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Chowder Cook-Off to Benefit Captain Joseph House at the Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival Graham Kerr to Judge Awards

Chowder lovers rejoice! Are you an amazing chowder cook at home? Do you feature one-of-a-kind chowder at your restaurant? If so, you’ll want to try your hand at this year’s Chowder Cook-Off! Chef Graham Kerr, “The Galloping Gourmet”, will be featured as our guest judge at the 4th Annual Captain Joseph House Chowder Cook-Off on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival on the Port Angeles waterfront.

If you love cooking chowder, now is the time to pull your team together and prove why your chowder is the best! And Chef Kerr won’t be the only judge…festival goers will also pick their favorite chowder.

Entry fees for professional cooks are $45 for the first entry and $22.50 for each additional entry. Amateur cooks pay $20 for the first entry and $10 for each additional entry. The chowder recipe may be seafood, a combination of seafood and other ingredients, or vegetarian. Applications and fees must be submitted by September 16, 2016.

The Chowder Cook-Off takes place from 10:00am – 2:00pm at the Gateway Transit Center. Beginning at 10:00am, visitors can watch the chefs cooking, and may taste chowders from both amateur and professional cooks beginning at noon. Unlimited tickets for tastes of chowder (5 tastes for $10) may be purchased. Each $10.00 ticket includes one vote in the People’s Choice Award. The more tickets you buy, the more chowder you get to sample and the more votes you have! Chef Kerr will judge chowders at 12:30pm and present the awards at 2:00pm. All proceeds benefit Captain Joseph House, honoring our Fallen Heroes and their Gold Star Veteran Families.

Chef Kerr will be available for book signing from 11:00am -–12:00pm and “Stories with Graham” will begin at 1:00pm.

.Buck Ellard is joining us again with his traditional and original country music.

For more information and application materials, visit www.captainjosephhousefoundation.org or www.crabfestival.org or call Tawana Borden at (360) 683-3408 or Sam Coyle at (360) 460-4079.

The Captain Joseph House Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation located at 1108 S. Oak Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362.   www.captainjosephhousefoundation.org   Phone: (360) 460-7848
Contributions, gifts and bequests are tax deductible.

The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival is produced by Olympic Peninsula Celebrations, a Washington State nonprofit corporation, and the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce. For more information about the Festival, visit www.crabfestival.org , e-mail info@crabfestival.org , or phone (360) 452-6300.

Volunteering for the CrabFest

Volunteering at CrabFest is a great way to enjoy all the event has to offer. You get a snazzy CRAB CREW shirt, these aren’t  for sale, they can only be earned. You get to meet people from all. You get to listen to great music if you volunteer in the main tent and if you volunteer two, 4 hr shifts during the 3 day event…YOU GET FREE CRAB!  For each 8 hrs you volunteer you earn a 1/2 crab dinner with fresh corn and coleslaw.

There are openings for everyone, I can find a place that fits your comfort level from helping set up to pouring beer & wine. The online application link is on the home page.

I’m lookin forward to hearing from you soon,  Kelly Jo

 

15th Annual Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival Come for the Food, Stay for the Fun! October 7 – 9

Celebrating the Olympic Peninsula’s aquaculture, agriculture and maritime traditions

Each October foodies and fun-seekers from across the United States, British Columbia and copy-crabfest-header-full-size-960x225.jpgbeyond descend upon the scenic Olympic Peninsula to partake in a grand celebration of the coveted crustacean that derives its name from the town where it was first commercially harvested in 1848 — Dungeness.

The 15th annual Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 7 – 9, at the Port Angeles City Pier. Hours are Friday, 12pm – 10pm; Saturday, 9am – 10pm; and Sunday, 9am – 5pm.  Admission is free.

“CrabFest” as the festival has come to be known, has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association, and as one of the Top 10 Coastal Events by Coastal Living magazine. It was also featured in national food magazine Saveur, and has come in second place at the KING 5 Evening Magazine poll for Best Food Festival.

