Save The Date: February 25 is National Clam Chowder Day
How will you celebrate?
February 25th is National Clam Chowder Day. We know this because so many fans and friends of Blount’s best-on-earth clam chowder have written to tell us, and because a Google search proves it. One question that is not so easy to answer is “Says who?” There are websites where for a small fee, anyone can request that any day become the Official [insert almost anything here] Day.
Regardless of how, or by the authority of whom, February is National Clam Chowder Day and we think that’s a pretty good thing. It’s a good thing because we love clam chowder, and we make lots of it – as much as you out there are willing to devour. Our favorite, of course is New England Clam Chowder, with a look as familiar as it’s aroma and flavor. Our favorite way to eat New England Clam Chowder is in a bowl with oyster crackers.
What is your favorite way? Tweet it out to #NationalClamChowderDay, and be sure to tag @BlountFineFoods. If we like your tweet, we may just feature it in an upcoming blog post, and maybe send you a little something to reward your creativity.
Anyway, thinking about National Clam Chowder Day got us thinking about what else might have happened on February 25th across all of history. It turns out that Clam Chowder worship may be the biggest thing that’s every happened to 2/25.
As far as we can tell, from about the dawn of time to about the end of the 1700s, other than some occasional bad behavior by some emperors, dukes and despots here and there, not much really happened on that date in history.
But something that happened on 2/25/1793 caught our eye, especially in this day of politics being so divisive and mean spirited. Something happened that day to remind us politics hasn’t always been a bloodsport. In fact, 223 years ago next Thursday, George Washington held his (and the nation’s) very first cabinet meeting AT HIS HOUSE! We can’t be sure what Martha served her husband’s guests that day, but if lunch didn’t start with a bowl of thick, creamy clam chowder, then an opportunity was squandered.
Forty five years later, on 2/25/1938, in what may be a precursor to reality programming, headlines for the sake of celebrity, and fame without talent, some guy in London walked backwards for 20 miles, then stopped and walked forward back to his starting point. All this in just eight hours! And now this fact is one tiny piece of debris piled up in a dusty corner of the internet.
For the next 86 years, a bunch of important-but-boring things happened on the 2/25s that came and went. In a Maryland high school basketball game that would certainly give any “helicopter parent” or “tiger mom” something to swell their chests (and head) about, Marie Boyd scored 156 points as her team routed their opponent 163-3. Do you think Marie pointed in acknowledgement at each teammate who gave her the assist as she made her way back up the court to defend the next possession? Her parents must have been so proud…
We also looked at birthdays celebrated by famous people born on February 25th, and gladly found quite a few interesting folks. But we are going to wait until next Thursday to share them, when we can actually toast them and wish them a birthday where all their chowder dreams come true.
Don’t forget, tweet us about your favorite way, or occasion, to enjoy clam chowder. Don’t forget the hashtag #NationalClamChowderDay and to tag @BlountFineFoods.