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Chowder Cook-Off 2013
Sixth Annual Draws Hundreds
March 18, 2013
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T
he Silos Restaurant, Florence-Whortonsville Fire Department and Oriental resident Elizabeth Buckman took top honors on Saturday at the 6th Annual Chowder Cookoff. Organized by the Oriental Woman’s Club, the event drew 440 people who sampled the chowders, and then voted.

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Roland Paré and Chris Daniels of The Silos Restaurant at Saturday’s OWC Chowder Cook-Off. The Silos won two first place awards — the top honors from the blind tasting by a trio of judges, as well as the People’s Choice award based on ballots filled out by the public.

The public picked the winner in the People’s Choice award, after sampling the wares. Separately, a trio of judges did a Blind Tasting and came up with their choices.

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The scene of the 2013 Oriental Woman’s Club Chowder Cook-Off at Oriental Marina.

In the restaurant category, The Silos won with both the public and the judges. Elizabeth Bruckman took top place in the Blind Tasting while the Florence-Whortonsville volunteer firefighters won the People’s Choice, in the individual category.

The 6th Annual Chowder Cook-Off was the most successful yet, says Linda Parker of the OWC. More than $4,000 was raised.

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David Brown with the top honor shell necklace that the Florence-Whortonsville Fire Department won in the People’s Choice voting.
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A scene repeated often Saturday at all of the tables, as chowder samples were offered.
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Elizabeth Buckman who was the Blind Test winner.
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Bill Sternberg served up shellfish — in the shell — in his chowder.

More photos and list of first, second and third place winners, ahead.

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Posted Monday March 18, 2013 by Melinda Penkava