The Food! It’s all about great food and fresh crab! Thousands of pounds of Dungeness crab are pulled from local waters each year, enabling festival-goers to savor the freshest crab available while also enjoying a wide variety of locally grown and produced foods. The 9,000 square foot Kitsap Bank Crab Central Tent will house an old-fashioned crab-feed complete with large whole crabs, fresh corn and cole slaw. At Crab Central and throughout the grounds, 14 local and regional restaurants will serve-up everything from crab cakes to gumbo and much more! The Taylor Shellfish Farms Raw Oyster Bar is not to be missed! Non-seafood and vegetarian dishes will also be available.

The Fun! Held annually on the second weekend in October, Crabfest is a signature culinary event around which to plan a fall getaway weekend – or longer. In addition to great food, there’s live music throughout the event; a Chef Demonstration Stage featuring ongoing cooking demonstrations by a line-up of outstanding local and regional chefs; a Sunday morning non-denominational  “Crab Revival” with gospel music performed by local artists; a Sunday Chowder Cook-Off  sponsored by the Captain Joseph House Foundation; the Grab-A-Crab Tank Derby; and more than 70 vendor booths with juried crafts and information provided by environmental organizations.

Master Chef Graham Kerr, the former Galloping Gourmet, to judge Chowder Cook-Off The festival is pleased to once again welcome Graham Kerr, the Master Chef known to millions around the world as the Galloping Gourmet. Kerr will appear at the Gateway Pavilion just across the street from the Crab Central Tent from noon to 2pm on Sunday, where he will speak, sign copies of his books and preside as judge of the annual Chowder Cook-Off.
A Seasonal Highlight Along the Olympic Culinary Loop The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival is a seasonal highlight for Port Angeles, a city located 15 miles west of Dungeness, in a region long known as an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Nestled between the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains, PA has enjoyed its share of the limelight. Designated one of the 2015 Top 100 Best Small Towns by Livability.com, and one of the 20 Coolest Towns in the U.S. by the Matador Network, Port Angeles went head-to-head with Chatanooga, Tenn. in Outside Magazine’s 2015 “Best Town Ever” contest, coming in a close second by a slim margin of public votes.

The Olympic Peninsula has a growing a reputation for culinary adventure.  Winding through four Olympic Peninsula counties encompassing diverse microclimates, the Olympic Culinary Loop is alive with farms, produce stands, fisheries, creameries, bakeries, wineries, cideries, farm-to-table experiences and authentic culinary events, all within reach of Hwy. 101, the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway. The byway showcases the region’s diverse geography, from glacially sculpted peaks and towering old growth forest in Olympic National Park, to sea stacks along the wild ocean beaches and lush estuaries. The scenic natural beauty is enhanced by living tribal cultures, historic seaport towns, and rolling agricultural land.

During the fall, culinary travelers can visit artisan wineries, take a county farm tour, pick wild mushrooms, savor a farm dinner at a local waterfront resort, and of course, enjoy all the fresh crab they can eat at Crabfest! The Culinary Loop route is designed to put visitors in touch with the people who grow, harvest, catch and serve fresh Olympic Coast Cuisine, offering up a true sense of place.
Set against a backdrop of vibrant fall foliage, the snowcapped Olympic Mountains and coastal waters, the Olympic Peninsula is the perfect place to savor the season! Bring your hiking boots, kayak, mountain or road bike and get out there – you’ll want to work up an appetite!

More About Crabfest

Getting There To get to Crabfest, visitors can drive Route 101 to Port Angeles, with options for multiple ferry connections. Those from Canada will find special packages on the Coho Ferry from Victoria, which docks right next to the festival!

Sponsors There would be no Crabfest without the support of our more than 40 sponsors. Special thanks to our Presenting Sponsors: Black Ball Ferry Line – Kitsap Bank – Red Lion Hotel Port Angeles – Peninsula Daily News.

