Chowder Fest 2014


Three Pickles crowned Santa Barbara Chowder Champ!

Good things come in three’s and Three Pickles Deli and Subs proves that adage true. Up against a pack of competitors from five-star restaurants to sandwich shops, Bob & Clay Lovejoy, owners of Three Pickles took home awards in three categories at the fifth Annual Chowder fest held at Bacara to benefit Legal Aid Society and sponsored by food & home magazine.

Having entered the Chowder fest for the third year – there goes that three thing again – with each year getting closer to the crown. The triumvirate win was for Best Clam Chowder, Best Overall Chowder and People’s Choice Chowder. Last year they placed third. This year Chef Clay added a little special topping, “We finished each bowl off with a little spicy cappicola we crisped up and crumbled.” Using that combination of spicy flakes with the rich and hearty base for the chowder is unique to the ‘Pickle empire.’

Other Chowder fest honors went to Bacara, for second place in the clam chowder division; Chase Restaurant and Bar for first place in the creative chowder and runner up went to Ojai Jelly. Over 800 people attended the event on Sunday, November 2.