Thousands of chowder lovers savored the sumptuous soups of not only the best chefs in Rhode Island but as far away as Vermont and Ireland at the 37th Annual Great Chowder Cook-Off, held this past Saturday at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island.  But they also had a job to do — to determine who was going to take home the coveted titles of “Best Clam” and “Best Seafood” chowder and thousands in prize money, as well as Most Spirited Team and Coolest Booth.  When the battle for chowder glory ended there was one winner in both categories for the first time in the event’s history…Our House Bistro from Winooski, Vermont.  The complete results are as follows:


The winners are:

The 2018 Best Clam Chowder

1st Place – Our House Bistro, Winooski, VT

2nd Place – Crowther’s Restaurant, Little Compton, RI

3rd Place – MainSail at the Newport Marriott, Newport, RI


The 2018 Best Seafood Chowder

1st Place – Our House Bistro, Winooski, VT

2nd Place – Beara Coast Hotel, Cork, Ireland

3rd Place – Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School – Culinary Program, Taunton, MA


Most Spirited Team Winner – Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School – Culinary Program, Taunton, MA

Coolest Booth Winner – Our House Bistro, Winooski, VT

“It was a memorable day as Our House Bistro took both titles and a whole lot of bragging rights back to Vermont.  Congrats also to Crowther’s of Little Compton who came in second in the ‘Clam’ category after placing third last year and to Bristol Plymouth Regional Technical School for continuing its streak of placing in the top three, this time earning third in the ‘Seafood’ category,“ said Michele Maker Palmieri, Owner and President of Waterfront Productions in a press release on Tuesday,.  “All in all it was a great day to take in the views of Newport Harbor while tasting the different chowders and enjoying a wide variety of entertainment.”


The original and longest-running chowder championship in the country features the recipes of award-winning chefs representing restaurants, catering companies, clam shacks and culinary schools, as well as other fun ingredients including the Matunuck Oyster Festival, the Stop & Shop Culinary Stage, live music and a variety of entertainment for all ages.  Competing chefs carefully prepare 100 gallons of delicious chowder and serve samples of their creations to the thousands of chowder loving festival attendees who also serve as judges.


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Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. Although not the founder or original owner, Belmore has been with What'sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.