Thu, 06/14/2018 - 8:45pm

BIMI’s Chowder Cookoff

To the Editor:

I would like to thank all those who participated in our Memorial Day weekend chowder event.  Eleven restaurants provided chowder for a crowd of about 400. Participating restaurants were Aldo’s, Ballard’s Inn, Beachead, Block Island Oyster Bar & Grill, Club Soda, Kimberly’s, McAloon’s, Mohegan Café, The National Hotel, The Oar, and Winfield’s. Garnering the most votes was Winfield’s (also the winner last year), followed by Kimberly’s in second place, with McAloon’s rounding out the top three. All the restaurants are to be congratulated and we encourage the community to support them all.

Music for the event was provided by island DJ Libra, who provided a reggae/Latin vibe, which was enjoyed by everyone. As in past years, Shannon Marsella arranged for seventh grade students from the Block Island School to serve the chowders from three stations. Thanks to all you students!

The BIMI board would also like to thank Mary Jane Balser, who allowed us to sell lobster raffle tickets in front of the BIG; Loretta Berry, who sold a ton of raffle tickets again this year; Carol Hill, Sharon Lehman, and Linda Spak for running chowder to the stations; Mike Ballard for assisting with admissions; Jules Craynock for assisting with chowder pickup; Missy Kiley for her expert kitchen operations; Jeff Smith and Raymond for set up and break down; Kimberly for her behind-the-scenes support; and our BIMI Board members (and spouses). 

And, of course, the biggest thanks really belong to all of you who attended the event. 

We hope you join us down at BIMI this summer for our programs, which include: free lectures on a wide range of topics on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. starting in June and running through August; free Monday through Friday educational programs for youngsters dealing with ecology, marine science, and Block Island’s maritime history; our observation tanks where you can see creatures from our local waters; and our College Crusade program comprising of week-long marine science programs for inner city students.


Jim Hinthorrn

Chair, BIMI’s ChowderFest Cookoff