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Who’s Coming to Chowderfest




Chocolats du CaliBressan

Giessinger Wines

Island Brewing Co.

Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards

Max’s Restaurant

Marmalade Café

Museum Café

Olio e Limone

Seawind Wines

Whitcraft Winery


2nd Annual Chowder Champ crowned!

Nearly 450 attended the 2nd Annual Santa Barbara Chowder Fest on October 23, 2011 at the Montecito Country Club to enjoy 30 varieties of Chowder and the offerings of 10 wineries and 5 breweries among a host of amazing auction items and one fabulous raffle where one person Tim Trager of Hill & Trager walked off with 52 botles of wine!

Judges Michael Cervin, Chef William S. Bloxsom-Carter and Chef Edie Robertson all had a tough time narrowing their choices down to the top three in each category of clam and creative.

Overall Chowder Champ

Y’s Foods Napa (from Napa Valley)

People’s Choice Award

Arch Rock Fish 



1st Place – Useless Bay Seafoods
2nd Place – Marmalade Cafe
3rd Place – Lazy Acres


1st Place – Y’s Foods Napa
2nd Place – Boathouse
3rd Place – Museum Cafe

Chef Edie Robertson signs on as Judge for Chowder Fest

We’re very excited to announce that local Santa Barbara legend, Chef Edie Robertson will be our third judge for the 2nd Annual Chowder Fest on October 23 at Montecito Country Club.

Best known in Santa Barbara for the ten years she spent as former Executive chef/co-owner of the Sojourner Café, Edie Robertson is a multi-talented woman whose petite frame conceals remarkable amounts of energy, talent, and kindness.

The impish Robertson achieved fame early: a world skateboarding champion while still in her teens, she was also the lead singer of She-Rock, an all female rock band that was the first American rock band to be allowed to perform and record on mainland China.

After graduating in 1996 from Western Culinary Institute/Cordon Bleu in Portland Oregon as Valedictorian with top honors, she completed her education with an internship at Aqua Restaurant in San Francisco under celebrity Chef Micheal Mina. Chef Edie returned to Santa Barbara in 1997 and became Executive Chef and co-owner of the Sojourner Café until August of 2008.

Edie brought a refreshingly creative, multicultural cuisine to the venerable health-minded coffeehouse, long a favorite locals’ hangout loved for its friendly ambience. Edie’s “Chef’s Specials” menu added a gourmet dimension that significantly increased the Sojourner’s customer base. She received top honors in three national recipe competitions, holds a Raw Food Chef certificate, has been a guest speaker at Santa Barbara City College’s HRC program, UCSB panels on healthy eating, career days at local High Schools, featured chef at many cooking seminars and is a long time member and co-chair of the Slow Food movement.

Her commitment to sustainable practices made her one of the first chefs to actively support local farmers, taking the time to peruse the aisles of the farmers market, her red wagon in tow, in search of the freshest organic produce, choosing to spend extra time and money to obtain organic ingredients for the restaurant’s kitchen, and becoming the first partner restaurant in the City of Santa Barbara’s pilot composting program.

Edie has a huge heart. Her charitable endeavors include serving as vice president on the Board of Directors of the Community Kitchen, feeding the homeless at Casa Esperanza, and participation in charity fundraisers too numerous to list.

An athlete dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle, Edie runs and rides with the Eschelon bike club, and she is a lead singer/guitarist for Jayne Wayne, a local rock band.

Playboy Mansion Executive Chef signs up to Judge Chowder Fest

Chef William Bloxsom-Carter, executive chef of Playboy Mansion West in Los Angeles has agreed to take on the extremely difficult task of judging Santa Barbara’s finest chowder entries.

Playboy Mansion’s two kitchens support a private household, a private hotel, a fine dining room and is the central entertainment hub for most all promotional activities of Playboy Enterprises, Inc. on the west coast. Overnight guests of the company, usually business partners from around the globe, enjoy the same service offered by any five-star hotel that they might have chosen for their trip. Then there are the numerous promotional events, luncheons and dinners that we host here for our marketing partners. The Mansion grounds are also the setting of several celebrity-studded charity galas throughout the year that each take weeks of preparation. The chef supervises a crew of 18 chefs, plus support staff and interns, working around the clock to stay ahead of the calendar of events hosted by The Mansion as well as the daily menu to service the needs of residents and guests. Chef Carter obviously loves his job as is evident in his 26 year history with The Mansion. (www.melissas.com/Recipes/Guest-Chefs/Guest-Chefs/William-Bloxsom-Carter.aspx)

Chef Carter’s philosophy is to bring out the best flavors in food products from beginning to end with minimal intervention and uncompromising standards of excellence. He relies on the principal that, “there is no substitute for fresh.”

Complementing his responsibilities for Playboy Enterprises, Chef Carter has prepared winery dinners in Sonoma County, Napa Valley, Paso Robles and the Santa Ynez Valley as well as special events for high-profile clients throughout the United States, focusing on the importance of food and wine pairings and extraordinary hospitality service. Additionally, Chef Carter is a recurring featured guest on numerous radio shows syndicated nationwide describing and promoting California wines and foods.

Chef Carter achieves his personal sense of purpose through a high standard of integrity, working tirelessly with the next generation of culinarians, giving back to the community, seeking-out hospitality food service innovations for the guest’s pleasure and synergizing creativity to increase staff morale. Chef Carter strives daily to achieve a “gold standard” of leadership accountability. (http://www.winejudging.com/bios/william_bloxsom-carter.htm)

Preparation for Chowder Fest 2011 underway

The first annual Chowder Fest was so successful that we couldn’t wait to get started with 2011! The committee has hit the ground running and we already have a host of last year’s participants re-upping their participation! If this is any indication and we still have 5 months to go – we should have over 30 chowders competing! Be sure to save the date and get your tickets early to avoid missing out on this exciting event! Check out pictures from the 2010 event to see what you missed if you weren’t there. If you were – check out the pictures to see if we got you on camera!

Bookmark this page and check back often for updates on your favorite restaurants/wineries/breweries. If there’s a restaurant you think we should connect with who absolutely should participate – let us know, we’ll get in touch with them and tell them you sent us! You can email us at info@lafsbc.org with that information.

Sugar Girl Cookie to provide tasty sweet treats!

Sweet for the tooth and sweet on the eyes, Sugar Girl Cookies www.sugargirlcookies.com is sure to appeal to multiple senses! She’s coming out to join the party on October 24th, so bring your sweet tooth and head over to the Montecito Country Club for some fantastic cookie creations!

The ‘O’s of Chowder

Opal and Olio e Limone both have thrown their chowder in the communal bowl so to speak to join us on October 24th at the Inaugural Chowder Fest!

The ‘O’s of Chowder

Opal and Olio e Limone both have thrown their chowder in the communal bowl so to speak to join us on October 24th at the Inaugural Chowder Fest!