 The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival is produced by Olympic Peninsula Celebrations, a Washington State non-profit corporation, and the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce.

For details including transportation, accommodations, directions and the full program, please visit our website at www.crabfestival.org, e-mail info@crabfestival.org, or phone 360-452-6300.

Crafts Applications Available

The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival, October 7-9, 2016 is seeking applications from crafts vendors. The deadline is May 14th, 2016. There is no jury fee. Are crafts must be hand-made by the artist and are juried. Applications are at https://www.crabfestival.org/craft-vendors/

Plenty of food to enjoy at CrabFest!

BLONDIE’S PLATE
Curried Salmon Oscar: Local king salmon from Wild West on basmati rice in red curry, topped with
local Dungeness crab and cucumber salsa
Dungeness crab shooters: Bloody Mary & celery, finger lime caviar & cilantro, and ginger wasabi
aioli & cucumber salsa
Traditional Caesar salad: Romaine lettuce, garlic dressing, parmigiana & croutons. Add Dungeness
crab or local king Salmon, if desired.
Oyster grinder: Fried oysters, caper tartar and cabbage slaw on a bun
Fried chicken wings: Plain or spicy, with blue cheese dressing & celery

CEDARS AT DUNGENESS
Fried oysters
BBQ oysters
Oyster po boy wrap
Fried calamari
Dungeness crab poutine
Grilled hamburgers & fries
Halibut cake sandwich & fries

DUNGENESS CRAB CAKE COMPANY – BELLA ITALIA
Dungeness crab cake plate
Dungeness crab cake sandwich
Dungeness crab roll

Clark Mundy Creates New Crab Art

Clark Crab 2015Clark Mundy, one of our finest artists has created a new copper crab and generously is allowing us to use it for our Festival program and for new sportswear for the Festival. These fabulous shirts will be available only at CrabFest October 9-11.

Food Booths on the Pier

BC FROZEN TREATS
Ice cream bars, frozen bananas, frozen cheesecake, and frozen strawberry & banana kabobs. All may be dipped in chocolate and rolled in peanuts, while you watch!

CURBSIDE BISTRO
Nathan’s famous hotdogs, longhorn smoked German sausage, and Adell’s chicken pineapple bacon sausage.

 THE SEAFOOD SPOT
Northwest seafood gumbo, and freshly grilled crab or salmon cakes served with a tri-citrus aioli sauce and organic greens.

3rd Annual Chowder Cook-Off to Benefit Captain Joseph House

CJHF logoPort Angeles, WA August 17, 2015 – Chowder lovers rejoice!!  Are you an amazing chowder cook at home?  Do you feature one-of-a-kind chowder at your restaurant? You will want to try your hand at chowder as Chef Graham Kerr, “The Galloping Gourmet” has agreed to be our guest judge at the 2015 3rd Annual Captain Joseph House Chowder Cook-Off, Sunday, October 11 at the Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival in Port Angeles. Proceeds of the event will benefit Captain Joseph House, a place of respite and healing for the Gold Star Families of our Fallen Heroes.

Chef Kerr will not only speak and present a cooking demonstration at the 14th Annual CrabFest but will also join us on Sunday to judge the best of our chowder cooks.

Now is the time to pull your cooking team together and prove why your chowder is the best! In addition to the judging by Chef Kerr, festival goers will also pick their favorite chowder for the “People’s Choice” award.

Entry fees for professional cooks are $45 for the first entry and $22.50 for each additional entry. Entry fees for amateur cooks are $20 for the first entry and $10 for each additional entry. The chowder recipe can be seafood, a combination of seafood and vegetables, or vegetarian.  For more information go to www.crabfestival.org  or www.CaptainJosephHouseFoundation.org. Applications and fees must be submitted by September 25.

