New La Conner restaurant wins cook-off with chowder

Skagit Valley Food Co-op takes chili first prize


April 12, 2022

CHOWDER CHAMPIONS – Firehall Kitchen and Taphouse Co-owner Erik Lindeman, right, and chef Chris Braden stand before their pots of pork chili and clam chowder. The chowder won first place in the professional division of the 2022 Skagit Chili & Chowder Cook-Off at Farmstrong Brewing April 2. – Photo by Marissa Conklin

One could say chili and chowder are the two most popular soups year-round. But who is making the best in Skagit Valley this month?

This important question was answered at the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce’s chili and chowder cook-off April 2 at Farmstrong Brewing Co. Thirteen contestants handed out samples of chili and chowder in small plastic cups at the Saturday afternoon Skagit Valley Tulip Festival kick-off event in Farmstrong’s beer garden. Tickets were $15; the price did not stand in the way of hundreds of participants wanting to get a taste.

The contest had three divisions: pr...

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