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Results of the Bay Port Fish Company Celebrity Chowder Competition

Hundreds Raised for Local Charities

May 26, 2009       Leave a Comment
By: Julie McCallum, Entertainment Editor

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On Sunday, May 24 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Bay Port Fish Company held a Celebrity Fish Chowder Challenge. Seven of the region's most popular media stars partnered with local restaurants to raise funds for their chosen charity and a chance to win the first annual Celebrity Chowder Challenge, sponsored by the Bay Port Fish Company.

Each celebrity team prepared their own version of a fish or seafood chowder which was evaluated by a panel of local judges.

Samples were sold to the public for a nominal fee to support local charities and to determine the winner of the People's Choice Award and bragging rights for the year.

Competitors included:

  • Bob Hughes, WHNN & Lumber Barons to benefit The Johnny Burke Children's Foundation.
  • Patti LaLonde, The Bay City Times & The Waterfront Market to benefit the Literacy Council
  • Art Lewis, WSGW & The Timbers to benefit Hidden Harvest
  • Barb Sheltraw, WKCQ & Souper Cafe to benefit Friends of Hoyt Park
  • Mike Avery, MI Great Outdoors & The Junction to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bay County
  • Eric Jyhla, TV5/News Radio 1250 & Bay Regional Medical Center to benefit the Bay County Historical Museum
  • Julie Munger-McCallum, City Buzz TV & Hooters to benefit Friends of the Bay City State Park.

  • Complete Results for the 1st Annual Bay Port Fish Company
    Celebrity Chowder Challenge were as follows.

    Peoples Choice Winner:
  • Art Lewis (WSGW) / The Timbers / Hidden Harvest

  • Judged Competition:
  • 1st Place: Art Lewis (WSGW) / The Timbers / Hidden Harvest
  • 2nd Place: ( Buzz TV) / Hooters / Friends of the Bay City State Recreation Area
  • 3rd Place: Mike Avery (Outdoor Magazine) Junction Bar & Grill/ Boys & Girls Clubs of Bay County

  • Local Judges included, Senator Jim Barcia, State Representative Jeff Mayes and the sponsor of the event Tom Williams from Bay Port Fish Company.

    1st Place Winner Art Lewis (WSGW), The Timbers, Hidden Harvest

    2nd Place, Buzz TV, Hooters, Friends of the Bay City State Recreation Area.

    Eric Jyhla, TV5, News Radio 1250

    The Souper Cafe

    Thanks to everyone who came out to support this event!
    Hundreds of dollars were raised for the celebrities chosen charities.

    BayFest supporters; The Dow Chemical Company and produced by the Bay City Convention & Visitors Bureau and Area Family Charities, Inc. Additional support has been received from Covenant Health Care, Franks Great Outdoors, J. E. Johnson Mechanical Contractors, Renew Systems and Berkley.

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