Pike Place Chowder Cookoff Winner in Hometown Competition.

Congratulations to the Pike Place Chowder Cookoff Winner.  After 20 years they remains the hometown favorite in a cookoff competition.


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When Larry Mellum of Pike Place Chowder decided to enter his soups in the Chowder Chomp competition, January 30th & 31st, as part of the 2016 Seattle Boat Show, the reason was simple: The event benefitted Salmon for Soldiers, an organization that sponsors fishing expeditions for veterans, many of whom have debilitating challenges. “The fact that we won is secondary, but we love it,” he says. “We had strong competition and the crowds seemed to be enthusiastic about all of the terrific, local food.” 

In 1993, Mellum co-owned the Charlestown St. Café in West Seattle, which became the first eatery to win both the Judges Award and the People Choice Award during the Seattle Chowder Cook-Off. Today, with his Pike Place Chowder cafés, Mellum is ever introducing new, award-winning chowders, but still remains faithful to the original New England Clam recipe from the early days. He enjoys displaying the many Trophies, Plaques, Blue Ribbons, and Banners representing more than a dozen wins from coast-to-coast, along with induction into the Great Chowder Cook-off Hall-of-Fame in Newport, Rhode Island.

Mellum has had plenty of offers to franchise, but insists he can’t insure the same level of quality with mass-produced foods. Proof that his philosophy pays off is realized in the long lines and patient customers waiting to be served his now-famous soups. Over the last two years, he has worked with a well-respected food service group in formulating chowders for supermarkets – currently available in QFC and Fred Meyer deli counters, and soon to launch in Safeway stores.

With two Seattle locations, Pike Place Chowder opened in Pike Place Market in 2003 at 1530 Post Alley, followed by the 2007 launch in Pacific Place Shopping Center. The Market diner serves eight chowder varieties daily, along with Dungeness Crab, Lobster Rolls and market-fresh salads. Pacific Place features five chowders daily as part of a large menu that includes to-order items such as fish’n chips along with premium brews.