In the News: Chowder Contest Results
February 15, 2009
Spud Point Crab Company Wins Again from Bodega Tips and Stories
Imagine planning for an event hoping against all odds that at least 300 people will come out to the coast to take part in the Best of the Bay – Chowder Day in Bodega Bay 2009. The day dawned with bright sun, blue skies, and the wind nonexistent. By noon, one hour into the event, 400 people had lined to pick up their maps to go seek the legendary “Best of Bodega Bay” chowder. By 2pm the doors had to be closed as we ran out of maps and chowder.
Bodega Bay Chowdafiles came from as far as Osaka, Japan. Of course many local towns were represented: Bodega Bay, Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Petaluma, Oakdale, Fresno, Sonora, Cloverdale, Cotati, San Francisco, Benicia, San Diego, Sacramento, Folsom, Placerville, Camp Meeker, Truckee and San Martin, just to name a few.
Out of state Bodega Bay Chowdafiles came from: Salem, Ma; Hilton Head Island, SC; Boulder, Co.; Altoona, PA.; Dayton, Nev.; Pontiac, Il; Denver, Co.; and New Jersey.
After all that, now the results: Again for the 4th year in a row, the Spud Point Crab Company garnered the winning votes. All the other restaurants were tied within a vote or two.
Many people headed out to Bodega Head after having their fill of crackers and chowder and were treated to see whale moms and calves migrating South from early December through the end of March (or North beginning in March through early April). Approximately 15,000 gray whales swim between the icy waters of the Artic to mate and nurse their young in the warm, shallow lagoons in Baja, California and then return. The full round-trip migration from the Bering Sea to the Baja calving lagoons is approximately 10,000 miles, the longest known migration for any mammal. Gray whales move at a steady speed of about five miles per hour, and can be spotted from the coastline.