Tuesday is International Chowder Day. Duke’s Chowder House on the Ruston waterfront has a way for everyone to celebrate – for free.
All six locations in the Seattle-based restaurant chain will give away free small bowls of chowder during operating hours Tuesday Nov. 13. You can get chowder at the Ruston Way location or others. Details:
Duke’s Free Chowder Day
Where: Duke’s Chowder House on Ruston Way, as well as restaurants in Kent, Southcenter and three Seattle locations
When: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 13, 2012
What: Get a free “small” bowl of chowder if you show up
From Duke’s Chowder House:
Duke Moscrip, the restaurant’s owner and founder, is pleased to share his signature specialty with chowder enthusiasts. A restaurateur for more than 40 years, Duke first developed a taste for clams at his New England grandfather’s dinner table. Duke didn’t particularly love grandpa’s chowder, which was brothy and full of robust clam flavors, but Grandpa made it clear that if Duke wanted the chocolate éclairs sitting in the middle of the dinner table then he’d eat that chowder and learn to like it. Indeed, Duke developed an astute taste for clams back then. Many years later, when Seattle was hosting a massive chowder competition in the 1980s, Duke and his then chef rose to the challenge and submitted their carefully crafted chowder. Duke’s clam chowder won that competition by a landslide three years in a row. The creamy clam chowder has been a fixture on his menus ever since.
Hey, here’s something interesting for home cooks, Moscrip’s guide to making chowder. How many times have you had pasty chowder? Moscrip pinpoints the problem – a crummy roux. I thought he was dead on with his rant against carrots, which “have no place in chowder.” He doesn’t mention bacon and its delicious friendship with clams, though.