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National Clam Chowder Day is Feb. 25. There are actually more variations on clam chowder than most foodies know, but the reigning three are Manhattan, Rhode Island and New England.
Manhattan clam chowder is tomato based, a tad spicy and, along with the requisite potatoes, might even include some bacon. Rhode Island clam chowder is the clearest of the lot. New England clam chowder is creamy goodness. It too either boasts some bacon or bacon drippings, has its fair share of potatoes and celery, but it's the heavy cream that separates it from the pack.