Originally posted on National Day Calendar:
NATIONAL FRIED CLAM DAY
National Fried Clam Day is observed annually on July 3rd. Fried clams are an iconic food in the New England states. They tend to be served at seaside clam shacks or roadside restaurants. The clams are dipped in milk and coated with a combination of regular, corn, and/or pastry flour. Then the coated clams are fried in oil. They can be “clam strips” (sliced parts of hard-shell clams) or whole soft-shell clams. Whole softshell clams impart a fuller flavor, however, some restaurants remove the clam’s neck.
In 1914, Lawrence Henry “Chubby” Woodman and his wife Bessie opened a small concession sand on Main Street in Essex, Massachusetts. On week-ends they sold small grocery items, homemade potato chip and fresh clams that Chubby dug himself. At first business was slow but on July 3, 1916, things began to change.
It was on that day…
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