In The Bender Kitchen: Bacon Potato Chowder And The Soupstock Festival

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Executive Director of the MAS Turtle Shell Fund Joe Manganello and Owner/Chef of Bar 140 in Shelton, CT Joe Ballaro are in The Bender Kitchen to share a bacon potato chowder recipe and talk about the Soupstock festival!

Joe Ballaro will be entering the Soupstock festival contest and shares one of his recipes in the kitchen today with Teresa!

Bacon Potato Chowder with Sauté Leeks Recipe

1 lbs bacon
2 qt chicken stock
1 pint heavy cream
1 lbs potato
Salt and pepper

The Soupstock Music and Arts Festival will be held on July 9th-10th starting at 11 am each day.The festival includes music, food trucks, shopping, Kid Zone and more. It is $15 per person for each day and kids 12 and under are free! The soup/chili tasting is also free to paid attendees and kids.

For more information about the festival and where to order your tickets, visit their website at and watch the video above!

More Information

The Mary A Schmecker (MAS) Turtle Shell Fund was founded in 2010 by Michele and Fred Bialek and their brother Joe Manganello in their grandmother’s name to promote art, music and theater education to our local youth and community. Mrs. Schmecker was a ceramics instructor with the Lower Naugatuck Valley Boys and Girls’ club in Shelton for 35 years and was one of the first class of inductees into their Hall of Fame in 2007, shortly before her passing in 2008. Her grandchildren wanted to continue her legacy of encouraging kids and adults to utilize their creative skills and created Soupstock to help fund their goals. Since then, The MAS Turtle Shell Fund has given tens of thousands of dollars to local schools and community organizations to pay for art supplies, creative programs and scholarships.


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