Chowder Cook-Off takes place from 10:00am-2:00pm at the Transit Center next to the Port Angeles waterfront. Visitors can watch the chefs cooking beginning at 10:00am and taste chowders from both amateur and professional cooks starting at noon. Purchase unlimited tickets for $10 each to support Captain Joseph House. Each ticket receives 5 tastes and one People’s Choice vote. The more tickets you buy, the more chowder you can sample and the more votes you have! Chef Kerr will begin judging at 12:30pm and will preside at the official awards ceremony at 2:00pm.

For more information contact Tawana Borden at 360-683-3408 or Sam Coyle at 360-460-4079.

Captain Joseph House Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation located at 1108 S. Oak Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362.  Phone: 360-460-7848   www.CaptainJosephHouseFoundation.org   Contributions, gifts and bequests are tax deductible.

The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival is produced by Olympic Peninsula Celebrations, a Washington State nonprofit corporation, and the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. For full details, visit www.crabfestival.org, e-mail info@crabfestival.org, or phone 360-452-6300.

Master Chef Graham Kerr, “The Galloping Gourmet” returns to CrabFest

We are delighted to announce that iconic culinary master Graham Kerr will return this year to serve as the Resident Master Chef for CrabFest!

Graham Kerr portrait 2

Chef Kerr will be featured at the Welcoming Ceremony at 11:00am on Saturday, October 10, and from 2:00 – 3:00pm he will present a cooking demonstration and sign books. On Sunday, October 11, he will preside as judge at the Captain Joseph House Benefit Chowder Cook-Off. Awards for best chowder will be presented by Chef Kerr at 2:00pm.

Port Angeles is deeply honored to have Graham and his wife, Treena, as the founding Master Chef team for CrabFest. They not only helped carve out a culinary reputation for this national event, but brought their deep experience and passion to the food of the Northwest…and the food of the sea. He and Treena have become not only our inspiration and guide for great food at CrabFest, but the spirit of growing, harvesting, preparing and eating our Northwest bounty.

Graham Kerr, along with Julia Childs, gave us our first look at television cooking and introduced an entire generation to fine food and an industry that has blossomed into multiple cooking channels.  Known to millions as ‘The Galloping Gourmet’, he brought the art of creative cooking to television audiences of countless millions throughout the world from 1969 – 1971.

He has written over 25 books, with 14 million copies sold. His most recent book in print, Growing at the Speed of Life, was published in 2011 by Penguin Corp. His focus is on serving people who want to make healthy, creative lifestyle changes and to increase their consumption of fresh, local edible plants and seafood. His life goal is “to help to convert habits that harm into resources that heal both for ourselves and others in need.”

Chef Kerr has received many awards, including the Julia Child Cookbook Award, the James Beard Award, two Emmy nominations for most outstanding daytime programming and induction into the American Culinary Hall of Fame.

Today he resides in Washington State, and is working on his goals of increasing people’s daily serving of healthy fruits and vegetables, and reducing portion sizes and making school lunches more delicious and nutritious.

Carol Gentry Joins CrabFest Staff

Carol Gentry

Carol Gentry

Carol Gentry, formerly employed in administrative capacities with North Olympic Library System, Gentry Architecture Collaborative, and Clallam County Family YMCA, has joined the Port Angeles Crab and Seafood Festival staff as Operations Manager, reporting directly to Executive Director, Scott Nagel. “With her extensive background”, Nagel said, “she’ll be able to hit the ground running and help improve our structure and management while building on the long-time contributions of Mickie Vail who has decided to take some well-earned time for herself.”

Gentry, who, from 1992-2002 was instrumental in helping the Clallam County Family YMCA manage financials and membership growth, is currently a core volunteer for Captain Joseph House and is involved in several community organizations including Kiwanis Club of Port Angeles, Dream Playground and the Center for Community Design. Nagel said “Gentry’s contribution to Port Angeles is long and impactful—we are very fortunate to have her skills and dedication at the festival.”

Her work with “CrabFest” includes administration, finance, interfacing with key organizations, and representing the event at community meetings, as well as sponsorship support and website management. Additionally, Gentry will work with Nagel on other programs and projects.