The Bridge Street Merchants, the Bridge Street Market and Sea-renity Spa & Boutique present a creative chowder cook-off competition and live music by the Tangled Mangos from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday January 6, 2013.
December 27, 2012 — Sample some of the most delicious traditional and inventive chowder recipes from acclaimed local chefs and culinary aficionados from Anna Maria Island; all while supporting the fight against cancer.
“The Market Food Challenges have earned a reputation for friendly, yet fierce, competition. I’m sure this one will be no exception, especially since there’s so many different ways to make chowder. I love that our island community consistently puts out such great food for these good causes,” says Amanda Escobio Owner / Massage Therapist at Sea-renity Spa & Boutique. All proceeds from the Chowder Challenge will benefit the American Cancer Society’s 2013 Relay for Life team sponsored by her Bridge Street business.
Tickets for the January 6th Chowder Challenge are only $5 per person. Entry to the Bridge Street Market and the Tangled Mangoes music jam are free. Food, fun and shopping for all ages will fill up the popular Bridge Street Market as visitors sample each food entry and vote for their favorite chowder recipe. First, second and third place winners will walk away with highly coveted “Best Chowder on the Island” bragging rights.
Each month the Bridge Street Market holds a food challenge to benefit local charities, such as MoonRacer Animal Rescue and F.E.L.T, while showcasing the delicious food prepared by local restaurants, merchants and home chefs. Participating restaurants typically include those on or near Bridge Street: Bridge Street Bistro / Island Time, Bridge Tender, Banana Cabana and the BeacHhouse, although island-wide entrants are encouraged, both professional and amateurs.
Bringing some of the area’s best chefs to the table, the eclectic mix of restaurant styles puts the meaning of good chowder to the test. Chowder traditionally is a thickened soup or stew and served with crackers. New England Clam Chowder is typically made with chopped clams and diced potatoes in a mixed cream and milk base with butter. Manhattan Clam Chowder has a tomato base and typically omits potatoes. Corn Chowder uses corn instead of clams. There are also a wide variety of fish chowders and potato chowders, some being made with cheese.
The Bridge Street Market is sponsored by the Bridge Street Merchants; a non for profit 501 c6 comprised of business owners whose mission it is to promote Historic Bridge Street, the Bradenton Beach Community, and all its businesses. For more information on the Bridge Street Merchants or the Bridge Street Market visit www.bridgestreetmerchants.com.