SAINT AUGUSTINE – The people chowered down, and then they spoke Feb. 25, when the St. Augustine Shrine Club hosted its Chowder Challenge for Children at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.
“We had a great turnout and both the public and the restaurants were very pleased with the flow of traffic and the comfortable setting,” reports Jerod Meeks, who chaired the Shrine event.
A special treat, was attendance by a young ambassador from the Crippled Children’s Hospital Theodore . Meeks reports. “He absolutely stole the show! His presence made everyone there realize why they were working so hard-and it was actually very emotional to see how everyone responded to this brave young man.”
When the people spoke, they chose Kyle’s Seafood for the People’s Choice Award.
Winners in the various categories were selected by a team of judges, with the following results:
Minorcan Conch Chowder: Hurricane Patty’s – first; Kyle’s Seafood – second; Purple Olive – third.
Minorcan Clam: Aunt Kate’s – first; Sunset Grille – second; O’Steen’s – third.
New England Clam: Sunset Grille – first; Prohibition Kitchen – second; Purple Olive – third.
Seafood: The Reef – first; Sunset Grille – second; Kyle’s Seafood – third.
Special thanks to Hurricane Patty’s, Kyle’s Seafood, Purple Olive and Sunset Grille, who participated in all categories.
Thanks were also extended, says Meeks, “to the dozens of Shriners, the Lady Scimitars and other volunteers for their efforts in making such a large event so successful.”
Proceeds from the Shrine event support the Shriners’ Crippled Children’s Hospitals.