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Where you can have (arguably) the best chowder in Richmond on National Chowder Day

Posted at 4:57 PM, Feb 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-24 16:57:20-05

RICHMOND, Va. — Monday (February 25) is National Clam Chowder Day. So what does that mean to you?


What is clam chowder? The actual origins of what a chowder is and how it’s made are murky (not unlike the stew or soup itself). Some say the stewy dish started in the French Caribbean, others says it’s British. The only thing anyone can agree on, it seems, is that it’s served hot.

A recipe from 1894 in New York has pork, clams, potato, and tomato. A 1939 bill was introduced to Maine legislature to attempt to make tomato in chowder illegal. The list of discrepancies is long.

Even the name has multiple variations as chowder evolved regionally:

* New England clam chowder -potato, cream, clam

* Manhattan clam chowder – tomato, clam

* Boston clam chowder – cream, bacon, clam

* Rhode Island clam chowder – clam, bacon, clear broth

* New Jersey clam chowder – tomato and old bay

* Hatteras clam chowder – celery, carrots, onion and clam juice

* Long Island clam chowder – cream, potato

* Florida clam chowder- potatoes, hot peppers, tomato

* Maine clam chowder – cream, clam

(this list is far from exhaustive)

You’re in luck though. All of the The Boathouse locations will have New England Clam Chowder from chef Robert Nelson with some good cause behind the good chowder with proceeds going to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

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