Clam Chowder Cook-Off Raises $89,500 for City of Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation

SANTA CRUZ, CA (March 3, 2017) – The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and City of Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation Department announced that this year's Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook-Off was a big success, raising $89,500 for City of Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation Department programs.

The Boardwalk and Parks & Rec have worked together for 36 years to host the popular event at the Boardwalk.  This was the first year the cook-off was held over two days, with amateurs competing on Saturday, February 25 and Professionals on Sunday, February 26. More than 70 different clam chowders were served over the two day event.

Eastside Eatery was the big winner in the professional category, with local chef Derek Rupp winning top awards for both his Boston and Manhattan chowders. Rupp also won both categories in 2015.

The Clam Chowder Cook-Off has raised over $1,389,500 for City of Santa Cruz Parks & Rec since it started in 1981. Parks & Rec uses the money to help fund important programs for local kids.

“We’re delighted with the success of our first 2-day Clam Chowder Cook-Off,” said Boardwalk event director Karley Pope. “Great chowder, sunny skies and a fun atmosphere made for a really great weekend."

For a complete list of winners and a link to event photos visit

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