It’s chowder time again
Judges (from left): Steve Kuhn, professional bayman and clammer; Honorable Peter Fox Cohalan; Kathy Heinlein, Captree Fishing Fleet; Nick Burford, Blue Point Brewing Co.; and Carl Lobue, director of Great South Bay Nature Conservancy.

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It’s chowder time again


OAKDALE—It was a glorious day on the Great South Bay as Snapper Inn hosted the 19th annual Long Island Chowder Contest on Saturday, Feb. 3.   There was absolutely perfect weather for this extremely popular event that included entertaining sailboat races out on the bay, a blazing fireplace, neighbors, friends and lots of foodies. Patrons enjoyed cup upon cup of delectable chowders and bisques, enthusiastically ladled by top chefs from both Suffolk and Nassau county restaurants. Participating restaurants included: The Oar Steak and Seafood Grille, Patchogue; Jolly Fisherman, Roslyn; Cull House, Sayville; Irish Coffee Pub, East Islip; Drift 82, Patchogue; Cowfish, Hampton Bays; Catch Oyster Bar, Patchogue; La Novella, East Meadow; La Tavola, Sayville; and of course the Snapper Inn, Oakdale. 

There were so many in attendance this year that the contest was moved to Snapper Inn’s larger dining room to accommodate the chowder fans.  They outdid themselves with the addition of specialty bourbon and wine stations, whose proceeds, along with a volunteer donation at the door, went directly to the fundraiser’s recipient, Great South Bay Nature Conservancy.