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It's Soup for the People!

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Going into its ninth year for 2015, the Troy Chowderfest welcomes chowder-lovers throughout Capital Region to come out and judge who has the best chowder in the area. On the Sunday of Columbus Day weekend (October 11, 2015), from 12-4pm, restaurants from across the Capital Region fill Riverfront Park, with decorated booths and all sorts of creative chowders. It's a full day of fall food, live music, and family fun!

Prizes are awarded for best seafood, vegetarian, most original and overall favorite – judged by a secret panel of local restaurant critics. Festival-goers are able to vote on the coveted 'People's Choice' award.

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Here's How It Works

$1 = One ticket = 1 cup of chowder. Limit 20 tickets per person.

15 festival goers will be chosen at random to participate in a blind taste test to judge the People's Choice Competition. 

2014 Troy Chowderfest WINNERS!

Judges Choice All Around Best:

1st: Jack's Oyster HouseNantucket Boat Chowder

2nd: Capital Disrtict Educational Opportunity Center - Clam, Corn & Andouille Sausage Chowder with a Honey Biscuit

3rd: Jack's Oyster House - Fall Harvest Pilgrim Chowder

People's Choice:

1st: McGreivey's Restaurant - Buffalo Chicken Chowder with Bleu Cheese Oyster Crackers

2nd: Mallozzi's - Autumn Pear Chowder

3rd: Capital Disrtict Educational Opportunity Center - Clam, Corn & Andouille Sausage Chowder with a Honey Biscuit

Judges Choice:

Best Seafood: Jack's Oyster House - Nantucket Boat Chowder

Best Vegetarian - Bountiful Bread - Jamaican Sweet Potato Chowder

Most Original: Mallozzi's - Sweet & Sour Eggplant Chowder

Best Booth - Jack's Oyster House

2014 Competitors!


Black Cat Ale House

Black Cat Ale House - Cohoes, NY
Joanne Adaive
Red & White Clam Chowder
Chicken Chipotle Corn Chowder



Bountiful Bread

Bountiful Bread - Albany, NY
Anthony Benamati
Jamaican Sweet Potato Chowder



B-Rads Bistro

B-Rad’s Bistro & Catering - Troy, NY
Brad Stevens
Chicken Cordon Bleu Chowder


Broadway Cafe

The Broadway Café - Troy, NY
Christine Carpinello
Oktoberfest Chowder





Brown’s Brewing Co. - Troy, NY
Nigel Peters
Lobster Seafood Chowder
Roasted Corn Poblamo Chowder



brunswick bbq

Brunswick BBQ and Brew - Troy, NY
Chris McNally
New England Style Clam Chowder



Capital City Diner


 Capital City Diner - Albany, NY
Sammy Panadis and Nate Thomas
Butternut Squash Bisque





Capital District Equal Opportunity Center - Culinary Program - Troy, NY
Joe Forget & Students
Clam, Corn, Andouille Sausage Chowder with a Honey Cheddar Biscuit



Finnbar’s Pub - Troy, NY
Chris Carpentier
Pumpkin Chorizo Chowder



Infinity Cafe


Infinity Cafe - Troy, NY
Matthew Dame
Loaded Baked Potato Chowder



Jacks Oyster House

Jack’s Oyster House - Albany, NY
Larry Schepici
To Be Announced




Mallozzi’s - Albany, NY
Ryan Huneau
Autumn Pear Chowder
2nd Chowder To Be Announced



McGreivey’s - Waterford, NY
Chris Zlotnick
Buffalo Chicken Chowder with Blue Cheese Oyster Crackers




Mingle - Albany


Mingle - Albany, NY
Un-Hui Filomeno
To Be Announced






Patricelli's Deli & Catering - Troy, NY
Vinny Rayno
Bacon Crab Corn Chowder



Price CHopper

Price Chopper - Schenectady, NY
Mike Tracy
Roasted Corn, Scallop & Shrimp Chowder



Sweet Sues

Sweet Sue’s - Troy, NY
Susan Dunckel
Gluten Free, Vegan, Thai-inspired Chowder



Yanni’s Too - Ravena, NY
Marc Yanni
Chicken Pot Pie Chowder
Louisiana Seafood Gulf Chowder


2014 Judges Panel

Jackie BaldwinJackie Baldwin

Executive Chef - Sodexo Campus Services

Jackie Baldwin oversees over 34,000 meals a week for the students of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The Troy native has worked in many restaurant kitchens, but for the past 13 years, she has been able to enjoy more conventional hours as RPI’s Executive Chef. Jackie is a graduate of Russell Sage College who has racked up over eighteen years of experience in the food service industry. Beginning career with Hilton Hotels in 1983, she has held many titles, such as Sous-chef, Head Chef, and Executive Chef. The acclaimed chef has received numerous awards and honors over the years, including the American Culinary Federation Liz Kraus Award (2013), Golup Corporation’s Food Service Manager of the Year (1999), American Culinary Federation Chef of the Year (1999), and American Culinary Federation Culinarian of the Year (1998).


Steve Barnes

Steve Barnes

Restaurant Columnist - Times Union

Steve Barnes writes about Capital Region dining and the restaurant scene of the ever popular Table Hopping column and blog for the Times Union. The Schenectady native’s column runs every other Thursday on the cover of the Food-Life section.  His Table Hopping blog is updated almost daily, allowing Steve the freedom to give his opinions on all things food and dining related. Steve studied at Boston University and has worked at the Times Union since 1996, serving as a senior writer and restaurant critic since 2005.



Bill Dowd

Bill Dowd

Restaurant Critic – Various Publications

William Dowd is a veteran newspaper editor, columnist, writer and blogger in the field of spirits, wine and food with over 40 years of experience. Born in East Meadow, NY, Bill has retired to good old Troy, NY where he manages his many blogs and websites, updating the consumer on dining experiences and everything else going on in the food and beverage industry within the Capital Region and beyond.  His opinions and observations are posted on his website, while Capital Region residents can read up on the latest dining and beverage experiences through his Times Union blogs, Notes on Napkins and Dowd on Drinks.  


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