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Half Moon Bay Restaurateur Earns Recognition for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Sam’s Chowder House owner Paul Shenkman wins the 2013 “Innovation in Hospitality” award by the San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Sam’s Chowder House is proud to announce that culinary entrepreneur and owner Paul Shenkman has been presented with the 2013 “Innovation in Hospitality” award by the San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau (SMCCVB), through a new awards program called Peninsula Recognition of Passionate Service (PROPS).

This award honors a lifetime achievement of passionate service and commitment to the hospitality industry from the perspective of entrepreneurship and innovation. PROPS candidates throughout San Mateo County and Silicon Valley are nominated by the community and final award winners are selected by the SMCCVB.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the SMCCVB with this prestigious hospitality award” said Shenkman. “Innovating and creating new food experiences is an exciting part of this business, and I consider myself pretty lucky to be able to build a career around my passion for food. I’m equally lucky to have such a talented team to help make each business a success, and customers that appreciate it so much.”

According to the SMCCVB, Shenkman was chosen based on his passion and commitment to cuisine and customers, bringing New England style seafood to the West coast at Sam’s Chowder House, and most notably through the restaurant’s award-winning Sam’s Lobster Rolls. In addition, he was honored for his entrepreneurship in creating the nations first mobile gourmet seafood truck, Sam’s ChowderMobile (www.samschowdermobile.com). Named “Top 10 Fab Food Trucks in America” by The Discovery Channel, the fleet now includes four trucks that serve fresh seafood all over the Bay Area.

Shenkman’s other ventures include San Mateo restaurant Osteria Coppa (www.osteriacoppa.com), voted “Best Italian Restaurant in the Bay Area” by ABC 7’s Bay Area A-List, and his newest downtown Palo Alto restaurant, Campo Pizzeria (www.campopizzeria.com) featuring thin-crust artisan pizza and a fresh mozzarella bar.

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George Muteff February 28, 2013 at 04:00 AM
Congratulations to Paul. His business has seemingly exploded since he opened Sam's. Every time I go past Sam's Chowder House the parking lot is packed and cars line the highway. Doesn't seem to matter what time of day or night it is; always packed. Leveraging that success with the additional businesses he has created has worked very nicely. He deserves the positive recognition he has been and is receiving. The only question I would have for Paul is, where do you find the energy?
Carrie Carver February 28, 2013 at 08:26 PM
The only question that I have for Paul is, have you tasted your menu and prices lately?
Carrie Carver February 28, 2013 at 08:42 PM
Because I tasted the menu and ate the prices, both of which were very unsatisfying.
Dee March 01, 2013 at 04:51 AM
I love the lobster rolls at Sam's! I love the patio and view ... and the crowds. It's a happening place and wonderful to see business booming in sleepy ol' HMB. Best thing that's happened to that location -- it's now a destination, not a drive by dump.
Dee March 01, 2013 at 05:05 AM
A yes, congrats to the owner Paul Shenkman for a job well done. Btw, Osteria Coppa is fabulous, too.

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