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Chowder Fest a soupy success

Chowder Fest fills bellies, raises funds for Exchange Club

Participants in the second annual Chowder Fest pose after the event. Rovezzi’s Restaurant chefs Mike Arrastia and Jay Demartino took top spot. (click for larger version)
March 03, 2011
STURBRIDGE — The second annual Chowder Fest presented by the Tri-Community Exchange Club was a tremendous success, as hundreds of hungry guests filed into the Publick House Sunday, Feb. 27, to enjoy chowders from various local establishments and choose their favorites.

After all of the soups had been sampled and the votes were counted, Mike Arrastia and Jay Demartino, of Rovezzi's Retaurant in Sturbridge, were named the Chowder Fest winners for their scrumptious rock shrimp and roasted corn chowder. Overlook Catering, of Charlton, won second prize, while BT's Smokehouse, of Sturbridge, claimed the third highest honors.

"We are so thankful to all of the restaurants that participated in this year's Chowder Fest, said Tri-Community Exchange Club member Sheri Bibinski. "The Publick House was absolutely packed — there were at least 300 people there."

In addition to filling people's stomachs, the event also filled the fundraising bank for the club thanks to generous donations from such companies as United Lens, Morrill Funeral Home, Morin Builders, and Jos. Blanchet Plumbing. Between these donations and money generated through the Chowder Fest raffle, the event raised $5,758 that the Tri-Community Exchange Club will use to assist less fortunate children and families throughout Charlton, Southbridge and Sturbridge.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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