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Claw Down 2nd Annual Chef's Lobster Bite Competition - SOLD OUT!

Date: September 18, 2013 Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Claw Down 2nd Annual Lobter Bite Competition
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Event Description

Thanks for a Sold Out - 2nd Annual Claw Down!!!
Save the Date: 3rd Annual Claw Down - Sept. 18, 2014

2nd Annual Claw Down Winners:

Judges' Choice Winner Best Lobster Bite: The Tugboat Inn, Boothbay Harbor, Executive Chef Mike Ham
People's Choice Winner Best Lobster Bite: Robinson's Wharf Tugs & Pub, Southport, Executive Chef Jason Chamness

Kim Martin, Chef/Co-owner of Eventide Specialties won First Runner-up Judges Choice
Geoff Cornell, Executive Chef of Boothbay Harbor Country Club won Second Runner-up Judges Choice 

Fiona Dunlap, Executive Chef of Newagen Seaside Inn won First Runner-up People's Choice
Geoff Cornell, Executive Chef of Boothbay Harbor Country Club won Second Runner-up People's Choice 

For more details on the winners please click here!

Click here to watch the Claw Down in action!
Click here for a bio on each chef and their lobster bite.

The Second Annual Claw Down Chef’s Lobster Bite competition hosted by the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce is set to tempt the palettes of the most discerning lobster fanatics!


Limited to only 400 attendees this event sold out last year at 200 people so we doubled the capacity.
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You will enjoy savory lobster bites from eighteen local chefs while sipping on wines from Central Distributors. 

Our Host Celebrity Chef Michele Ragussis, Executive Chef at The Pearl restaurant in Rockland and a finalist in the Food Network show "The Next Food Network Star" and "Chopped” will emcee the event. 

Three industry-renowned judges will be faced with the hard task of selecting the Judges’ Choice winner, while attendees will be asked to cast their votes for the People’s Choice winner for Claw Down Chef of the Year. The 2nd Annual Claw Down will feature three-industry renowned professionals at our Judges' table:

Chef Kerry Altiero, 2012 Lobster Chef of the Year, owner and Executive Chef at
Café Miranda
Located in Rockland, the lobster capital of the world,
Café Miranda is a small, cozy bistro like restaurant with a big menu of ethnic tastes and bites to please even the pickiest of palettes.

Chef Lynn Archer, a.k.a The Queen of Clubs, owner/Executive Chef of Archer's on the Pier and The Brass Compass Café and winner of the "Lobster Dekkah" challenge on the Food Network Show “Throwdown with Bobby Flay” Chef Archer spends most of her time between her Rockland-based restaurants:The Brass Compass Café and Archer’s on the Pier    

Sandy Oliver, Maine food historian, Bangor Daily News food columnist and author of “Maine Home Cooking.” Sandy is a freelance food writer with the column Taste Buds appearing weekly since 2006 in the Bangor Daily News.

Last year, Executive Chef Micah Jones of Brown's Wharf Inn received the Judge's Choice Award in a blind judging competition for the Claw Down Chef of the Year.  Jones' winning bite was a polenta and truffle lobster bite, fresh lobster meat served over a sun-dried tomato and polenta cake, finished with lobster sauce and truffle oil.

Executive Chef Fiona Dunlap of the Newagen Seaside Inn & Restaurant was voted as the People's Choice Award winner of the First Annul Claw Down event. Dunlap's bite was a petite corn cake topped with native corn puree, Maine lobster, butter sauce and candied tarragon.





2nd Annual Claw Down Participating Restaurants:

Boathouse Bistro & Tapas Bar
Chef & co-owner Karin Guerin
Boothbay Harbor Country Club
Executive Chef Geoff Cornell
Boothbay Lobster Wharf
Chef Kosta Rigas
Brown’s Wharf
Chef Micah Jones
Eventide Specialties
Chef & co-owner Kim Martin
Fisherman’s Wharf Inn
Chef John Reed
Kaler’s Restaurant
Chef & co-owner Sam Kaler
McSeagull’s Restaurant
Chef & co-owner Ralph Smith
Newagen Seaside Inn
Chef Fiona Dunlap
Oliver’s at Cozy Harbor Wharf
Chef Stacy McLellan
Ports of Italy
Chef Fabrizio Ventricini
Robinson’s Wharf & Tugs Pub
Chef Jason Chamness
The Lobster Dock
Chef & co-owner Mitch Weiss
The Rocktide Inn & Restaurant
Chef Joe Pinkham
The Thistle Inn
Chef Tony Bickford
The World Is Mine Oyster - Sushi
Chef Harrison Maung
Tugboat Inn & Restaurant
Chef Mike Ham
Windows on the Harbor
Chef Patrick Jones

Thank you to our SPONSORS: Presenting sponsors include the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce, Maine Magazine and the Brand Company, BDN Maine, Central Distributors, Boothbay Region Greenhouses, Ocean Point Marina along with the Maine Lobster Promotion Council, Ames True Value Supply, Tindal & Callahan Real Estate, BIG 104FM Blueberry Broadcasting, Marshall Tent and Event Rental, Tile Connection, Stone Cove Catering, US. Foods, The Hodgdon Island Inn, Topside Inn, Flagship Inn & Suites, The Inns at Greenleaf Lane, Dead River Company, Greg Powers Agency, Ted Axelrod Photography, Harbor Embroidery, Channel 7- BRCTV, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, Hodgdon Yachts, Washburn & Doughty, Lincoln Arts Festival, Martin Page, Country Coach Charters and NEMA Northeast Media Associates.

New Lobster Tiles create to support Claw Down
Audrey Miller has commissioned Kim Walker to create three relief lobster tiles that are Made‐In‐Maine.  They are 3” X 6” • Multicolored • Made for and sold exclusively by Tile Connection.  Price: $40 includes tax, gift card, wrapped in bubble wrap. A portion of the sale is donated to the Chamber of Commerce as a fundraiser for Claw Down. Endless decorating possibilities: Can be installed or hung as a single tile. Click here to learn more or stop by the Chamber or Tile Connection to see these amazing tiles!

For more information on ticket sales contact the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce or call: 207-633-2353.

Tickets are $60.00 each available online, by the phone or in person for cash, check or charge. Click the "Register Online" button above to purchase online tickets.

Event Location Ocean Point Marina
Date/Time Information Save the Date!!!
3rd Annual Claw Down
Thursday, September 18, 2014
6:00p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Events & information listed below are from 2013 and will be updated as soon as they are available.

Shuttle Information
: Country Coach Charters will be the exclusive shuttle service for Claw Down. Enjoy the trolley rides from 5p.m.-10p.m. to the Ocean Point Marina from any one of these Shuttle Stops: Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, Washburn & Doughty,  and Hodgdon Yachts (School Street and Murray Hill Road). Thank you to Country Coach Charters, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, Washburn & Doughty and Hodgdon Yachts for providing the shuttle and official shuttle stops for Claw Down.


Contact Information
Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce
Tickets are $60.00 each and include lobster bites, wine glass, wine and complimentary shuttle.
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