Chuck’s Waterfront Grill took home top honors at the 4rd Annual Santa Barbara Chowder Fest held at the Montecito Country Club. Competing against 17 other restaurants in a blind tasting, Chuck’s received a unanimous vote of confidence from the three judges: Chef Michael Hutchings, Chef Jamie West, and George Yatchisin.

Winners of the Clam Chowder Category are: first place, Chuck’s Waterfront Grill; second place, Museum Café; and third place, Three Pickles. Lazy Acres is the first place winner in the Creative Category, followed by Montecito County Club; and in third place, Hungry Cat. La Cumbre County Club won the People’s Choice award.

Net proceeds were over $40,000, doubling proceeds from prior years. The fundraiser benefits Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County providing free help to those who have nowhere else to turn for legal protection against family violence, guardianships for minor children, housing discrimination, mortgage foreclosure assistance, consumer fraud, financial abuse against elders or other vulnerable residents of Santa Barbara County.

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