Herons West Coast kitchen at Fairmont Waterfront, Humboldt squid & smoked octopus chowder

Fall brings with it cloudy skies and cooler air, but it’s also an excuse to warm up by indulging in delicious comfort food. Vancouver foodies will have a chance to sample some of the city’s best chilly weather cuisine at the Vancouver Aquarium’s annual Ocean Wise™ Chowder Chowdown next month.
14 top Vancouver chefs will go head to head, vying to have their original, sustainable chowder creation crowned 2015 Ocean Wise Chowder Champion. Event attendees will also have the chance to cast a ballot to crown the People’s Choice award winner.

2013 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown/spotted jellyfish

I’ve attended this wonderful, colourful event over the years and can attest that you won’t find a more fun and unique atmosphere in which to savour yummy chowder and some of BC’s finest craft beers!
“This annual event brings together Vancouver’s culinary heavyweights and seafood lovers, united by their support for sustainable seafood. This year marks the 10 year anniversary for the Ocean Wise program. What began with a small group of partners has now expanded across the country, and we continue to see incredible momentum in the sustainability movement,” according to Ann-Marie Copping, Ocean Wise program manager.

Team Vancouver Aquarium with Chef Jo Astudillo

Overfishing is the biggest issue our oceans are facing and through participation in events like this the Vancouver community helps to generate awareness, continue the dialogue around seafood sustainability and do their part to spread the message.

The 2015 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion will be selected by a panel of esteemed judges.

2015’s Participating Restaurants

ARC at the Fairmont Waterfront | Chef Alessandro Vianello
Bao Down | Chef Greg Edwards
Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar | Chef Roger Ma
Codfathers | Chef Ross Derrick
Earls Test Kitchen | Chef David Wong
Fetch Restaurant at the Black Rock Resort | Chef Ceri Wackett
Fukasaku of Prince Rupert | Chef Daisuke Fukasaku
Glowbal | Chef Ryan Gauthier
Hart House Restaurant | Chef Mike Genest
Mosaic Grill at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver | Chef Jeff Szombaty
Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts | Chef Ben Kiely
Prestons Restaurant + Lounge | Chef Shelley Robinson
Showcase Restaurant at the Downtown Marriott | Chef Frank Gort
Vancouver Aquarium | Chefs Melissa Blomly, Natasha Blomly, Tim Bedford

2015 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown

2015 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown

Date: November 17, 7 pm
Venue: Vancouver Aquarium, 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Tickets: $63 including GST; available online
Note: This is a 19+ event. All ticket sales are final.

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