard – Winner Non-Chowder Award
**WatersEdge Ventura (Formerly Rhumb Line) – Ventura
**CocoVin (Formerly Brasserie Communautaire) – Oxnard
** Roxsbury Deli – Port Hueneme
**Harbor Mart – Oxnard (Channel Islands Harbor)
**Jetty Surf Café – Oxnard
**Kanoloa Seafood – Oxnard
**The Greek Mediterranean Restaurant – Ventura
** Sabra Fish Grill – Oxnard
Hook, Line & Sinker Seafood – Oxnard
La Dolce Vita – Oxnard
Tomas Café – Oxnard
The Lookout Bar & Grill – Oxnard (Channel Islands Harbor)
Sea Fresh – Oxnard (Channel Islands Harbor)
Spencer Makenzie’s- Ventura

Beer Brewer and Wineries:

Firestone Walker
Panaro Bros. Winery
Strey Cellars
Plan B
Four Brix
San Vicente Cellars

Desserts and Misc.:

Dottie’s Sweet Delights
Honey Pot
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Harbor Mart
Ventura County Credit Union

For information other events, tours and membership visit: http://www.cimmvc.org

Channel Islands Maritime Museum

3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard, CA, 93035

(805) 984-6260


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Photo Credits: Raven West

Raven West


Raven West is a free-lance writer and published author who has lived in Ventura County for more than twenty years. She has an extensive knowledge of local wineries from Thousand Oaks to Ojai and will be covering special events which take place at the tasting rooms throughout the year.Named in the TOP 50 Authors by Authorsdb.com

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