> > > >

Rocky Point Clam Chowder



Rocky Point Clam Chowder is a pale pink thick seafood soup.

It contains salt pork, onions, potatoes, paprika, puréed tomatoes, quahog clams, crushed pilot crackers, and clam juice.

Though it uses tomatoes like Manhattan chowder, it differs in that it's thicker, a paler red, uses a lot of clam juice, and has paprika.

Old potatoes are used, because they are starchier than new potatoes, and so help to thicken the soup.

History Notes

The recipe originated or was at least popularized at Rocky Point Amusement Park on Narragansett Bay in Warwick, Rhode Island, where it was served in the Rocky Point Shore Dinner Hall.


The Hall could seat over 1,000 people at very long tables, with people sitting at either side.

Big pots of Rocky Point Clam Chowder were placed on the tables, and people helped themselves. It was served with clam cakes.

The dining hall and neighbouring amusement park were destroyed in September 1938 by a hurricane. It reopened after the war in 1946, but was destroyed again by hurricane in 1954,

A rebuilt version was so big -- able to seat 20,000 people at once -- that it was called the "Chowderdome."

It was finally closed in 1996.

The recipe is now public.

Please share this information with your friends. They may love it.


Comments

See also:

You may also like:

logo

Bon mots

"Goat cheese produced a bizarre eating era when sensible people insisted that this miserable cheese produced by these miserable creatures reared on miserable hardscrabble earth was actually superior to the magnificent creamy cheeses of the noblest dairy animals bred in the richest green valleys of the earth."

-- Russell Baker (American writer, 1925 - )

Food Calendar

food-calendar-icon
A calendar tracking what happens when in the world of food.
  • food day iconPretzel Day (Today)
    Pretzel Day started in 1983, announced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Robert Walker from Pennsylvania. It was re-declared as such by US Congressman Joseph Pitts of Pennsylvania, in the House of Representatives on Thursday, 26 April 2001.

Myth of the Day

Myth Picture Read more >