• 2020 Version of the Great Chowder Debate!

  • 2020 Twist on annual “Great Chowder Debate”
    St. Augustine – In spite of 2020, Chowder Debate event organizers feel they cannot let current circumstances stop the annual tradition of the popular Great Chowder Debate – plus organizers want to continue raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Johns County (BBBS) - a program of Chamber member EPIC Behavioral Healthcare - and help support local restaurants as well.
    The 2020 twist on the event is “The 2020 Progressive Chowder Debate – Crawl Style” and it will run throughout the month of November.  Event patrons will be able to sample chowder at participating restaurants by either donating on-site for $2 per sample or by using a pre-paid Chowder card (10 samples for $15).    Additionally, people can vote on their favorite to win the “People’s Choice” Award ($1 per vote), enter into “Most Restaurants Visited” and “Wildest Mask” contests to be entered into a drawing, and purchase special edition event t-shirts. All proceeds from the chowder samples, People’s Choice votes, and t-shirts will benefit BBBS.

    Participating restaurants include:  A1A Ale Works, Amici’s, Beaches at Vilano, Costa Brava, Creative Juices, Culinary Outfitters, Dick’s Wings (US 1 S), Fionn MacCools’s Irish Pub, Fresh Market Island, Fried Chicken Kitchen, Kingfish Grill, Little Margie’s FA Café, Raintree Restaurant, Salt Life Food Shack, Schooner’s, Seafood Kitchen, The Conch House,
    Proceeds from the event allow BBBS to continue to offer one-to-one mentoring services for children ages 6-12 throughout St. Johns County.  During the pandemic, mentoring matches have been meeting virtually and  keeping these matches connected has been essential to the children in the program.  Additionally, new matches have been made virtually and all receive the professional case management which is a hallmark of the BBBS program.
    For more details on the event including a list of chowders, how to vote, and how to purchase pre-paid cards or event t-shirts, visit www.bbbsstjohns.org/chowder-debate or call (904) 829-3295.