We’re pleased to announce – with a bit of familial pride – that the winner of the Judge’s Choice award for best clam chowder at the 2011 Ipswich Chowderfest was submitted by Briar Rose Forsythe-Fandetti, daughter of the Kendall Hotel’s owners.
Briar owns and runs Willowdale Estate, an elegant event venue in Topsfield, Mass. She’s also the consultant for the Black Sheep restaurant here at the Kendall Hotel, the culinary artist who develops our recipes, including our homemade breakfast scones, Boston cream pies, delicious soups, and our renowned Firehouse Chili.
Ipswich, as you may know, is famous for its seafood, especially its clam “chowda” (as it’s pronounced locally). The Chowderfest, sponsored by the Ipswich Lions Club, draws hundreds of connoisseurs from the North Shore and beyond to sample and judge the cream of the crop of chowders from local restaurants and chefs, with proceeds going to local charities. To stand out from this distinguished field is quite an accomplishment!
We’re now featuring Briar’s award-winning chowder at the Black Sheep restaurant as part of our seasonally inspired menu of classic and innovative American home-style
cooking. If you’re dining with us for lunch or dinner, give this delectable soup a try – and discover what all the fuss is about!